NARA ISHIKAWA HANDPOKED TATTOOS
Most of the time I do handpoked tattoos from a small and beautiful little studio in Wadebridge, Cornwall. I enjoy tattooing animals, plants, people and art inspired pieces with a tiny needle. I love dot shading and try my best at clean lines.
When not in Cornwall I go to London or other cities where I guest at other studios. Keep an eye on my instagram where I post about my future guest spots.
I always had been an arty kid with drawing my favorite hobby. My interest in tattooing began when I was about 14 years old when my cousin started getting them. At the time back in Brazil, where I'm from, you were allowed to get tattoos at 15 with consent from your parents. At 15 I got my first tattoo (with parental consent)- a traditional Japanese sakura behind my neck. From then on I was more and more fascinated by the fact you could draw on skin.
I'm still fascinated that you can create images that stay put under the skin, its a crazy and interesting thing humans one day decided to do, I suppose. Like making bread or coffee. I find it crazy that one day someone decided to
to make flour from a grain, use bacteria for fermentation, then use fire to bake and finally make bread! A food item we often take for granted nowadays.
Humans can be assholes and we hate ourselves daily but its got to be said that we are interesting and we come up with some weird and wonderful things!
Tattoos is definitely under that magic umbrella! Whether the wearer of the tattoo is spiritual or not, they are part of a tradition that originated in a time where we wore tattoos for protection, strength, or social status.
"It has been believed that the wearer of an image calls the spirit of that image. The ferocity of a tiger would belong to the tattooed person." -A Brief History of Tattoos,
DO HANDPOKED TATTOOS HURT MORE THAN MACHINE TATTOOS?
Handpoked tattoos are often (but definitely not always) less painful. They also may take longer to do than machine tattoos so the position that you have to hold might be more uncomfortable.
WHY CHOOSE A HANDPOKED TATTOO OVER A MACHINE
There's no real reason to choose one over the other apart from what you are looking for in a tattoo. Handpoked tattoos have a different look than machine ones (sometimes lines can look dotty in comparison to a solid machine line, or the dots in the shading of a handpoked tattoo may look different if was done by machine) but I think the main thing you should think about is which artist you like and then go with them no matter what method they use.
DO HANDPOKED TATTOOS FADE FASTER THAN MACHINE TATTOOS?
Again, generally speaking no. Finer tattoos - with smaller lines and dots tend to be done more gently and may need touching up. In my point of view I prefer a tattoo that needs a touch up than one that blows out (this is when the tattooist goes too deep and the ink spreads under then skin in a bluish patch).
CAN I GET A TATTOO IF I AM 1.UNDERAGE / 2.PREGNANT / 3.BREASTFEEDING / 4.OVER 60
1. NO / 2. NO / 3. NO / 4. YES!
DO YOU REPEAT DESIGNS OR TATTOO DESIGNS BY OTHER ARTISTS?
I repeat designs if when they are first drawn they are intended to be repeated or when the person who claims the tattoo wants it to be repeated. Otherwise no, they are unique. I do tattoo pieces by other artists with permission and if I find the result will be good.
DO YOU USE VEGAN INK