Kian Forreal tattoos under the Traditional Japanese Tattoo name of ‘Shodai HORISUMI’.
Horisumi’s tattoos are highly detailed, richly coloured and technically proficient yet remain elegant and simple to look at on the skin and are created to last for decades, not just for a photo. He imports and create all his coloured inks from powered pigments and mixes them by hand. His blacks and shades of black are made from Japanese sumi sticks imported from Nara, Japan, and are ground and mixed daily in the studio, only the finest ingredients, needles and supplies are utilised for his work, no expense or effort is spared.
Horisumi learnt to tattoo in Toronto, Canada under the tutelage of David ‘Crazy Ace’ Daniels. He began studying, researching, drawing, and learning to tattoo with homemade tools and equipment on his own in 1986 and has been tattooing professionally worldwide since 1993. Horisumi has worked with and learned from some of the best tattoo artists living today at some of the fin