FOLK ART COI HORIHIDE STYLE

THIS IS A STUDY AND DESIGN FOR A SIMPLE GRAPHIC COI IN THE HORIHIDE STYLE.HEAVY BALCK AND GREY BACKGROUND AND SIMPLE FIELDS OF COLOUR IN FOREGROUND..THE WATER VERY STYLIZED INTO THE MIKIRI OR WINDBARS.THIS KIND OF STRAIGHT FORWARD JAPANESE TATTOO CAN BE FOUND IN EINDHOVEN AT MY SHOP JUST GOOD TATTOOS  .
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BUDDHA AND SHI SHI

THIS PAINTING IS OF A BUDDHA SEATED ON A SHI SHI OR FUDOG.IT USES A DRAGON REMINISCENT OF HOKUSAI AND THE IMAGES SYMBOLISE LONGEVITY COMPASSION AND WISDOM.THIS KIND OF TRADITIONAL JAPANESE STYLE TATTOO WORK IS OUR SPECIALTY AT JUST GOOD TATTOOS EINDHOVEN. CHEERS GYPSY GENTLEMAN
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history of the gypsy girl head tattoo

THIS IS THE HISTORY OF THE GYSPY GIRL HEAD TATTOO.AT MY SHOP JUST GOOD TATTOOS IN EINDHOVEN WE LOVE THE HISTORY OF TATTOO AND THE IMAGES FROM THE PAST AND THE STORIES BEHIND THOSE IMAGES..IN THE THIRTIES AND TWENTIES IN AMERICA THE IMAGES OF ROMANTIC WOMEN LIKE THESE PHOTOS WERE EVERYWHERE IN FILM MAGAZINES AND IN ADVERTISING.TATTOOERS TOOK THESE IMAGES AND SIMPLIFIED THEM AND INCORPORATED THEM IN THEIR REPETOIRE.THEY BECAME STAPLES OF THE  PREWAR AMERICAN LANDSCAPE..TO THIS DAY THE IMAGES REMAIN POWERFULL AND BEAUTIFUL AND LIKE GREAT FOLK ART THEY ARE TIMELESS.COME TO MY SHOP HERE IN THE NETHERLANDS AND WITH 30 YEARS STUDYING TATTOO HISTORY I CAN HELP YOU FIND SOMETHING THAT IS MODERN AS TOMMOROW YET ANCIENT AS TIME..CHEERS MARCUS KUHN GYPSY GENTLEMAN
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graphics for gypsy gentleman and just good tattoos

THESE ARE THE LOGOS AND GRAPHICS FOR GYPSY GENTLEMAN TATTOO TRAVEL FILMS AND JUST GOOD TATTOOS EINDHOVEN  FOR MARCUS KUHN TATTOO ARTIST EINDHOVEN AND HOST GYPSY GENTLEMAN  TATTOO TRAVEL SHOW BASED IN EINDHOVEN
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HISTORY OF INDIAN HEAD DESIGN

THIS TATTOO OF AN INDIAN HEAD DONE AT JUST GOOD TATTOOS EINDHOVEN BY MARCUS KUHN IS BASED ON A LONG LINE OF INDIAN HEADS THAT HAVE BEEN A VERY TRADITIONAL DESIGN IN WESTERN TATTOOING FOR ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS.THE DESIGN STARTED WITH CARNIVAL MYTHOLOGY AND BECAUSE OF THE WILD WEST IN THE AMERICAN IMAGINATION AT THE BEGINNING OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY IT BECAME A VERY POPULAR TATTOO.THESE TWO ANTIQUE PHOTOS SHOW MEN WITH THE INDIAN HEAD FROM EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY AMERICA.BECAUSE OF A RENEWED INTEREST IN THE CLASSICS I WAS AND AM LUCKY TO GET TO TATTOO THESE OLD CLASSICS ,FULL OF RICH TRADITION AND HISTORICAL POWER.THE STYLE WITH STRONG LINES AND BLACK WHIP SHADING AGAINST STRONG FIELDS OF COLOUR WORKS AND LASTS..BOLD WILL HOLD..REMEMBER THAT WHEN YOU GET TATTOOED..ITS FOR LIFE..LOOK TO THE LESSONS OF THE PAST..CHEERS GYPSY GENTLEMAN MARCUS KUHN TATTOOS EINDHOVEN NETHERLANDS
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berns thighs tibetan snow lion

THIS IS THE FIRST SITTING ON A PAIR OF THIGHS CONTINUING A BODY SUIT ON A GREAT TATTOOER BERNONE ..THE IDEA IS TO USE THE POPULAR SNOW LION OR IN JAPANESE SHI SHI,,ALSO VERY PREDOMINANT IN CHINESE CULTURE WHERE THE SNOW LION OR FU DOG WAS TO BE SEEN AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE LARGE FAMILY HOUSES..THE NUMBER OF CURLS IN THE HAIR SPOKE OF THE STATUS OF THE FAMILY.LOTS OF JAPANESE TATTOO HISTORY FEATURES THE FU DOG OR SHI SHI WITH PEONIES AND WINDBARS OR MIKIRI..I CHOSE TO USE A ROUGHER MORE FOLK ART AND MORE ORIGINAL TIBETAN FORM OF THE SNOW LION.POPULAR IN TIBETAN DANCE RITUALS AND ALWAYS GREEN HAIR PINK NOSE AND FIRE STYLING AROUND EYES LIKE THE MAHAKALA..I USED THE POSTURE ON THE FIRST SIMILAR TO JAPANESE BUT LARGER WITH MORE DYNAMIC ENERGY..THE SECOND EVEN FOLKIER LIKE A BOX OR TANGA PAINTING FROM TIBET   ..THANKS FOR LOOKING   THIS WAS DONE IN TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS AND WILL BE COLOURED THE SAME WAY THEN CONTINUED DOWN AND UP THE BODY.  CHEERS MARCUS KUHN JUST GOOD TATTOOS EINDHOVEN AT BROOKLYN SQUARE 70 WATTSTRAAT EINDHOVEN THE NETHERLANDS     GYPSY GENTLEMAN.COM JUSTGOODTATTOOS.COM
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HORIHIDE STYLE HANYA AND SNAKE

THIS IS ANOTHER PAINTING IN THE STYLE OF HORIHIDE..GIFU HORIHIDE WAS AND STILL  IS A VIRTUAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF JAPANESE TATTOO HISTORY AND TRADITIONS.HIS SIMPLE FOLK ART APPROACH IS POWERFUL ,SIMPLE AND GRAPHIC.TRY TO INVESTIGATE REAL JAPANESE SUBJECTS FOR YOUR TATTOO AND THEN PUT THEM INTO AND ORIGINAL FORMAT JUST FOR YOU..DO NOT GO TO A LARGE FACTORY STYLE SHOP THAT JUST PUMPS OUT THE SAME STYLE AGAIN AND AGAIN.LOOK FOR AN ARTIST WHO WILL HELP YOU RESEARCH THE BEST DESIGN AND MYTHOLOGY FOR YOU..ALL YAKUSA TATTOOS ,THE JAPANESE MAFIA TATTOOS,ARE INDIVIDUALLY DESIGNED FOR EACH PERSON BASED ON TRADITIONAL JAPANESE MYTHOLOGY AND TATTOO THEMES.EACH ONE IS AN EXPRESSION OF HISTORY BLENDED WITH A PERSONAL INTERPRETATION TO TRANSFORM THE PERSON AND SHOW THEM AND EMPOWER THEM AS AN EXPRESSION OF WHO THEY ARE.DARE TO BE DIFFERENT AND SMARTER ABOUT YOUR TATTOO.DO NOT JUST CHOOSE THE STYLE FROM PINTEREST AND BLINDLY FOLLOW THE HERD.THERE IS MUCH MORE TO JAPANESE TATTOOING AND AMERICANA TATTOOING THEN YOU WILL SEE ON MOST FORUMS OR ON INSTAGRAM..I CAN HELP YOU LEARN MORE ABOUT TATTOOING AT MY SHOP JUST GOOD TATTOOS EINDHOVEN,,THANK YOU THE GYPSY GENTLEMAN  MARCUS KUHN
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SNOW LION PEONY IN HORIHIDE STYLE

THIS DESIGN I PAINTED TO TRY TO FIND THE SIMPLICITY AND HIGH CONTRAST OF THE JAPANES DESIGNS OF GIFU HORIHIDE A JAPANESE TATTOOER AND PAINTER WHO HAS FIFTY YEARS OF TATTOOING AND PAINTING UNDER HIS BELT.HE WAS IN CONTACT WITH NORMAN COLLINS AKA SAILOR JERRY IN THE SEVENTIES AND MANY OF SAILOR JERRYS AMERICANA JAPANESE DESIGNS ARE HEAVILY INFLUENCED BY HORIHIDE.HE USES VERY OPEN AND GRAPHIC MIKIRI OR WINDBAR STYLE..THEN A POWERFULL COLOUR CONTRAST WITHIN A VERY FOLK ART SIMPLE FOREGROUND.AT MY SHOP JUST GOODTATTOOS EINDHOVEN I TRY TO LOOK TO THE PAST AND USE THE LESSONS LEARNED AND THE POWER OF THE OLD STYLES THEN I PUT MY OWN TWIST TO THEM AS AN UNORIGINAL TATTOO IS A POINTLESS TATTOO.SEARCH OUT TRADITIONAL JAPANESE STYLES AND ARTIST LIKE GIFU HORIHIDE..IF YOU WANT A JAPANESE TATTOO DO NOT JUST GET THE SAME TRACED AND COPIED DESIGN THAT EVERYONE HAS..VISIT MY TATTOO SHOP IN THE SOUTH OF HOLLAND AND WATCH MY FILM SERIES ON TATTOOING AND THE WORLD CALLED THE GYPSY GENTLEMAN AT GYPSYGENTLEMAN.COM OR GYPSYGENTLEMAN.NL   THANK YOU MARCUS  GYPSY GENTLEMAN
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BLACK AND GREY DRAGON BACKPIECE DONE

THIS BALCK AND GREY DRAGON BACKPIECE WAS DONE IN FOUR SITTING IN MY NEW SHOP JUSTGOODTATTOOS EINDHOVEN.AFTER 30 YEARS TATTOOING I UNDERSTAND THAT THE NEED FOR ORIGINALITY IS GREATER THAN EVER.THE BACKGROUND OR MIKIRI ON THIS PIECE WAS BASED ON A VERY OLD STYLE REMMINISECENT OF KUNYIOSHI OR KWANABE KYOSAI,WOODBLOCK ARTISTS FROM  THE EDO PERIOD IN JAPAN,THE SWIRLS ARE LOOSE AND COME FROM A FIELD OF BLACK..THE DRAGON IS MOVING EMOTIVE AND THE CLAWS CHIN EYES ETC ARE ALL ORINGINAL.THE TATTOOS OF TODAY IN THIS STYLE HAVE BLEACHED OF POWER.THEY ARE JUST FURTHER REPLICATIONS AND IMITATIONS OF THE TRENDS OF REPETITION..TRADITION AND A LINEAGE OF STYLE IS VERY IMPORTANT,HOWEVER THE ORIGINAL IDEA OF POWER AND ORIGINALITY MUST NOT BE LOST.MANY TATTOOERS NOW LOOK AT THE INTERNET AND JUST COPY THE ACCEPTED WAY.THEY AND THE CUSTOMERS WHO ALL SEEK THE SAME PIECE FLATTEN THE ORIGINAL POWER AND EXPRESSION FORM THE IMAGES BY SEEKING TO JUST DO THE SAME THING.KUNYIOSHI AND YOSHITOSHI AND ALL THE ORIGINAL ARTISTS HAD THEIR OWN STYLE AND POWER.THE 2000 COI SLEEVES DONE EVERY MONTH IN EXACTLY THE SAME STYLE BECOME LIKE SNEAKERS OR SUNGLASSES.AN ACCESORY OF MODERN STYLE.IF YOU REMMEBER DISCO STYLE ,THEN PICTURE CHOOSING TO LOCK INTO THAT STYLE FOREVER.NOW IT WOULD NOT BE RELEVANT.THE WAY CLIENTS AND TATTOOERS WORK TODAY THEY ARE ASSUMING THE STYLE OF TODAY SHOULD GOVERN WHAT YOU GET TATTOOED AND HOW.TATTOOING IS A LIFETIME COMMITMENT AND IS ABOUT ORIGINAL EXPRESSION.YOU SHOULD CHOOSE THE STYLE AND THEN CAREFULLY SEEK TO MAKE YOUR TATTOO POWERFUL AND TIMELESS AND ABOVE ALL ORIGINAL..TATTOOS ARE NOT A JACKET FROM  TODAYS STYLE TO BE BOUGHT AT THE STORE AND WORN..THEY ARE PERSONAL TALISMANS OF POWER AND EXPRESSION OF YOUR OWN PERSONAL SPIRIT..I ALWAYS TRY TO USE THE TRADITIONS OF TATTOO BUT LOOK DEEPER THAN THE ACCEPTANCE OF TODAYS TRENDS.I TRY TO LOOK FOR THE POWER AND ORIGINALITY,I INFUSE THEM WITH MY OWN STYLE.THINK ABOUT YOUR TATTOOS,THEY ARE FOR LIFE..LOOK DEEPER,LOOK FOR MORE INVENTIVE ARTISTS..IF YOU VISIT MY SHOP JUSTGOODTATTOOS IN EINDHOVEN,I CAN HELP YOU SEARCH DEEPER TO CREATE SOMETHING ORIGINAL,,SOMETHING POWERFULL..NOT JUST THE SAME DRAGON SLEEVE EVERYONE GETS ..THERE ARE SOME ARTISTS WHO JUST SELL THE SAME THING TRACED NOT EVEN DRAWN AND PEOPLE ARE GETTING VIRTUALLY THE SAME TATTOO AS THE GUY BEFORE AS IF THEY WERE BUYING A PAIR OF PANTS..TATTOO IS ABOUT PERSONAL EXPRESSION,ABOUT MAGIC...BREAK THE MOLD DARE TO BE DIFFERENT,,THATS THE IDEA BEHIND IT..THANKS FOR READING  HOPE I HAVE CHALLENGED YOUR IDEAS A BIT  MARCUS KUHN  GYPSY GENTLEMAN
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PETE ROSEN BACK

MY FRIEND PETE FROM COSTA RICA  TWO DAYS TO OUTLINE SHADE DRAGON THREE QUARTER BACK IN PROGRESS   TWO MORE DAYS FOR DRAGON
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QUAN YIN

QUAN YIN AND DRAGON IN PROGRESS ON JAVIER FROM MIAMI
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PEACOCK PAINTING

THIS IS A PAINTING FOR COMMISSION FOR BOARD GAME COMPANY CALIFORNIA
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WARRIOR FUDOG

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SWORD OF FUDO

THIS BETWEEN MANY TATTOOS START SWORD OF FUDO
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FULL SLEEVE COVER UP

THIS IS A FULL SLEEVE COVER UP HEALED TIGER LEFT AND REWORKED
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TIBETAN SLEEVE

THIS CLIENT ZAC FROM NYC STARTED TIBETAN SLEEVE

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belly scar cover up

THIS CLIENT FROM RUSSIA COVERING BELLY SCARS WANTED SOFT TREATMENT

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OCTOPUS PAINTING

AN OLD PAINTING OF LADY BODY SUIT WITH OCTPUS WATER LIGHTNING
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kali painting

older painting for mikki vialetto for art of the marked
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Health Issues With Tattooing (Marcus Kuhn)

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By Petri Aspvik

Petri Aspvik: What type of physical problem have you encountered do to tattooing?

Marcus Kuhn: After 20 years I have pain in my number 11 acupuncture point just southeast of my right scapula as a result of the long swoop of lining and the repetitive pulse of the mag work. After four hours my shoulder becomes congested and starts to fill with fluid. like a nose when you are congested with the flu. The body is responding to the inflammation of the tissue by sending fluid to the area. At night my shoulder sometimes pulses with pain... The fluid takes three hours or more to drain. I have also lost a register of my hearing from the frequency of the ultrasonics and the running machines... 

Have you had to see a doctor, chiropractor, masseuse therapist, acupunctures or anything similar because problems or because you want to avoid them?

I see an acupuncturist and a masseuse who does deep tissue work and cupping. I also visit a chiropractor.

Have you modified your work station because you have encountered physical problems or wish to avoid them?

My chair is higher to reduce lower back strain. More light to reduce strain on eyes. Thinner foot pedal to reduce imbalance in pelvis caused by resting on left foot all day.

How did you first notice the imbalance and did you have to treat it in some way?

It has become apparent over the years a scan of my back by my chiropractor and hip pain alerted me to the cause of the pain being a shift in my pelvis causing sciatic pressure.

Do you follow a work out regime to keep in shape and healthy?

I work out three times a week to stay as strong as possible. Yoga ashtanga and hathfa and some kundalini. Also swimming laps and weight training and a few times a week go for a run. I also surf and take long walks often walking three four miles a day when traveling. Cardio makes me clearer and better focused and positive so my work is better.

Have you had to change your eating habits in any way because of tattooing?

I eat very carefully because it is easy to gain weight as a tattooer. After many years tattooing most people start to deteriorate. I try to not eat large meals late at night and then go to sleep. Better to eat three four small meals with the last early in the evening.

Do you snack between clients or during longer session? If you do, what do you eat/drink?

I eat proteins like nuts and dried fruits and veggies rice or fruit and lots of water.

What about spiritual/psychological health? How do you maintain that?

I am a practicing nichiren di shonin Buddhist and I have a very rich spiritual life which I consider the core of my artistic ability. I read a lot about many paths and how spirituality enriches me and my artistic life. I practice these principles ritualistically with as much discipline as I can. The key to good work is a balanced life

(Marcus Kuhn is featured in Tattoo Artist Magazine #22)


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