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We are considering hosting some traditional tebori tattooers soon and would like to get an idea how many of you are interested in being tattooed with this method.
Tebori (手彫り) is traditional Japanese hand tattooing. Many artists praise it for its ability to create subtle gradations of tone that are difficult to achieve with a machine. adds:
- The word Tebori comes from te meaning ‘hand’ and hori or horu, ‘to carve, sculpt or inscribe.’ The word used to describe the technique of tattooing that arose in the late 18th and early 19th century in Japan, with the appearance of professional tattoo artists in the capital city of Edo.
- Steel needles, usually of greater diameter and steeper shoulder than those used in the West, are arranged in rows, singly or stacked, and are tied to a long handle of bamboo. This tool is held in the right hand, with the fingers of the left used to spread the skin to be tattooed.
- The shaft of the tebori tool rests on the thumb of the left hand and the needles inserted by the force of forward movement of the right arm of the tattoo artist. Unlike many other forms of hand-tattooing in Asia such as tatau or moko, no assistants are required for tebori.
If you are interested please use the form below to let us know your level of interest, what you are thinking you would like to have tattooed and any questions or feedback you may have. We will keep you posted.