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Authentink Tattoo Studio is the world renowned specialist studio

Authentink Tattoo Studio is the world renowned Irezumi specialist studio based in Sydney, Australia, famous for the many unique styles of traditional Japanese tattooing. Our current stable of accomplished and professional tattoo artists can create nearly every style of authentic tattooing and aim to produce the best tattoo art possible whist providing outstanding 5 star service.

 

 

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Our Story

The culmination of 25 years of hard work, discipline and perseverance

Authentink Studio is the culmination of 25 years of hard work, world travel/study, discipline and perseverance by its founder Kian “horisumi” Forreal.

In 2013, on the 20th anniversary of Kian “Horisumi” Forreal’s tattoo career the doors opened to Sydney Australia’s latest and greatest Japanese and Custom Style Semi- Private Tattoo Studio in the heart of Surry Hills Sydney.

Our Mission

Service, Integrity and Quality

  • My aim with Authentink Studio is to create a tattoo studio atmosphere where clients and artists can feel comfortable, relaxed and inspired, and artists can create authentic tattoo art in its various forms while clients can expect and receive quality, service and honesty in both their artists’ and art.

  • We deliver classic traditional Japanese tattoos that not only stand the test of time in quality not only through using handmade inks, the highest quality needles and the best equipment available, but also on their artistic merit by being true to the Traditional Japanese style and form that rose out of the Meiji Period of Edo Japan.

Our mission is to facilitate the creation of the highest quality tattoos using the latest modern and traditional techniques and equipment in a safe, clean and inspiring environment that our clients will wear with pride for many years to come.

Furthermore:
1) To create classic traditional Japanese tattoos that not only stand the test of time in terms of quality and longevity on a physical plane via using handmade inks, the highest quality needles and the best equipment available, but also on their artistic merit by being true to the Traditional Japanese style and form that rose out of the Meiji Period of Edo Japan.

2) To provide a safe, clean and inspiring environment for tattoo artists of any artistic discipline to create beautiful quality tattoos that make the artist and client proud of their achievement and clients confident that they acquired the best tattoo that they could.

In doing so my aim is give the wearer of these quality tattoos that I or another Authent/Ink artist creates a source of personal power, feeling of accomplishment and everlasting pride that will accompany them their entire lives and into the grave, all while practicing the safest methods of cross-contamination protection and adhering to the highest standards of cleanliness.

Honesty & Integrity - Quality & Service - Patience & Discipline

If for whatever reason you feel that I or another artist in my employ is not living up to these standards I urge you to bring it to my attention and discuss it with me immediately. I stand behind every tattoo that comes out of my studio

- Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal


World Class

Diverse Tattoo Styles

Premium Quality

High grade equipment

At Authent/Ink we only use the highest quality equipment and inks. Our inks are vibrant, long-lasting and non-toxic. All of our equipment is 100% clean and hygienic, sterilised in two state of the art, hospital grade autoclaves which are digitally and spore tested and certified annually. The business and each artist is registered with the NSW Health Department.

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Japanese Irezumi

Authentink Tattoo Studio is the world renowned Irezumi specialist studio based in Sydney, Australia, famous for the many unique styles of traditional Japanese tattooing that are being produced every day in the studio. We have 4 artists that create their own unique style of Japanese Tattooing and whom are wholly dedicated to creating authentic Japanese style irezumi and hormono and practice this style of the craft every day the studio is open.

  • Kian 'Horisumi' Forreal

    Professionally Tattooing Since 1993

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  • Soo Tattoo

    Professionally Tattooing Since 2012

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  • Lance St. Vincent

    Professionally Tattooing Since 2012

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Consult Preparation

Now that you have a consult booked with an artist at Authentink Tattoo Studio or are on the wait list for a consult with one of our artists there are some things you can do to get the most out of your tattoo experience and get the best result from your artist.

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1) You should have a pretty good idea of what you want to get tattooed, at least some rough ideas as to placement and design…    if you don’t then being opened minded is the way to go, all of our artists can make very good recommendations as to size and placement and what works and doesn’t as a tattoo so don’t worry if you’re unsure we can help, but the more thought you put into it before you come to see us the better.

2) While waiting for your consult spend some time researching your tattoo ideas, look online, browse artist galleries and then print some stuff out that you like and want to show your artist. When you come for your consult bring all your printed reference to show your artist making it much easier to discuss your ideas with them. Whilst you can use your phone or an iPad, printed on paper is a much better means of visualising your concepts.

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3) Come prepared mentally to make commitments to ideas and designs and dates and times. We don’t rush through consults so take your time with us and lets use your time and our time smartly to work out the tattoo you will live with forever. If you’re running late or in a hurry to leave let us know and we can book a second consult for you if need be, we take our tattooing seriously so there’s no rush to book you in until your are 100% ready.

4) Please bring a cash deposit for booking your appointment. The amount will vary depending on the size of the design, it could be $100 for a small design up to $1000 for a full backpiece..  this money goes towards your final tattoo price and is used to secure your tattoo appointments until your tattoo is finished.

We do not charge for drawings. All consults are free of charge.

Customer Reviews

Five Star Service

We pride ourselves on customer service and great tattooing that is true to the client and the art! All reviews are genuine and unsolicited.

  • By far the highest class of tattooing studio I have ever seen! Glenn is a amazing artist and I’m over the moon on what he has done! And all the help that was given and advice by the other amazing staff!

    Mitch Buckingham

    Thank you so much Soo for my arm piece! You did such an amazing job, it was more than I could imagine!!! You really have me thinking twice about coming back in the future to do my whole arm!

    Trang Hennessy

    Cannot recommend Authentink highly enough. I have had two pieces done there and about to have my third – every time I’m there the staff go out of their way to make me feel comfortable and ensure that I’m getting exactly what I want. The talent here is exceptional, all the artists are absolutely fantastic at what they do. Can’t wait to come back!

    Rachael Miles

    I had my first ever tattoo today age 47 & it was 10/10. Will the guest artist from Texas looked after me and from my original idea, he improved and redesigned it to be my unique and perfect tattoo to suit me. He was friendly, charming and supportive the whole way. He is a gem of a man. Thankyou to Will & all of the team, from my first enquiry to the completed tattoo.

    Amanda Horsfield

    “From start to finish I had an epic experience with Authentink – I spent years looking for the right artist to do a full back piece including major cover up and they did not disappoint. To have such an awesome environment at the same time was a cherry on top.”

    Nick Pascarl

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