Consultant, Design & Special FX Tattoo
Experience: Tattooing since 1993 - Special FX for 10 years
If you’re looking for an authentic tattoo artist to apply convincing and realistic temporary or special effects tattoos for commercial film shoots/photo sessions or a professional tattoo consultant for such projects the look no further. Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal has years of experience working with temporary tattoo application for all kinds of media be it a small tattoo for a TV commercial, a sleeve for a music clip or a full japanese backpiece for a restaurant decor photo-shoot. Kian brings over two and a half decades of real world tattoo experience to the table and not only paints on realistic tattoos that can convince anyone of their legitimacy but he can also provide consultation on the process, composition and artwork to make it as real to life as possible for any situation. Kian has done work for Sake Restaurants in both Sydney and Melbourne, HCF Insurance TV ads and Tiger Beer global campaign just to name a few.
All the imagery below is original artwork drawn and prepared by Kian Forreal and applied using his painting technique.
Tiger Beer is one of the most popular beers of South East Asia, and is expanding its market into Europe, the US and Asia Pacific. For their latest ad campaign, they reached out to Kian Horisumi Forreal to develop a concept based on oriental style tattoo art. His brief was to create something powerful that lives up to the same brand ethos of Tiger Beer, something with an oriental feel to it, but that does not hail to any one particular culture or country, and of course it had to contain the iconic Tiger Beer logo.
Kian came up with the concept below, for a full back piece and sleeves, of a majestic tiger climbing a mountain above a waterfall, with the moon rising in the background.
Bamboo is traditionally then flora used alongside the tiger, its natural habitat. And the peony is a strong, masculine flower, the King of Flowers, to go alongside the King of Beasts.
This concept and final artwork took months of sketching, presenting, back and forth with approvals and changes. But once it was approved, it was only one short week until the next stage was underway. A 14 hour day was ahead of them, to paint this full back piece and then do a photoshoot afterwards, for the next global campaign of Tiger Beer.
First step was to apply the stencil and then free-hand on the extra elements and the background (water, clouds and wind bars)
The painting process took two artists 12 hour to complete. It was a marathon effort by both Kian and Lance, not to mention a patient model!
It was a huge undertaking by everyone involved, but it was not over. Once the artwork had been completed, the model went on to do a 2 hour photo shoot!
The final result on a bus shelter in Perth!!
Sake Restaurant Sydney
In 2013 Kian Forreal undertook a unique side project to his normal tattooing and business owner duties. An interior design firm approached Kian for his expertise and assistance in creating a new and authentic design to update and invigorate their award winning restaurant in The Rocks. Sake Restaurant has multiple locations around Australia, who will also eventually receive the “Kian Forreal interior upgrade”, however the Sydney flagship restaurant in The Rocks was the first, and has been awarded a Chef’s Hat, and has also been named the Best Asian Restaurant by the prestigious RCA Awards.
The new design would embrace the culture of large scale traditional Japanese tattooing. In order to ensure a unique design, Kian Forreal undertook the project to do body painting on two models for a special photoshoot for the interior design.
Kian drew up two designs, one for a peony 1/2 sleeve, with chest piece and another for a full back traditional dragon.
Once the stencil was applied, each petal, leaf and scale was painstakingly painted in, layer upon layer to create a traditional tattoo look and feel.
The result was amazing! After hours of the model sitting perfectly still and upright, she was off to hair and make up and ready to get in front of the camera!
The finished product, online and in real life at the restaurant
A huge thanks to the models for their patience, and for not moving an inch the whole day while being painted!
Sake Restaurant Melbourne
After the success of the Sydney Sake restaurant interior design project with Kian Forreal, he has been asked to extend the designs into the newly renovated Melbourne Sake restaurant on the renowned Flinders Lane.
As with the last project, Kian was brought in to do traditional japanese tattoo style body painting on the models. This time, the motif was a koi sleeve with his senjafuda, and a snake back piece. See below the progress shots of the day
So far only the digital social media files have been released, but we will update this post asap when the interior design has been installed and photographed.