Authentink Studio – Professional Quality Custom Tattooing and Traditional Japanese Tattoo – Sydney Tattoo Shops & Sydney Tattoo Studios Australia 'Horisumi' Kian Forreal & Crew – World Wide Tattoo – Sydney Tattoo Artists

Inked – Authentink Articles

  1. Inked AU/NZ #33

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – May 2015

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    So I just stepped off the plane from Japan, 7 days in the land of the rising sun and endless sake and some of the best food you can get.… [read more]

  2. Inked AU/NZ #32

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – April 2015

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    I’ll keep this article sharp and concise as I haven’t slept in a couple months due to normal chaos at the shop and having a baby girl recently and so my normal humor is somewhat lacking… and I might be a tad cranky J This tattoo business makes a motherfucker crazy!… [read more]

  3. Inked AU/NZ #31

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – March 2015

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    Apprentices and apprenticeships. That’s a big topic these days all around the world due to the mass explosion of tattooing, amateur tattoo artists, scratchers, and a tattoo shop on every corner.… [read more]

  4. Inked AU/NZ #30

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – January 2015

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    So 2015, Happy New Year to one and all! Another great year ahead for Authentink Studio… out with the old and in with the new! Cut some dead wood from the shop recently… best thing I’ve ever done.… [read more]

  5. Inked AU/NZ #29

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – November 2014

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    Those of you who follow me on instagram or facebook will know that I spent the last half of September and most of October travelling around the world to a couple of the best tattoo conventions on the planet, namely the 10th anniversary edition of the London Tattoo Show and the 9th annual King of Tattoo convention in Tokyo!… [read more]

  6. Inked AU/NZ #28

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – October 2014

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    It’s funny to see and hear all the various stories and experiences and complaints on social media about the state of tattooing in the world. There isn’t one consistent theme amongst them; in Europe every talented tattooer is a painter, and some of them epic painters!… [read more]

  7. Inked AU/NZ #27

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – July 2014

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    So after a year now of officially being a shop owner I can firmly say with confidence that I have experienced the ‘other side’ of what it is to be a working tattoo artist.… [read more]

  8. Inked AU/NZ #26

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – June 2014

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    Hey hey, hope everyone had a nice Easter break and Anzac Day long weekends.. was nice to have 2 short weeks in a row! Sometimes I get caught up with work that days blend into weeks and then months and I put my head up and its the middle of may already!… [read more]

  9. Inked AU/NZ #25

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – March 2014

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    Cranky Monday morning… been a huge weekend dealing with the convention every day, socializing by night and then late night Sunday unpacking, sorting, putting everything away in the studio etc… hard work when you have a big booth like the Authentink Studio crew did.… [read more]

  10. Inked AU/NZ #24

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – January 2014

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    So I have been thinking a lot lately about what’s going on in the tattoo world and why many artists working a multitude of styles globally are so disillusioned with it on a philosophical level, myself included to some extent and I came to a few conclusions that I will share here with you.… [read more]

  11. Inked AU/NZ #23

     

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – November 2013

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    Bikies, tattoos, organized crime, tattoos, money laundering, tattoos, bikies again, tattoos, toxic tattoo pigments, tattoos, kids ruining their lives, tattoos, hepatitis, tattoos,, ebay kits, tattoos., lifelong regret, tattoos.… [read more]

  12. Inked AU/NZ #22

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – September 2013

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    Ah perspective. That devil that comes upon us when circumstances have changed, when the tides have shifted and what was once clear as day becomes murky and grey.… [read more]

  13. Inked AU/NZ #21

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – June 2013

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    Let me tell you a story about how and why I started to tattoo. A long long time ago I was punk rock kid living in Toronto, Canada and I really thought that having an Exploited (80’s era punk band) skull tattoo would be the most badass thing in the world to have.… [read more]

  14. Inked AU/NZ #20

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – May 2013

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    So it seems we are at a crossroads, and when I say ‘we’ I mean those of us that are involved in and in love with the tattoo world and tattoo art.… [read more]

  15. Inked AU/NZ #19

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – March 2013

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    I was talking with my young client the other day about his disbelief that in the ‘old days’ you’d just walk in to a tattoo shop and pick a design off the wall and get it done right there and then by some tattooer that you didn’t know, never heard of, or seen any of his work.… [read more]

  16. Inked AU/NZ #18

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – January 2013

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    A man with any character at all must have enemies and places he is not welcome—in the end we are not only defined by our friends, but also those aligned against us.… [read more]

  17. Inked AU/NZ #17

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – December 2012

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    With 2012 coming to an end soon while I sit here and write this -and if you believe the hype and conspiracies and the Mayans and the Aztecs..… [read more]

  18. Inked AU/NZ #16

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – September 2012

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    The swastika

    Love it or hate it, one cannot deny the power of the swastika in its role to mystify, enlighten, intrigue, divide or unite people. As of late It is a very misunderstood symbol, the swastika is a symbol older than civilization itself that extends into the dark past beyond the ice age that broke our recorded history of life on earth.… [read more]

  19. Inked AU/NZ #15

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – July 2012

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    One of the downsides to professional tattooing is the ‘sitting on your ass’ all day part, eating take out food for breakfast, lunch and dinner at your desk as fast as possible and then going home at night to draw while sitting on your butt again with a beer or wine at your side, the next thing you know you need to seriously upsize your wardrobe and take a good hard look at yourself.… [read more]

  20. Inked AU/NZ Interview with Kian

    Interview with Kian Forreal regarding his leaving of Inner Vision and opening his own private studio!

    July 2012

     

    So after so many years you’re moving on.. how does it feel?

    KF: It feels great to be moving on to the next phase in my career, I couldn’t be happier.… [read more]

  21. Inked AU/NZ #14

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – May 2010

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    Many years ago when I started getting tattooed you’d hear tattoo lingo that was rather hard to grasp the full or exact meaning of at the time. ‘Flash’ is one of these words and it lends itself solely to tattooing in the visual arts world (obviously we’re not talking photography here)… Flash is an old grafters term for ‘flashing’ something at a mark to entice them into your scam, if you’re pulling a caper then you might ‘flash’ a pile of money you borrowed from a fellow con artist to encourage someone to invest in your ‘once in a lifetime’ deal.… [read more]

  22. Inked AU/NZ #13

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – April 2012

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    Its been a long few weeks for me but the pace is finally slowing down. Lots of large drawing projects on the go, a few still to complete, and then researching and writing my seminar on traditional Japanese tattoo history for the tattoo expo in what little free time I had after working full time, and then just doing the expo and presenting the seminar each of the three days of the show between tattoo appointments!… [read more]

  23. Inked AU/NZ #12

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – February 2012

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    So whilst technology has made some facets of life easier and more convenient it has also wrought woe on the quality and authenticity of many forms of art and culture that up until recently could only be practiced by dedicated individuals who spent their time studying and had the patience to learn a craft inside and out and master the various skills necessary to practice the craft itself.… [read more]

  24. Inked AU/NZ #11

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – December 2011

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    I don’t know about everyone else but I didn’t get into tattooing to because I wanted to walk the straight and narrow, lead a normal life, follow the rules and run to teacher every time I needed help.… [read more]

  25. Inked AU/NZ #10

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – October 2011

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    Holy shit was I asleep or what??

    So while I was keeping my head down and staying busy with tattooing here in Sydney a lot has changed with tattooing around the world!… [read more]

  26. Inked AU/NZ #9

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – September 2011

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    So everyone wants to be a fuckin tattooer now! .. or at least try their hand at it. Can’t people just be happy getting tattooed? From this retarded TLC Tattoo School show that people all around the world are losing their shit over that is proposing to teach people the fundamentals of tattooing in 2 weeks during a reality show type atmosphere, to friends letting friends ‘Give it a try’.… [read more]

  27. Inked AU/NZ #8

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – August 2011

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    Fucking Facebook hey, either love or hate it, or in my case, both. Being a rather private person myself I loathe the personal information stream that emanates from facebook on a regular basis, whether its about me or someone else..… [read more]

  28. Inked AU/NZ #7

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article -July 2011

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    I wish tattooing were still illegal.

    There.

    I said it.

    With all this clamoring from the ‘tattoo world’ for acceptance and mainstream exposure, we have finally got it whether we like it or not… and you know what?… [read more]

  29. Inked AU/NZ #6

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – May 2011

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    Summer is finally here for the most part and the sun is shining and burning bright. If you’re a tattooed soul then conventional wisdom says you have but little choice this time of year; cover-up, apply a high spf sun cream or risk destroying your coveted artwork.… [read more]

  30. Inked AU/NZ #5

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – February 2011

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    If you google ‘Thai tattoo’ the majority of links that come up are people on forums asking the question; “Should I get tattooed in Thailand?” So lets talk about that… Now obviously I have a vested interest in people getting good tattoos here in Australia and supporting the nations talent, as that is where I work and ply my trade so as much as I’d like to say this is an objective article there will be some bias on my part based on the above.… [read more]

  31. Inked AU/NZ #4

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – October 2010

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    Ahh music.. the sounds that soothe the savage beast within, and nowhere could that apply more than in a tattoo shop. Many older and younger for that matter tattooers around the world come from the music scene of some sort, either ex musicians, clubland or rabid fans… I came from the late 80’s punk scene as lots of other contemporary tattoo artists do and have my background in that as both a fan and an ex singer in a band..… [read more]

  32. Inked AU/NZ #3

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – September 2010

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    A hot topic these days it seems is the question of why established tattoo artists are unhelpful, rude and downright nasty to wanna be tattooers. I mean they get really upset when the art of tattooing, with all its secrets, rituals, suppliers, references, ethics, procedures and tricks….… [read more]

  33. Inked AU/NZ #2

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – July 2010

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    From what I can tell more and more tattoo shops are opening up all over Australia and the world every day. I am not sure where all these tattoo people are coming from but there seems to be a steady rise in working tattooers available for potential clients to choose from.… [read more]

  34. Inked AU/NZ #1

    Inked AU/NZ – Authentink Article – April 2010

    by Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    When it comes to trends and popular tattoo movements you might find it hard to believe that 10 years ago you couldn’t give a koi fish tattoo away to most people.… [read more]

  35. Australian Inked #4

     

    Australian Ink – Authentink Article – February 2010

    By Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

     

    Ok.. holidays are over, hangovers are gone, credit cards are maxed out and everything is back to business as usual, thankfully! Now I want to set the record straight on a subject that I talk about everyday at the shop.… [read more]

  36. Australian Ink #3

    Australian Ink – Authentink Article – November 2009

    By Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

    After spending over 85 hours in an airplane recently whilst circumnavigating the globe to the farthest points west as you can go before hitting the other side of our friend the Pacific Ocean and then coming back east on a different route stopping at 8 major International cities along the way I can certainly tell you one thing; that tattooing is alive and well all over the world in a way it never has been before.… [read more]

  37. Australian Ink #2

    Australian Ink – Authentink Article – August 2009

    By Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

    ‘On the Road’ Tattoo Artist or ‘Guest Artist’ as we are sometimes known; most everyone involved in tattooing or getting tattooed has heard the term used at least once but what does it really mean for you the client and for the artist him/herself that is traveling around making tattoos in foreign cities around the world?… [read more]

  38. Australian Ink #1

    Australian Ink – Authentink Article – April 2009

    By Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal

    It really is true that books are judged by their covers, and people get the tattoos they deserve, whether or not they should or shouldn’t be isn’t the issue, fact of the matter is that first impressions are hard to live down if the cover is all that gets seen and you get what’s given if you don’t ask for something specific.… [read more]