Enjoyed this severed head on the back of a head , 2hours and 40 minutes for this one , good fun but painful
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Healed sleeve from last year
Lining this new backpiece out was a punishing session ,But looking forward to the end result
enjoying this koi and hibiscus 3/4 sleeve
Lyles sleeve has been one of my favourites in a while, both original and free of any real interference from the client ,I’m happy with its simplistic form and flow
Thrashed out this white koi on a shin in one full day session , looking forward to doing the rest !
Another pair of his n hers hands , on a barber kev from Mohair in the city centre I paid particular attention to the gentlemans haircut
Double koi cover up
Koi day sitting
Yokai sleeve ( jinmenju)
Had great fun working on this jinmenju sleeve a highly unusual subject read some more about what they are , the sleeve also features hanafuda cards from the traditional Japanese card game
This tree is found in mountain valleys. The fruit of the tree looks like a human head. It doesn’t say a word, but it is constantly laughing. It is said that if the fruit laughs too heartily, it falls from the tree.
According to the Edo period Hyakka Jiten encyclopedia Wakan Sansai Zue (和漢三才図会; A Collection of Pictures of Heaven, Earth, and Man from China and Japan), the Jinmenju trees are found in the south, and the fruit of the tree is called the jinmenshi, or human-faced child. They ripen in the fall, and if you eat the fruit they have a sweet/sour taste. It is said that the Jinmenju seed also has a human face, eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. It is possible that the trees were all eaten and it is why we don’t see them today.
In the past however, it was said that people planted great orchards of the laughing Jinmenju. That must have been a beautiful sight.
The legend of the Jinmenju comes from China, and was passed onto Japan where it was considered to be a yokai due to its peculiar nature. There are also stories of trees bearing human-faced fruit from India and Persia, usually with the faces of beautiful girls. Even now, when you walk through the forest you can see trees whose roots bear a resemblance to human and yokai faces. I have five pictures of trees like this in my photo albums. I wonder if this is some new species of Jinmenju?
Water sleeve extension
Busy busy -Here’s some of what I’ve been making
Ryota from ten ten tattoo in Glasgow!!!
Been flat out at work and still wading through several large drawings , I reckon I’ll be taking no more on come September
Here’s some stuff ive been working on
A hanya mask cover up for a longtime customer
One more sitting till its complete,
This guys 1st tattoo done over two sittings a fortnight apart already talk of more to follow .
Better photo when healed ,