My Favourite Things of 2012

I know 2012 isn’t over quite yet, but here is a list of My Favourite Things of 2012.

 

New Product – Chobani Greek Yogurt (you can check out my healthy recipes at my other blog here). I was spoilt as they sent me a case of yogurts to test out; now I’m addicted.

Podcasts –

  • The Wind Up
  • I Love Green Guide Letters
  • Little Dum Dum club
  • The Art of Wrestling with Colt Cabana

 

Tattoo Expo –  Rites of Passage Festival 2012 where I got a hand poked/tebori tattoo from Horishin.

Fitness Bloggers –  

Jill Hanner
Kasey Arena – Powercakes
Cassey Ho – Pop Pilates

 

YouTubers –

Eat Your Kim Chi
Jenna Marbles
Daily Grace
You Deserve A Drink
My Drunk Kitchen

Movie – I think I only saw two or three new movies at the cinema this year and only because I reviewed them for Youthcentral. Going by that, Ted would have to be my favourite.

 

Song – Pink “Try”. The song has such deep and meaningful lyrics and visually beautiful video clip to accompany it.

 

Television Show – I Will Survive: Priscilla. I literally have never laughed as much at a reality television show. Tom was such a cutie.

 

Tattoo Artist – Benjamin Laukis

 

Magazine – Once again, Inked Australia.

 

New tattoo – I got quite a few tattoos this year, but my Bakeneko/Nekomata tattoo has inspired me to really look into Japanese mythology. I’m not sure when I’ll be getting tattooed again, so I’ll have to live vicariously through everyone else like I already do.

Traditional Japanese Tebori Tattooing

If you’ve always wanted to get a traditional hand poked tattoo but haven’t been able to make the trek to Japan, now is your chance. The Gomineko crew will be back in the Southern Hemisphere, attending the Melbourne Tattoo & Body Art Expo and the NZ Tattoo & Art Festival in November.

I was fortunate to experience tebori earlier this year at the Rites of Passage Festival. I got a Bakeneko/Nekomata tattoo from Horishin which was tattooed using the tebori hand poking method and the modern tattoo machine. You can read more about my experience here.

I was hoping to get a Kawauso tattooed on my other calf next month, however paying bills (unfortunately) comes before tattoos. I’m looking forward to being able to watch the Gomineko crew in action this time around. There’s just something all the more special about being tattooed using the same traditional methods as people centuries ago.

If you can’t make it to either expo, the Gomineko website has an extensive range of Japanese tattoo reference books which they ship worldwide.

The book topics include:

  • Plants/flowers
  • Buddhist imagery
  • Monsters/Demons
  • Animals
  • Geisha
  • Kimono patterns
  • Sketchbooks
  • Goth Lolita

If you’re interested in getting a traditional Japanese tebori piece, contact Crystal via email: info@gominekobooks.com

2 Down, 98 To Go

As you know, I spent Saturday at the Rites of Passage Festival where I crossed the second item off my bucket list.

#23 Get a traditional Japanese tattoo (Tebori).

You can read more about my experience at Day 2 of Rites of Passage here

I always love the surprise of not seeing my tattoo design until the last moment. All I told Crystal (the woman organising appointments for the Japanese artists), was that I wanted a bakeneko tattooed on my left calf.

if you search bakeneko on Google Images you’ll see various incarnations of this shape-shifting cat. There are anime versions and others with traditional clothing. I really had no idea what to expect. I was blown away by the detail of Hori Shin’s drawing.

The bakeneko was tattooed on me using both traditional and modern methods of tattooing.

The outline and some of the colour was done with an electric tattoo machine. It enabled Hori Shin to get perfect lines and tattoo the finer details on the face and the jacket.

The instrument used for hand poking looks similar to that of a paint brush, but instead of bristles, there are many tiny needles.

Here’s the finished product –

(Source – Hori Shin)

As you can see my calf is rather swollen and red, but that has since subsided.

I was surprised how little I could feel of the tattooing process, Perhaps it’s lucky that I have muscular calves. If it were possible, I would get all my tattoos done using the traditional Japanese hand poke method. It’s far more pleasant than the vibration of a tattoo machine.

I’ll be posting another photo once the tattoo has fully healed.

Now I need to think of which thing to cross off my bucket list next.

Rites of Passage Festival 2012

Yesterday I went to Day 2 of the 2012 Rites of Passage Festival. It was held at the Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens. The amazingly detailed painted walls and ceilings that decorate the building made for a perfect setting for equally amazing art being tattooed on people’s skin.

Once I stepped inside, I made a bee line to the Japanese booths. I wanted to see people getting hand poked tattoos to see what I was in for.

I couldn’t help but cringe at a young guy getting his stomach tattooed by another Japanese artist. Whenever he sat up to take a break, he looked white as a sheet. I’d love to see photos of that completed piece as I’m sure all the pain he went through would have been well worth it.

There was a slight miscommunication, as I was booked in to be tattooed 12-4pm, but was changed to later in the afternoon. It was probably a blessing as I was able to see most of the expo.

I would like to say a special thanks to Crystal from Gimeneko Books. She organises the artists to come to Australia from Japan, books their appointments with clients and acts as their translator. Crystal made sure the artists knew what to tattoo on people and answered any questions people had.

With time to waste, I made my way around the booths, trying not to spend all my money before getting tattooed. I was tempted to buy an adult animal costume at one booth. I don’t care how impractical it is, I really wanted that turtle costume.

I purchased an amazing Sam Rulz print of a hammerhead shark. I am obsessed with these creatures and hope to one day have one tattooed on me.

I love my henna tattoo that I got done on the top of my right hand. I couldn’t believe how quickly the woman drew it. She was doing all pieces completely free hand. The designs are said to last somewhere from 1 to 3 weeks.

The Outre Gallery booth was one I couldn’t miss. I finally got my hot little hands on Angelique Houtkamp’s books Tattoo Darling and Tattoo Mystique. There were plenty of Shawn Barber, Angelique Houtkamp and other artists framed and numbered prints on show.

I visited the Inked Australia magazine booth where I got to meet the lovely editor, Ness in person for the first time. I had a sneak peek of Issue 13 which is on sale this coming Wednesday, May 2nd.

Unfortunately I didn’t get around to the Tattoos for Wishes booth as I was running behind schedule due to my other tattoo. I still plan on making a donation to the Make A Wish Foundation. If you would like to also, click here for more details.

Overall it was such a great day. Being only the second tattoo expo that I have attended, I know I will be back next year. There’s nothing I love more than being surrounded by local and world renowned tattoo artists.