• Clark works by appointment only. Specializing in classic style... not modern. Not taking fix-ups or finish ups of other tattooers work (unfortunately there are too many of these requests). (e-mail is the initial 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 private messaging supplied by those app's.) •With more than 40,000 hours in the skin and having tattoo'd more than 25,000 people. Now in his mid to late 50's Clark has slowed down, currently tattooing 3 to 5 people a week. The full sized style of tattooing is really 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 smaller 6" to 12" tattoos known in Japanese tattooing as "one-point tattooing". • WHEN MESSAGING INCLUDE: • Description of the imagery (i.e. what do you want? Hero, Crain, Dragon, Koi, Floral etc...). • Black & Grey or Color. • Amount of skin & the area to be tattoo'd. • Budget and possibly your time frame. • Traveling from afar or local. ... • Clark tattoos Thursday - Sunday from 1:00p to 5:00p., appointments are at 1:00p., please let us know which of these days of the week are best for you. • E-mails are answered in the order received. • Clarks calendar can "sometimes" be booked way 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 quiet shop, not open to the public. He does not have a walk-in street shop. Once your appointments are booked you will be sent the shop address.
• Please read this entire page before inquiring, it has a lot of info that will help you decide if Clark is the right craftsman for you. FAQ's 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 3 hours each - this short length session 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 traditional Japanese style is very powerful, bold, nostalgic and beautiful all at the same time, it is not delicate. Also this style is not done in pastel or transparent tones, that is something completely different. 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.
• 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 and 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 - classic 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 the look great alone (when properly done). • 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 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.
.• 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 for good 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 or three days for the visit, this can include the consultation ... • When traveling from afar- people often like to be tattooed two or three 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.
• Large on-going work is $150 an hour (cash only, pay daily as we go). • Tattooing is done in sessions, these are done - weekly, bi-weekly, tri-weekly or monthly until the work is finished. Best done in succession. Random visits, one, two or three 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 still be helpful to consult ahead of time.
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 truely been into this a long time before tattoo's became something popular for TV networks to sell their products with. Full sized tattooing can be just as much the journey as it is the destination. If you have a tendency to be a mind changing person this style may not be for you, often called "the real tattoo" because it is a lot different than getting a 4 or 5 -inch tattoo.
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