Intern. Apprentice. Deshi - Authent/Ink

Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal is currently accepting applications for shop intern with a pathway to being a Deshi (apprentice) at Authentink Studio for the future.

 You must be loyal, honest, punctual, patient, dependable and fluent in English reading and writing. You should be under 26 years old and a permanent resident or citizen of Australia. It would help it you liked people and were a sociable person with a good mindset as this is a service position above anything else, as is tattooing. No negative or misanthropic people need apply.

You should enjoy cleaning and whatever task you are doing (or be well adept at faking enjoying it) & have an interest in Japanese art, Japanese tattooing and culture and be dedicated to improving your drawing at all time, of course.

Familiarise yourself with Horisumi, his history, his work, and his studio. 

If you are just looking to learn ‘how to tattoo’ this is not really the position for you, if you are already tattooing unprofessionally and are looking to up-skill yourself, this is definitely not a position for you unless you want to start completely from the beginning.

**Please do not DM, Facebook message, email, call the shop about this position or drop by the studio without an appointment in regards to this position, I can’t stress this enough. Please read the entire page and follow the instructions. 

Application instructions are below. 

If accepted as an apprentice/Deshi please bear in mind it is a minimum 3-5 year commitment to Horisumi and the studio depending on the pathway you take, 5/6 days a week, 10 hours a day. There is payment involved but they are apprentice wages tipped out from the artists you will be assisting.  After years of dedicated work (if you fulfil your duties and stay the course) you will be a professional, accomplished (Japanese style or other) tattoo artist with a full body of knowledge in both machine and Tebori tattooing,  a great portfolio and you will be ready to tattoo anywhere in the world as a respected tattooer or stay on at the studio as a full time artist. If you stay honourable and loyal you will forever be part of the Horisumi Family Legacy.

To be considered for the position please write a handwritten letter on paper telling Horisumi about yourself, why you want to tattoo and what you want and expect from tattooing, be as honest as possible, don’t say what you think he wants to hear. Please include a recent photo of yourself and you may include some drawings or other art mediums in the letter if you like, put it all in an envelope and post it to the address below, do not drop it off in person, do not scan it and email, do not drop it off to our mailbox please…. Pay attention to the the proper instructions outlined here for the application process, it is a test of your ability to follow instructions.

please post your completed application package to:

 Kian ‘Horisumi’ Forreal
#306 4-14 Buckingham St.
Surry Hills, NSW
Australia 2010

Good luck!

Reference information below


An internship is a job training for white collar and or professional careers.

Internships for professional careers are similar in some ways but not as rigorous as apprenticeships for professions, trade and vocational jobs, but the lack of standardisation and oversight leaves the term open to broad interpretation. Interns may be college or university students, high school students, or post-graduate adults. These positions may be paid or unpaid and are usually temporary.

Generally, an internship consists of an exchange of services for experience between the student and an organisation. Students can also use an internship to determine if they have an interest in a particular career, to create a network of contacts, or to gain school credit. Some interns find permanent, paid employment with the organisations for which they worked upon completion of the internship. This can be a significant benefit to the employer as experienced interns often need little or no training when they begin regular employment. Unlike a trainee program, employment at the completion of an internship is not guaranteed.

An intern is a a student or trainee who works, sometimes without pay, in order to gain work experience or satisfy requirements for a qualification.

synonym: trainee, apprentice, probationer, student, novice, learner, beginner; person doing work experience



Deshi is a Japanese word, but it is also used in English. Often, people define deshi as a student, but that does not truly encompass the true meaning of deshi. Deshi means a disciple, a reverent follower, an apprentice, the disciple of the sensei(master). An uchi-deshi has a far stronger and more personal mentor-protege relationship with the sensei.

Uchi-deshi usually live in the dōjō or the home of the teacher, or in separate accommodations near the dōjō. He/She serves the teacher all day, every day. Duties may include cleaning and secretarial work. In contrast to uchi-deshi, students who live outside are referred to as soto-deshi ,”outside students”. Some dojo have uchi-deshi rooms right in the dojo.

Historically, an uchi-deshi was typically chosen and groomed to become the next head of a Tattoo Family when a direct family member was not available. Nowadays, the term is used synonymously as an apprenticeship.

i.e.: Sen-shi was the youngest uchi-deshi at the dojo: his hard work, great respect for his sensei, and his honor had earned him this position.

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