• Please read this page before messaging -it answers a lot of questions.
• Appointment only, no walk-in’s. • Specializing in classic styled Japanese. • Not taking fix-up's or finish up's (there are just too many). •e-mail "is" Clarks contact point~ ToKnowClark@aol.com (Social media isn’t a good contact - E-mail is best. Using Facebook or Instagram will only frustrate you because Clark does not often check or respond to private messaging supplied by those app's).
• WHEN MESSAGING PLEASE INCLUDE: • The traditional theme you are interested in. • The amount of skin & area you’d like tattoo'd. • Wether you like the Black & Grey or the Color style. • Also let us know if you are traveling from afar or local, most of the people that are traveling from far away like to book a multiple days in a row.
• The full sized style of tattooing really is for serious people only because each tattoo is a time consuming project done in multiple 1 to 4 hour sessions (the same way that horimono is done by the master tattooers of Japan). This kind of full sized tattooing should not be rushed, nor should the process & journey take a hurried back page or be belittled... Horimono is serious for the client just as much as the craftsman. ~ Clark also enjoys doing the individual tattoos, the smaller 8” to 12" tattoos are just as traditional as the heavy coverage, fully backgrounded tattoos. These floating tattoos are known in Japan as "one-point tattoos. Some examples of one point tattooing are - un-backgrounded floral such as Botan/Peonies. Snakes also come to mind, I have often done Noe Play Masks, creepy ghosts, Kappa, or even a lantern on the foot to guide your path. I have done comical Oni as well as serious, I’ve done Hanna and Witches etc... the reason that these are called “One Point” tattoos is that you are not having a traditional suit done. People that get One-Point tattoos are most often getting them because they like collecting tattoos from a lot of different tattooers and that’s great, even fun! One thing that most westerners don’t know is these tattoos are done the same size as they would be in backgrounded horimono. Traditional Japanese tattoos are not shrunk down to fit smaller body parts such as wrists or ankles. It is not traditional to have micro tattoos, therefore choosing the right design is important and can be helped out by Clark if you like.. ~ Process, time-frame & pricing. A few more helpful things to know before messaging: • Clarks calendar is currently booked out more than a year. • With over 40,000 hours in the skin and now in his late 50's Clark is privately tattooing 5 people a week (one person a day). • Large on-going work is $160 an hour (cash only, pay daily as we go). • Sessions are Wednesday thru Sunday at 1:00p. - Feel free to let us know if any of these days are best for you, but 1:00p is meeting point as Clark needs to wrap it up by 5:00p or 6:00p (7:00p or 8:00p at the latest). • E-mails are answered in the order received. Please be patient and understanding... it's never our intention to put anyone off. • Clark works from a private, invite only, one on one shop. It is quiet and not open to the public. He does not have a walk-in street shop. You will be sent the shop address once we’re all set up to meet and discuss your tattoo.
• Clarks wife Terri helps him with his e-mails and schedule (because he is the worst secretary in the world lol). She does have a full time day-job so e-mails are often responded evenings and weekends (a light hearted side note, Terri is a sweetheart and brings a much better atmosphere to e-mailing & scheduling than Clark ever did on his own.... so I guess we are saying is Terri is a lot better at helping you get in the chair than Clark. So don’t be bummed that you are not directly e-mailing Clark, it is best this way \o/.
• Tattooing is done in sessions, these are done - weekly, bi-weekly, tri-weekly or monthly until the work is finished, done in succession. Random visits, a few times a year is NOT a good approach to this style of tattooing, this can produce a sporadic un-balenced tattoo ... but of course we can spread em out if you need ~ save up money first so that a smooth flow in the process can be achieved. • If you are interested in smaller single session or less time-consuming work, then a consult may not be needed. Though it might be helpful to still do a consult* ahead of time. (“*”see below) • HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE ??? -Depending on complexity and wether it is black and grey or color. ~ Full Back average ~ 35 - 60 hrs (collar to mid thigh). ~ Arms on average ~ each take 25 - 40 hrs (deltoid to wrist). ~ Legs on average ~ each take 35 - 60 hrs (hip to ankle). • Work is done in sessions - Sessions average 2 to 4 hours each - these short length sessions creates the easiest healing for the best final look of the tattoo (looks better decades to come). This length session is how it has been done in Japan for over 200 years. -The outline usually takes up the first 2 or 3 sessions, next is the backgrounding if any, the last thing done is the image shading and or coloring.
* • The first visit is a consultation* ~ that's a more in-depth discussion of the tattoo's theme and discussion of how many appointments you may need etc. Clark enjoys giving each different person great design flow for each particular body, the layout and flow is utmost in full-size tattooing. He'll tell you if what you want will work well on your body and if the amount of skin you are thinking about tattooing will work well with your idea and theme. He'll discuss your overall composition and/or, if needed, how to adjust it for great classic / traditional styling. • The second visit can be another more in-depth consultation, or it can be measurements, or it is when we start tattooing. - If you’re from out of town it's the norm to book two, three or 4 days for the visit, this can include the consultation ... • When traveling from afar- people often like to be tattooed two to 4 days in a row - if you would like to do this it's no problem - just let us know so that we can book accordingly • The traditional Japanese style is very powerful, bold, nostalgic and beautiful all at the same time, it is not a delicate airbrush style. - This style is not done in pastel or transparent tones, that is a completely different style of art / tattoo. - Classic Japanese tattoos are not done in the realistic style ~ Nor is it done in modern airbrush, storybook style - Classic Japanese tattooing has a specific look to it and that is Clarks passion. make sure that you understand & love the classic Japanese style as well as its scale (size) on the body. Please be sure it IS what you want before you reach out. This style of tattoo is entirely based specifically on Japans artists that lived in the mid 1800's... to be specific - 1830 to 1870!
• HELPFUL INFO • Most of the time what we receive from the client is the "theme and or the main image" of the design, verbally or pictorially (ie: Ukiyo e). Most often tattoo’d is the clients favorite Ukiyo e... Clark can create something you can both be proud of with a simple short description from you, that's the normal process. It is a fun collaboration between the two of us. Including specific details if you have them. • Traditional tattooing can be done in Black & Grey or Color no matter the original ukiyo-e. • Using "my imagination" from your verbal description instead of supplied ukiyo-e is done as well and can be quite fun. • It is necessary to be familiar with the Japanese style of art from the mid 1800's. Simply put - you need to love mid 1800's Japanese art to love this style of tattooing - I’m not trying to re-invent or change the style. The classic style is what i have a passion for and i would think that it would also be a passion of yours if you are thinking of wearing this kind of tattoo. If you are not familiar with this style, or if your not sure you actually want it tattooed on you - then its best that you do not start the process until you are absolutely certain. Contacting Clark really should the last step in the process. Your inner discussion and wondering if should be in the past when you start the process of being tattoo’d. • There are many great artists from the mid-1800’s era to understand the true classic style, but the best artist to start with really is "Kuniyoshi". Kuniyoshi is the godfather of the traditional Japanese tattoo. The Japanese "tattoo art" is specifically related to the years 1827 to 1868. This 40 year period is completely intertwined with the traditional Japanese tattoo, they were one-in-the-same and still are today. • If you would like more information on the Classic Japanese art of the mid 1800's check out my page specifically dedicated called: the Japan Style- "CLICK HERE"
• Walk-in-shop tattooing and what Clark does are a bit different from one another. Walk-in-shop tattoos are often done without previous consultation and typically in a slight rush without multiple sessions. Both styles are great, I enjoy all of my memories from 20+ years of street shop tattooing... Yet these styles are different from one another though neither one is better than the other one. • Wearing the "full sized" mural style of tattoo that clark specializes in shows that you can set your mind towards an idea and realize the time, patience, budget and commitment involved with making it a reality. If you are typically rushed about things and then tend to loose interest - full scale tattooing may not be for you. • Clark does do the smaller classic style single session works such as "a flower" or "a mask" for example - these tattoos are priced by the piece, not hourly as Clark tattoo faster than most younger tattooers. • Full scale tattoos range from 3 to 5 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide wrapped around the body. This large style of tattoo can take years to finish (time depends on how often your sessions are). • The best thing for the collector to know is - this is a decision that takes dedication, patience & time to achieve, of which the pride lasts a lifetime. Rushing this process can unfortunately be the cause of future regret.
Some more helpful Things to know before booking: • Depending on wether the line-work is sculpted or if it is left at single width (line thickness) can have a lot to do with the amount of time this part of the overall work will take... If you are on a tighter budget I totally understand and theres nothing wrong with that- "Black& Grey" can be the least time / lowest cost for classic style tattooing (& in my opinion some of the strongest and most beautiful looking traditional tattoos are B&G. Color with sculpted lines can take up to twice as long to do comparatively. So at least know there are great options even for the smaller budgets.
Clark sometimes receives bewildering time frame requests... No matter what bullshit you see on TV, full sized tattooing is not done in one, two or three visits let alone 2 or 3 hours. TV has people thinking it's OK to rush things in order to win some contest or trophy, that is not what I do. That is tattooing for TV. Also the editing done on TV will splice different days together simply to show the process in 1 episode, which can make it seem like it was all done in 1 day.
Clark has been drawing tattoos since he was 4 years old, drawing since 1967 - anchors, ships, flowers and butterflies. Clarks been into tattoos since before its been popular on TV, giving networks something to belittle and sell their ad time with. Full scale tattoos can be just as much the journey as the destination, often called "the real tattoo" because it is a lot different than getting a 4 or 5 -inch tattoo.
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