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NBA defensive star Ron Artest shows that YellowMan Tattoo Clothing is number one.

He’s not just an NBA defensive champion. At 6 foot 7, Ron Artest is a champion for YellowMan Tattoo Clothing. Pictured above he sports a limited edition tattoo shirt by legendary Japanese tattoo master Horiyoshi III. Artest knows that the uniqueness of this tattoo shirt isn’t just about the custom-made size. The original art steeped in tradition, and the superior moisture-wicking MadKool fabric properties makes this shirt a winner in so many ways. No wonder Artest is proud to show that YellowMan is number one!

 

Horiyoshi's Poem Mesh Tattoo Shirt

Horiyoshi's Poem Mesh Tattoo Shirt

Born Yoshito Nakano in 1946, Horiyoshi III is the undisputed master of the 200-year-old tradition of Irezumi, or hand-applied Japanese tattoo. Specializing in full-body tattoos that often take years to complete, Horiyoshi III carefully chooses his clients, making him one of the most coveted, expensive, and exclusive tattooists in the world. To receive a tattoo by the Irezumi master is considered a great honor.

 

Tiger Tattoo Shirt by Horitomo

Tiger Tattoo Shirt by Horitomo

Kazuaki Kitamura (a.k.a.”Horitomo”) has been at the forefront of a new breed of pioneering Japanese tattooists for more than a decade. As an elementary school student, his interest was peaked by people with traditional style bodysuits that he recalled seeing in his neighborhood on a daily basis. However, single needle Western style tattoos were the popular choice among his surfing buddies. Then, in 1992, he took the plunge. His first tattoo, by Sabado of Eccentric Tattoo in Nagoya, set the wheels in motion. Their relationship grew and he became his apprentice. Along with a solid foundation of the fundamentals of tattooing, Sabado gave Kazuaki Kitamura the nickname “Washo”. More than three years had passed and Washo needed to scratch an itch: he had to experience the global tattoo community firsthand. The convention trail led him to San Francisco and a guest spot for a few months at Everlasting, where he rubbed elbows with Aaron Cain, Mike Davis, Patrick Conlon and Troy Denning. Then it was back across the pond to Tokyo’s buzzing Harajuku district. The newly opened shop Scratch Addiction, where he worked with Yushi, was a hot spot for the young ones who had to have the latest style of one point tattoos. Two years and escalating rents forced another move, this time to Osaka. Washo, along with Sakamoto-san and Kawajiri-san, began Three Tides Tattoo. Their high quality standards gained them a solid reputation and attracted more than just a local clientele.

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Biomech Flower Tattoo Shirt by Guy Aitchinson

Biomech Flower Tattoo Shirt by Guy Aitchinson

Biomechanical wizard Guy Aitchison is one of tattoo’s biggest heavyweights. Influenced by artists Salvador Dali, M.C. Escher, Alex Grey, and H.R. Giger, Guy Aitchison metamorphoses the human canvas into masterful works of living art. Through his exhaustive experience in the tattoo industry, he has produced volumes of comprehensive guides for professional tattooists. Combined they are considered by many to be “the Tattooer’s Bible.” (more…)

 

Heavy Metal tattoo shirt by Ben Wahhh

Heavy Metal tattoo shirt by Ben Wahhh

It was 1993 in the twin cities of Champaign Urbana, Illinois and life was throwing Ben Wahh some nasty curve balls. The academic grind was a year short of bearing fruit in the form of an art degree and Ben wasn’t that keen on the idea of a career as a tattooist. Nick Wiggins offered him an apprenticeship, and you guessed it, Ben said yes. Before he knew it, he was heading down hill with no brakes. As he picked up speed he headed north to Chicago and worked with Bob Oslon at Custom Tattoo. It wasn’t that long after when he ventured out on his own in the windy city opening DELUXE TATTOO on April 25, 1997. With a crew of 4 top notch tattooists the shop is buzzin’ 7 days a week. Some of the finest custom work comes out of Chicago by tattooists like Guy Aitchison and Kim Saigh, so Ben was surprised to find that most customers idea of tattooing is limited to flash. Once people see a few custom pieces they clearly recognize the difference and that is where Ben steps in. Only then do they discover what the world of tattooing has to offer. (more…)

 

Rock of the Ages tattoo shirt by Bob Roberts

Rock of the Ages tattoo shirt by Bob Roberts


    

Few people embody pure rock-n-roll the way tattoo artist Bob Roberts does. Classically trained in fine art printmaking, his tattoos inject rich flavors from his personal life, spanning from renegade motorcycling and surfing, to his professional music career, where he has kicked around with music icons like Frank Zappa, theNew York Dolls, and The Offs, to name a few. Aside from achieving success and respect in the Hollywood entertainment industry and tattoo community, Bob Roberts has participated in and curated numerous art exhibitions, and has published over twenty books on tattoos and pop-culture.

 

 

 

 

 

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Japan’s undisputed Irezumi master.

Born Yoshito Nakano in 1946, Horiyoshi III is the undisputed master of the 200-year-old tradition of Irezumi, or hand-applied Japanese tattoo. Specializing in full-body tattoos that often take years to complete, Horiyoshi III carefully chooses his clients, making him one of the most coveted, expensive, and exclusive tattooists in the world. To receive a tattoo by the Irezumi master is considered a great honor.

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