November Tattoos

This past month flew by. Between having Mike Riveley join us, Thanksgiving, and all of the great tattoos and clients we’ve had, November was a whirlwind of a month. Here’s a little selection of the tattoos that were done at the shop this November. We’re booking for the new year so be sure to send an email to bigrivertattoonj@gmail.com to get something in the book!

Rich did this rad black and grey octopus for Stephanie.

Rich did this mandala for Patrick, featuring some teal as a personal touch and meaning for the tattoo.

A tiger for Dane by Rich.

This is a work in progress shot, but Mike put a lot of hours into Justin’s sleeve that day.

Tattoo videos

Sometimes a photograph doesn’t do a tattoo justice. Since the body moves and the tattoos wrap around limbs and curves, it can be a totally different perceptive when viewed in motion. Here are a few videos taken of Rich’s and Mike’s tattoos.

Single needle work I did inside a frame I tattooed a few years ago. On @jmikekuhn #singleneedletattoo

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Final session on @glitterpuff_ #japanesetattoo #luckycat

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Michael Gary’s Ghosts

Ghosts aren’t the most common tattoo request at the shop, but Mike tattooed two of them this week. One being a goat ghost and the other being Oiwa, a vengeful ghost from the Japanese ghost story Yotsuya Kaidan. Mike had a blast tattooing these two! We’re so glad to have clients with such awesome tattoo ideas. Keep them coming!

 

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Pagoda City Tattoo Fest

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I always have a blast at Pagoda City Tattoo Fest and this year did not disappoint! It’s an incredible experience getting to work with so many talented artists and fun clients. The staff did a great job putting together the event and running everything. These are just a couple of the tattoos I did during the Tattoo Fest. I’m already looking forward to next year!

-Rich

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A cover up done by Rich Cahill at Pagoda City Tattoo Fest

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First session of a dragon done by Rich Cahill at Pagoda City Tattoo Fest

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Tebori Tattoos

I am happy to announce that I have been studying and working in the art of Tebori, a traditional Japanese method of tattooing. Tebori, a form of hand tattooing, uses a long steel needle instead of standard tattoo machine. The insertion of the steel needle creates a dense richness in color, as well as allowing for a wide gradation of colors. Following tradition, I handcrafted my needle tool. Outside of Japan, Tebori is rarely practiced. I’m so excited to bring this ancient experience to New Jersey!

Tebori Tattoo