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• Appointment only. • Specializing in classic styled Japanese. • Not taking fix-up's or finish up's (unfortunately there are too many of these requests). •e-mail "is" the contact~ ToKnowClark@aol.com Social media is not 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, INCLUDE: • The theme you are interested in. • The amount of skin & the area to be tattoo'd. • Black & Grey or Color. • Budget and possibly your time frame. • Traveling from afar or local. • The full sized style of tattooing is for serious people only. Each tattoo is a serious & time consuming project, Serious for the client as well as the craftsman. Clark also enjoys doing the full scale individual, yet smaller 8” to 12" tattoos - known in Japan as "one-point tattooing i.e. floating unbackgrounded Peonies, Lone Snake, Noe Play Masks, creepy Kappa etc... ... About Clark: • Over 40,000 hours in the skin, over 20,000 people tattoo'd. Now in his late 50's Clark is currently tattooing 5 people a week. • Large on-going work is $160 an hour (cash only, pay daily as we go). • Sessions are Wednesday through Sunday At 1:00p. - Please let us know which of these days are best for you. • E-mails are answered in the order received. • Clarks calendar usually booked 6 to 8 months out. Please be patient and understanding... it's never his 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 for the consultion.
• 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 the normal 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 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. • 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 the appointment needs etc. Clark enjoys the layout, 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. He'll discuss your overall composition and/or how to adjust it in classic styling. • The second visit can be another more in-depth consultation, or it can be measurements, or it is when we start tattooing. - If your 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 delicate. - This style is not done in pastel or transparent tones, that is a completely different style of art. - Classic Japanese tattoos are not done in the realistic style ~ Nor is it done in modern airbrush, storybook looking style - Classic Japanese tattooing has a specific look to it and that is Clarks passion. make sure that you understand the classic Japanese style and 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 quite specifically on Japans art from the mid 1800's... to be specific - 1825 to 1875 !
• HELPFUL INFO • Most of the time what i receive from the client is the "theme and or the main image" of the design. most often supplied is the clients favorite Ukiyo e... I can really create something we can both be proud of with this simple info from you, that's the normal process. It is a fun collaboration between the two of us. Including specific details if you have any. • All tattooing can be done in black and grey or color no matter the original ukiyo-e. • Using "my imagination" instead of supplied ukiyo-e is done often as well. • It is necessary to be familiar with the Japanese art of the mid 1800's. Simply put - you need to love mid 1800's Japanese art - I am not trying to re-invent or change the classic 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 style of tattoo. If you are not familiar with this style, or if your not sure if you actually want it tattooed on you - then its best that you do not start the tattoo process until you are absolutely certain. Contacting Clark really should the last step in the process. • There are many artists from the correct era for true classic style, but the best artist to start with 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 dedicated to it 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 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 obsessive about things and then tend to loose interest - full scale tattooing may not be for you. • Clark does do the smaller classic style works such as "a flower" or "a mask" for example - In Japanese tattooing the floral is mostly done at the actual flower size. One-piece tattoos are priced by the piece. They do not need backgrounding and they do look great alone. • Clark's full scale tattoos range from 3 to 5 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide. Large framable imagery put on the body can take months to years to finish. • The best thing for the collector to know is - this is a decision that takes 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 the 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 costly for classic style tattooing (& in my opinion some of the strongest and most beautiful looking). 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 look like it was all done in 1 day.
Clark has been drawing tattoos since he was 4 years old, thats since 1967 - anchors, ships, flowers and butterflies. Clarks been into this since before its been popular for TV networks to sell their products 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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