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. 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!
You can check out the restaurant via their website here. Give them a visit, you won’t be disappointed!