I have just got back from my holiday to Tokyo a few days ago and finally got round to uploading some pictures on here. This was my 5th trip to Tokyo and me and my girlfriend stayed there for 17 days. We were joined for part of the holiday by my good friend (and fellow tattooist), Dave Voegeli from Norfolk, Virginia in the USA.
It is sad for me that the holiday is already over, but I now feel refreshed and full of new ideas and inspiration to put into my work.
There were many highlights of the trip, but one of the main events for me was to meet Japanese tattoo master, Horiyoshi III.
My tattooist (Horiyoshi III apprentice), Horikitsune (Alex Renke) was also in Japan at the same time as us and we arranged to meet him at Horiyoshi III studio in Yokohama. Myself, Alex and Dave then spent an hour or so with Horiyoshi III in his studio. After this, Alex was kind enough to take me and Dave on a tour of two local temples in Yokohama.
Shortly after our temple trip we visited Horiyoshi III tattoo museum, where we met his wife and son (future Horiyoshi IV) and spent some time studying the items and pictures on display.
Myself and Dave are both very grateful to the Horiyoshi family for their hospitality and warmth, in particular Alex, who showed us some great things that day including a fruit shop which sold $100 melons and bunches of grapes for $80! It really had to be seen to be believed!
We had a great time and it was a very memorable day for me, the photograph here is of Dave, Horiyoshi III and me in his studio.