Lots going on in Authentink Tattoo world this past month…
Enku Shoji has left the building as of April 29, 2017 to go explore other pastures and broaden his horizons, we wish him luck and he will be greatly missed by us all!… [read more]
Lots going on in Authentink Tattoo world this past month…
Enku Shoji has left the building as of April 29, 2017 to go explore other pastures and broaden his horizons, we wish him luck and he will be greatly missed by us all!… [read more]
Ahh.. the joys of running a tattoo studio! 😀 Authent/Ink Tattoo Studio is now looking to add 2 new permanent tattoo artists to the shop. We are seeking artists specialising in colour neo-traditional, American traditional, girly traditional.. along those lines.
Our studio is very busy and perfectly located in the centre of Sydney close to Central Station.… [read more]
Two new artists at @authentink_studio this coming month of May!! Very exciting. First we have Jarrad Serafinocoming from Melbourne to do a 2 week guest spot with us on May 9th.. he does super clean Japanese and American traditional both in very classic styles, we can’t wait (hoping he’ll be a regular visitor!) And Soo Tattoo is coming from Korea and starting with us permanently on May 26 – awesome Japanese style and he’s ready to take on Australia 🇦🇺 Click on their names to for full portfolios and use our contact form to make a booking or give us a ring!… [read more]
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.… [read more]
We are a very busy tattoo studio with a great clientele and we are located in the heart of Sydney. It’s a great working environment and we have a solid dedicated team.
At the moment we are looking for a Japanese style tattoo artist, either traditional Japanese or neo-Japanese..… [read more]
Its the Sydney Tattoo Expo this weekend and we are there in full force from Friday to Sunday at the International Convention Centre in Darling harbour. The studio will remain open for the weekend as well with our artists rotating between the shop and the expo.… [read more]
Hey.. so I’ve had a project in the works for months and months now.. and today is the day I can finally go public with it..finally.
I am proud to announce a collaboration between myself and Archie Rose Distilling Co. @archierosesyd bringing you a series of limited release bespoke gins based on the Japanese seasons and flavoured with unique and delicious botanicals..… [read more]
Like every year we are closed for Australia Day so that our artists and staff can enjoy family time and the great outdoors and celebrate this great country we all live in!
So we won’t be answering the phones, the door or emails on Thursday January 26th.… [read more]
People love getting tattooed in summer. Maybe its because people are high on holiday spirit, or they’ve been inspired by hanging out at the beach seeing beautiful half naked bodies sporting their tattoos. Or perhaps people have made new years resolution to get that tattoo they’ve always dreamed of.… [read more]
Authentink Studio Crew wants to wish a very Happy New Year to all our old and new loyal clients for the coming year 2017! All the best from us and the best of luck to you all! Cheers!… [read more]
Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal is now accepting applications for a shop intern with a pathway to being Horisumi’s personal Deshi at Authentink Studio in Sydney after a probationary period for the right candidate.
You must be honest, punctucal, dependable and fluent in English reading and writing.… [read more]
Another year is drawing to a close, and we’re all starting to day dream about days off by the beach with a cold beer in hand. As everyone eyes off all the other semi-naked people at the beach, they think, hey I want to get a tattoo!… [read more]
Some people like animals more than humans, its just a fact. And so it therefore seems totally acceptable to get a tattoo of your fury little companion, forever on your body. I mean, people get portraits of their (human) loved ones, why not a pet?!… [read more]
The rose tattoo has been around for practically as long as tattooing itself, with the motif being synonymous with old traditional American old school sailor tattoos. However, over time the rose motif has been re-worked into several different styles, which now allows the owner to truly have a unique tattoo of something considered a fairly common motif.… [read more]
We are super excited to announce the addition of a new artist to our permanent/full time artist line up!
Gus Honey will join our team from Wednesday 14th December to fill the big Black & Grey realism “shoes” Jonas has left empty since returning to Denmark.… [read more]
Earlier this year, Kian travelled to Japan to indulge in a rare opportunity to observe one of the true tattoo masters of Japanese tattoo hard at work in his private studio. Gifu Horihide is famous globally, and has had a huge impact on tattoo art and culture as we know it today, and not just in Japan.… [read more]
Photo taken by Kian Horisumi Forreal at Nikko Temple in Japan
The koi fish arrived from China in Japan in the early 1600’s as prized pets of the rich aristocrats. Considered ‘living flowers’ bred for the unusual shapes and color.… [read more]
Grab a copy of Inked’s latest magazine to read a fantastic write up on our studio, with a mini feature on not just our artists, but also our amazing shop manager and apprentices!
Raijin is the god of lightning, thunder and storms in Japanese mythology and is a common motif in Japanese art and tattoo culture. His name is derived from the Japanese words rai, meaning thunder and shin, meaning god. He is typically depicted as a demon looking spirit, beating drums to create thunder, usually with the tomoe symbol drawn on the drums.… [read more]
The Peony is considered the best of flowers and is known as the King of flowers in Japan. In short it means elegance and wealth. With it’s large and spreading petals, which are delicately curled at the edges, the peony has been called “the rose without thorns”.… [read more]
Give the gift that lasts a lifetime… a great tattoo from Authentink Studio! Gift Vouchers are available in any amount and we can post them to you or you can pick them up in person. We accept PayPal & bank transfer for mail order vouchers and ‘cash only’ in the studio, we do not have credit card facilities or eftpos machines! … [read more]
We proudly welcome our friend, colleague and an amazing artist Inma to the Authentink Team once again.. she has worked with us before and she loved it so much she came back to stay for a while…
Small sample of her work below…
Our resident realism master is heading back home to Denmark as his tenure here in Australia has come to an end… and so we need to fill the very big space he is leaving behind. Check out the link.. tag a friend..… [read more]
The Art Gallery of NSW hosts an “Art After Hours” talk most Wednesday evenings in the lobby at the gallery in Sydney, covering a number of different topics. In conjunction with the Perseverance Exhibition at the Japan Foundation, and also with the Yoshitoshi : One Hundred Aspects of the Moon exhibition on the at the Art Gallery of NSW, Kian Horisumi Forreal was invited to come in to have a chat with the fabulous Yumi Stynes in a program called Japanese Tattoos ; Ukiyo-e for the Body.… [read more]
Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal is now accepting applications for a shop intern with a pathway to being Horisumi’s personal Deshi at Authentink Studio in Sydney after a probationary period for the right candidate. Read more here…… [read more]
Hey Hey! So, we aren’t doing the Rites convention this year but are doing something better on the same weekend 🙂
On Sunday October 16th from 11am onwards we will be doing a ‘WALK-IN’ only day at the studio!… [read more]
Japanese tv… known for crazy shows like Takeshi’s Castle, AKBingo and Iron Chef. And now…. Kian Forreal!
Kian was interviewed by Japanese news channel TBS News on his involvement with the Japan Foundation and the opening of the Perseverance exhibition in Sydney.… [read more]
It has felt like the studio has always had a journalist or photographer loitering around everyday this week!… [read more]
Last night was the official opening of the Perseverance Exhibition in Sydney, hosted by the Japan Foundation in conjunction with the Art Gallery of NSW. This is the first time the photographic exhibition has left its home country of the United States at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. … [read more]
We were lucky to partner with some amazing people to make our anniversary party that little bit more special…. Here’s a shout out to them all…
Official sponsors, and just generally all round nice guys, Archie Rose Distillers came with crates of booze to keep our guests happy and hydrated, serving their signature cocktails all night long!… [read more]
Three years sounds like a short amount of time, but when we look back at what we have built, it seems like a lifetime. Kian Forreal’s Authentink Tattoo Studio has 7 full time artists, with regular local, interstate and overseas guest artists coming all the time.… [read more]
In the never-ending, often exhausting quest for hot spicy content to bring to you, our lovely, eternally thirsty readers, some PEDESTRIAN.TV writers would most likely draw the line at, say, imprinting their bodies with ink for the rest of their lives, just for a story.… [read more]
We are so happy to have Jonas back at Authentink, our honorary Danish tattoo family member! Jonas brings his black and grey realism mastery to our studio, with a long list of clients waiting for their consult time with him. He wows us with his mad tattoo skill, and adds another level of class to our studio.… [read more]
Do yourself a favour and read this before you get your first or next tattoo!
Here are the top things to consider, as per Kian’s advice!
In conjunction with the Perseverance Exhibition coming to town, brought in by the Japanese Foundation and the Art Gallery of NSW, Kian Horisumi Forreal was approached by SBS to give his insight into the mysterious would of traditional Japanese tattoos. The full article can be found here…
“Japanese tattoo has got a rich cultural history – it’s powerful, it’s strong, it’s classic and timeless,” Horisumi tells SBS.… [read more]
The new issue of Inked Magazine is out in the news stands! Go grab yourself a copy! Kian’s column this takes a break from Japanese tattoo history lessons, and instead delves into the complexities of the NSW tattoo licensing laws. Definitely worth a read!… [read more]
It is with sadness we say goodbye to Jess Martucci after a year of working with us at Authentink Studio! He became part of the tattoo family and a good friend to many of us.. Alas the road calls to him and he has set out on another journey around the globe tattooing his way through Asia and then on to Europe later in the year.… [read more]
See the artistry of traditional Japanese tattoo up close and personal in this stunning photographic exhibition, direct from the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.
Perseverance features the work of seven internationally acclaimed tattoo artists—Ryudaibori (formerly Horitaka), Horitomo, Horishiki, Miyazo, Shige, Junii and Yokohama Horiken—along with tattoo works by selected others.… [read more]
Inked Artists Volume #9 is out now, and features all of Authentink Tattoo Studio’s artists!!!
See below for a taster, but you’ll need to go out and buy a copy of the magazine to see the details, and some the artists have 4 -6 page spreads!… [read more]
We have an opportunity for an immediate start for the right guest artist with possibility to stay on longer on full time. We are seeking motivated, dedicated and talented artists that want to be busy and make a name for themselves in Sydney whilst working with learning from some of the best.… [read more]
On Thursday, 28th July, Authentink held its first ever Ladies Night! An evening hosted purely for the ladies, with sparkling wine, cheese and antipasto plates, and sweet treats alongside awesome tattoos! We couldn’t have anticipated the amazing response and attendance on the night, with over 120 people coming through the doors and over 50 tattoos done on the night, with many more booking in to come in another day so they don’t miss out!… [read more]
On Saturday, 23rd July Horisumi was invited to the Art Gallery of NSW to present a lecture on the Art and Culture on Japanese Tattooing.
“Follow my talk as we explore the links between old world Japans’ ‘Floating World pleasure disctricts’, Kabuki theater, ukiyo-e woodblock prints, their master artists and how it all ties in together to give birth to a style of tattooing known the world over as Traditional Japanese Tattoo.… [read more]
July 28th at 7:30pm!
Our first ever Ladies Night at @authentink_studio ! We are super excited to announce this and put on this event! Sparkling wine, nibbles and chilled beats to create a glamorous atmosphere while we do walk-ins for the ladies and gents of Sydney.… [read more]
Horisumi will be doing a 2 hour lecture on July 23rd, 2016 from 2-4pm at the prestigious Art Gallery of NSW on the history and culture of Japanese Tattooing. Very exciting! You can book tickets online to attend on the link below… as seats are limited you should jump at the chance if interested because we think it might be quite popular!… [read more]
People get tattooed for many different reasons. Memorial tattoos, traditional tattoos, decorative tattoos, Japanese tattoos, American tattoos, geometric tattoos, cover-up tattoos, spur of the moment impulse tattoos.
But its certainly a sign the times are changing when a mainstream private health insurance company is covering the cost of tattooing over a mastectomy scar!… [read more]
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.… [read more]
In 2016, legendary streetwear store Culture Kings approached Kian Forreal to participate in an apparel collaboration with Rats Get Fat.
The “Rats Get Fat” brand represents a collection of hardworking individuals drunk on good times, refusing to fall in-line and conform.… [read more]
Sometimes it feels like tattoos are everywhere. It feels like everyone has a tattoo, both genders, all ages, all walks of life. It seems to have just sprouted up recently as it now widely accepted in mainstream circles in Western culture.… [read more]
Earlier in the year, 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.… [read more]
Choosing the floral component to go with your Japanese tattoo can be quite hard when you educate yourself on the meaning and symbology behind each motif. There are some basic pairings that go together, they just work. Like tiger and bamboo.… [read more]
Lance St Vincent is the newest member of the Authentink team. He uprooted his life on the NSW South Coast to move to Sydney when he was offered the opportunity to join Kian as his crew. He still travels back every weekend to see his girlfriend, family and cat.… [read more]
Oui Oui! Jess is back in action! His tattoo license has been approved and he’ll be back on the tools making awesome tattoos! Email or call the shop to book in a consult or drop in for walk ins all week too!… [read more]
Grab your copy of Inked AU Magazine to read Kian’s latest article. For a bit of a change of pace, Kian will be using this and the next few issues to highlight some tattoo history, focusing on the origins in Japan and its impact on the west, and western tattooing!… [read more]
Following on from the previous post on the Senja Matsuri festival, here are just some of the pics that Kian took while there last weekend. Also keep your eyes peeled for the next Inked AU magazine for Kian’s full write up!… [read more]
The Sanja Matsuri Festival will be held this weekend in Tokyo at the Asakusa shrine. It is considered the largest and wildest Shinto festivals in Tokyo. The festival is held in honour of the three men who established and founded the Asakusa shrine.… [read more]
Lest we forget
To honour our troops we are offering a 15% discount to all active serving members of the Australian Defence Force on all tattoos done between Tuesday 26th and Saturday 30th. Call us on 8399 1973 or drop by the shop to book in!… [read more]
Some new images of Ning’s latest tattoo works!
Check out the rest of his work and his biography here!
The expo is done and dusted for another year! Huge thanks to everyone who came down to say hi, and to those who got tattooed! It’s so great to catch up with everyone and also meet new people from the industry.… [read more]
The whole @authentink_studio will be here doing awesome tattoos this Friday and Saturday!
@jess_martucci and @betrayers4mutineers will be doing walk-ins, beautiful traditional, Japanese, script lettering, dotwork and small walk in designs! First in first served, don’t miss out!
Our shop mobile is still down but ring us on the land line 8399 1973 or drop in with no appointment necessary..… [read more]
If you are lucky enough, and determined enough, to get a back piece from Horisumi, you will get the honour of having his Senjafuda tattooed on you within your back piece.
Senjafuda began as stickers or scraps of paper posted on the gates of shrines or temples, and bore the name of the worshipper who placed it there.… [read more]
Check out this awesome short film made about our shop Authentink Studio and its founder Horisumi Kian Forreal. Watch in full screen for the full effect!
Authentink – East to West ~ Horisumi Kian Forreal
A look inside Sydney, Australia’s premier tattoo shop – Authentink Studio and the man behind it, Horisumi Kian Forreal.… [read more]
Update July 30th: Emails seems to back online so we are working through the backlog… thanks for your patience! 🙂
UPDATE: July 29th. Server still down but we have a work around now so please email us again if we have not replied and we’ll get back to you ASAP!… [read more]
We will be closed on Tuesday 26th January 2016 for Australia Day.
Grab yourself a beer in one hand, a lamb chop in the other and head to the beach! That’s what we’ll be doing!! 😉 And come visit us on Wednesday 27th at 11am when we reopen!… [read more]
You’ve been thinking for a while of getting a tattoo, and one day you wake up and say, fuck it, let’s do it! You research your local tattoo shops, or maybe you already had one in mind or had been referred to a quality place, and off you go to get your tattoo.… [read more]
Collide Magazine is a highly respected, Sydney based Art & Culture quarterly magazine. Adam de Ville interviewed Kian on his tattoo origins, how he came into the industry and on Traditional Japanese tattoos and the artwork he loves so much.
Collide Art & Culture is a free, high-quality print publication focusing on both established and emerging musicians, artists and designers – showcasing the best in alternative music, art and fashion throughout the Australian and international context.… [read more]
Joining over 200 local and international artists, the Authentink Crew will be out in force in our biggest booth yet at the Sydney Australian International Tattoo Expo this year, on 11-13 March 2016. Spanning over 3 days, our artists will be bringing their unique and individual styles out on display for you to see!… [read more]
Happy New Year from all of us at Authentink Studio! We are all back to normal hours and days and holidays and ready to rock! We have a full shop for this summer with a great line up of talented artists that cater to every style of tattooing that matters! … [read more]
The Australian Tattoo and Body Art Expo returns to Melbourne for three days this weekend, 4-6th Dec 2015 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Over 250 artists will be in attendance for your viewing pleasure, coming from all corners of the globe like Russia, U.K., Bali, U.S.A., Hong Kong, Netherlands, Italy, Japan, China, Singapore, Finland and Indonesia.… [read more]
If you like tattoos and are on social media, then you’ve probably seen all the “worlds worst tattoos” pages that circulate your news feed. More often than not, they are portrait tattoos, of someone’s loved one tribute gone wrong. Capturing the character, the life, the spark and the beauty of a human face is difficult in any medium, but especially hard with ink on skin.… [read more]
In various spiritual traditions, mandalas may be utilised for focusing attention of practitioners, as a spiritual guidance tool, for establishing a sacred space, and as an aid to meditation.
The Sakura, or cherry blossom features heavily in traditional Japanese tattoos. The Sakura tree blooms in Spring, and the blossoms appear en masse and are an extremely beautiful sight to see. The transience of the blossoms, the extreme beauty and quick death, has often been associated with mortality and for this reason, cherry blossoms are richly symbolic and are featured in almost all forms of Japanese art as they depict a glorious life and sudden death, popularly linked to the lives and deaths of warriors and samurai.… [read more]
It’s official, Lance loves us! He is now permanent and full time with us at Authentink Studio.
Hailing from the NSW south coast, Lance St. Vincent is making the move up to the big smoke to become Authentink’s newest permanent tattoo artist!… [read more]
Here are the four most recent completed Traditional Japanese Backpieces by Horisumi Kian Forreal showing the incredible amount of detail, craftsmanship and complexity he puts into his work. Each of these backs took nearly 2 years to complete and a serious amount of perseverance, discipline and commitment was needed by the clients.… [read more]
Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal is now accepting applications for shop assistant with a pathway to being Horisumi’s personal apprentice at Authentink Studio in Sydney. You must be honest,, punctucal, dependable and fluent in English reading and writing. You must be 25 years old or younger and a permanent resident of Australia.… [read more]
We have finally uploaded an entire catalog of Kian’s ‘Authentink’ articles from Inked AU/NZ magazine to the website! You can read them all here! Enjoy~
Our resident guest artist Lance Vilbro will be doing a short guest spot next week from July 8-11th and then will start full time with Authentink Studio in August! Check out his work here
Call the shop or email us from the form on the right for consults or bookings!… [read more]
The latest issue of Inked Magazine is out now! Pick up a copy for yourself to read Kian Forreal’s monthly column, this time its about his love for Japan. A great read with a coffee in the winter sunshine!
Limited edition run of 13 prints of A4 skull and Sakura watercolor painting. Signed and numbered. Original available still for purchase, please contact Kian.
$20 – shipping included Australia wide, $25 international for prints. Can be picked up in person and bought at the shop or ordered via email on contact page!… [read more]
Horisumi & Tradition
As of 2015 I only use hand ground, high grade sumi ink from Nara, Japan for all the black and shading in my traditional Japanese tattoos . This year has been the time to honor the name I was given..… [read more]
Authentink Studio sadly has to say goodbye to Kei after nearly 18 months of having him with us! His time in Australia has come to an end and he is heading back to his native Japan to be with his family…!… [read more]