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Lots has happened so far in 2012. Gas prices have gone crazy just like they did last election cycle, Tattooed Wrestler CM Punk is in a Twitter feud with tattooed singers, a tattooed UFC fighter lost his title to another tattooed fighter.  Let’s see, what else?

We had our first leap year in four years last week, it’s already March, and yeah, you get the point, the madness of 2012 is upon us and the craziness that is to be expected in an award-winning tattoo shop in Waikiki continues.  434 Tattoo had a Groupon promotion earlier this year and we’d like to thank all of you who have acted, come in, and joined the 434 Ohana!

The tattoo discounts in Hawaii are ongoing at our Honolulu tattoo studio as Doubledown is doing the $60 dollar Conch Shell tattoo special.  Hawaii TattooistAndy Burley is also offering $50 off his hourly…

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Did you know: Hawaii Tattoo Laws 101

noun

1.a diplomatic official of the highest rank, sent by one sovereign or state to another as its resident representative (ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary).
2.a diplomatic official of the highest rank sent by a government to represent it on a temporary mission, as for negotiating a treaty.
3.a diplomatic official serving as permanent head of a country’s mission to the United Nations or some other international organization.
4.an authorized messenger or representative. Abbreviation:  Amb., amb.
Origin:
1325–75; Middle English am-, embass ( i ) adour, imbassadore  < Anglo-French ambassateur, ambassaduer  < Italian ambassatore, dialectal Italian ambassadore,  equivalent to ambass-  ( see embassy) -atore, -adore  < Latin -ātōrem  accusative of -ātor -ator

Related forms

am·bas·sa·do·ri·al  [am-bas-uh-dawr-ee-uhl, -dohr-] Show IPA, adjective
am·bas·sa·do·ri·al·ly, adverb
am·bas·sa·dor·ship, noun
pre·am·bas·sa·do·ri·al, adjective

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Recently, 434 Tattoo was invaded and bombarded with a line of questioning that got us thinking about what it means to represent the Tattoo industry or be an ambassador.
Adam Siehr, or Tattoo Adam, owner of the multiple award winning Best Hawaii Tattoo Shop, is licensed by the State of Hawaii and a member of the Alliance of Professional Tattooists.  He has been a part of the Tattoo Community here in Hawaii since 1999,  and has been in the industry for nearly two decades.  He has also volunteered his time as a member of different committees in the past, working with both the State and C & C of Honolulu on laws Relating to Tattooing in Hawaii.  434 Tattoo has also recently assisted Federal officials with some of their work.  At 434 Tattoo, we are all about integrity, quality work, serving the customer, and doing what is best for both the community and the State.
Laws take time, energy, and passion to craft.  Adam can testify about this from his experience with the Hawaii Department of Health, where he took part in forming committees, organizing meetings, and keeping the minutes (Editor’s Note: And so can I from my three years in politics here in Hawaii).  Did he, his brother, his sister tattooists have to do this?  No of course not, but they care and when you care, you take the time, you put in the work, and you find a way to get done what needs to be done with what you’re given to work with.
We are all for introducing new ideas and seeing the best things come to pass for our business, but please, take the time, know what your talking about, and realize that change does not occur over night.  Many of the current professionals in the industry, were there in the trenches, battling to make things the way they are today.  While our system may not be perfect, it is growing and improving.
Case in point: until about 2002, if someone wanted a face tattoo or a hand tattoo, they had to get a Doctor’s written consent before they could get the work done.  Our legislative system is what it is and we are fortunate to be able to play a role to advocate for change. People get killed in other places for thinking about this much.
And just like getting a large piece of ink done, change is a process.  When you plant a seed, it doesn’t grow sprout the next moment.  It requires nutrients in the form of the sun, earth, and water.  And studies show when love is given to plants, they grow greater, they grow stronger.  So channel that passion and do the other work and in time these ideas will blossom…
And lastly, if you want to represent the industry, there’s a good word in Hawaii to know: Pono. Pono means a great many things, but let’s go with ‘Just’ regarding a course of action that can unite, motivate, and get work done… And to if you want to be an Ambassador, you probably shouldn’t alienate those who would be your biggest supporters.
We are 434 Tattoo.
We are here for all of you.
Can I get a Chee Huu!!!
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434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

Contact:
mailto:adam@tattooadam.com
1-808-391-8287

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Laughing Into a New Tattoo

By Jason M.A. Walter for 434 Tattoo.

Walking into 434 Tattoo for the next step in the sleeve telling the story of my spiritual crisis and transformation, the Dark Night of the Soul if you will, was exactly what I’ve come to look for in life: comedy and healing.  I did a great job at creating some drama recently and have been refocusing via training martial arts and more meditation to get back to living the comedy in life.  Well this trip to the always good vibin’ 434 Honolulu tattoo shop served up comedy and healing…

I walked in and the place was packed.  All the team, Adam, Marko, and Andy were there, two Japanese ladies on vacation, Adam’s wife and son, and the stars of the comedy, a mother and daughter on vacation.  The daughter was a here for some cheerleading event and wanted her first tattoo, on her foot.  Tattooing hurts, I’m not going to lie, and neither will many artists and people with tattoos.  You’ve got the occasional people who like to make like it’s nothing but no joke, it hurts.  Well…

Apparently getting a tattoo on your foot is enough to make you hate your life.  I mean, I’ve three on my rib cage and if anything that made me love my life but anyway, the young lady started to scream.  It was the craziest thing I ever saw.  I was totally compassionate at first but then I couldn’t help but laugh.  It was like I was in the middle of a reality tv show, a movie, and a dream all rolled into one.  Everyone was laughing.  The Japanese tourists were rolling and making jokes in Japanese.  The mother was losing it.  Everyone.  It was beyond words.  This article can do it no justice.

The best part was when she screamed “I hate my life!”  to which Adam gave her some wisdom: “Don’t hate your life.  If you’re going to hate something, hate the world.”  We all had another good laugh and Adam was a wizard man, busting that piece out in 15 minutes, despite her moving, falling off the chair, and asking for many breaks.

She came and sat next to me and asked how it looked.  Satisfied despite the life hating and pain she ended it with: “Pretty legit!”

I nearly pissed myself, it was so comical.  Next up to bat was me.  We were adding on to an already begun journey along my arm.  All the tattoos that Adam has done for me have been based on what I’ve seen in dreams, down to the location.  This was extending the first part of a Black Jaguar, Black Panther that I’d seen crawling up my arm in a dream.  It would be my 7th custom tattoo on 7/07 of all days, very symbolic indeed.

I laid out on the table and Andy walks up and says: “Dude that’s going to hurt!”  After the episode earlier and the subsequent discussion that alot of it was mental, I was like: “F@ck, why would you say that right when it’s going to start?”  Andy and I ended up talking about rib cage tattoos and how that is awful but that this would hurt as well, which was honest and I respect that.  Nothing so far has compared to the rib cage tattoo but this one was no joke.

“Here that rattle?  That’s the needle hitting the bone.”  Adam says with a grin as the outline of grazed the elbow.  I don’t recall now if that was the worst part, it definitely wasn’t tea though that’s for sure.  This was the first time I didn’t ask for a break while getting a tattoo.  It was also the most that I’ve ever watched of one get done, a fascinating process.  Amazing in a sense that I don’t like getting shots but can do this.  I suppose the mind is a funny beast, lol, just ask our cheery friend from earlier.

“Just keep talking to Andy.”  Adam said.  Andy and I trained Jiu-Jitsu for a short time so we always end up talking about training.  We also know some of the same people because of that and yeah.  He eventually left and I just gazed up at the ceiling in between watching the tattoo machine paint my arm.  The last time I was on this table it was to finish up the second part of a lion idea I’d dreamed of the night I had gotten my first tattoo, my oath to choosing love over fear, as fear had paralyzed me in so many ways and I my spiritual crisis went full bloom.  It’s been a short/fast/long, jam packed year since.  Each tattoo telling an intricate part of the tale, serving as a reminder of who I was and how far I’ve traveled in conscious growth.

When the tattoo was completed, I could only smile.  This was one of the more painful tattoos I went through, right behind the rib cage.  It was very draining as well.  The location on the elbow and the inside of the arm along the joint made it feel like the Being was burying its claws into my arm.  That made it mean even more.  My lions are just heads and though this doesn’t show the complete body, it is the most part of anything that I have other than words.  I am excited to see the finished product but this one means alot and it is very satisfying.

Every tattoo shows the ingenuity of Adam’s vision and I am amazed each time at how something can start as a stencil and come to life.  It is so amazing because I think in words, not images and to see how this flows together from what I shared and how he crafted it is priceless to me.  How it looks like the body is connected is (insert crazy way to describe here).  To feel it climbing my arm, as it had done in the dream so long ago is beyond description.  I’ve been telling the Universe that I have paid my dues this lifetime, the last year the climax.  I’m ready for the Dark Night of the Soul to pass and this ritual was most welcome, most needed in my healing.

Much thanks to the 434 Tattoo Ohana and the rest of the cast for making my last tattoo meaningful and filled with a laugh that will last beyond this lifetime.

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Safe Tattoo for You!

A Public Service Announcement…

At 434 Tattoo, our Honolulu custom tattoo parlor, we pride ourselves not only on our artistry, but also our professionalism and dedication to safe practices, such as being actively licensed tattooists in Hawaii.

Owner Adam Siehr has been active in working with the Hawaii State Department of Health for many years by providing support, information, and testimony regarding legislation relating to tattooing in Hawaii.  Our team of artists are also involved in safe practices and are members in the Alliance of Professional Tattooists.

Many people like to go through their friends for unlicensed tattoos.  We are not one to criticize a person for their choices but we strongly advocate getting future work done by a licensed tattooist.  An artist who is licensed is trained in the best and updated practices that meet standards as set forth by the Department of Health.  Tattooing is an intense process on the body and if proper standards aren’t followed, people run the risk of infection, which can lead to illness if one is not careful.

And at our Waikiki tattoo shop, we would much rather give you a tattoo experience that is positively awesome!

Adam Siehr, President and Proud Owner
434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

Contact:
mailto:adam@tattooadam.com
1-808-391-8287

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Get Your Hawaiian Tattoo Today!

People get custom tattoos for many reasons and inspired by many things ranging from souvenir tattoos to dream tattoos to marking symbolic events in their lives and the list can go on and on and on really…

Many people also get spur of the moment tattoos.  While a spontaneous tattoo could be fun, it’s a good rule of thumb to take the time to think about what the story behind your tattoo is, particularly if your going to do a large piece like an sleeve or a body suit.  Having a coherent idea of what you want and why helps the tattoo artist visualize and in the long run will create something that you will not regret having on your body for the rest of your life.

That being said, life is beyond our control and can change as events unfold in ways even a psychic can’t foresee.  So sometimes the story may change.  Even though tattoos are permanent, we do specialize in tattoo cover ups.

So whatever the case is, whatever your story may be, come on down to our Waikiki tattoo parlor located in Honolulu, Hawaii for your free consultation and we’ll get to talking stories about your story!

Adam Siehr, President and Proud Owner
434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

Contact:
mailto:adam@tattooadam.com
1-808-391-8287

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Polynesian Tattoo Book Review

Are you looking for a really good book featuring some of the worlds best Polynesian Tattoo Artists? This Book, The Polynesian Tattoo Today, is a must have. Here you will find some of the most recent up to date Polynesian Tattoo designs being tattooed into the skin permanently .

Our Company highly recommends purchasing this book for your own personal collection. If you are looking for Ideas on your next Polynesian Tribal Design, try going to the book store and looking at this amazing masterpiece.

Perhaps you are looking to learn more about this culture, if so, 434 Tattoo suggests you buying Tattoo Traditions of Hawaii. Both of these books are by Tricia Alle, a Highly respected Tattoo artist in the Hawaii Tattoo Community.

Tattoo Adam From 434 Tattoo has a tattoo in The Polynesian Tattoo Today , if you are interested in seeing more examples of Polynesian tribal , please visit our web site , http://www.434tattoo.com

Adam Siehr, President and Proud Owner
434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

Contact:
mailto:adam@tattooadam.com
1-808-391-8287

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From Hawaiian Custom Tattooing to Asian Tattoos

While Hawaiian Custom Tattooing is a specialty at 434 Tattoo, Tattoo Adam has been focusing on the traditional aspect of Japanese Tattooing and many other cultural asian tattoo designs .

Adam has traveled to Japan over a dozen times to learn about Asian culture and the awsome Tattoo lifestyle culture, one that is very taboo and is still considered a part of the underworld of Japan.  Today, there are many street shops in Japan who take walk-ins and do Americano Style Tattoo Designs .

In Hawaii, Adam is doing the opposite…

Adam is reaching out to the local community, finding out their heritage and designing tattoos that relate to the local heritage.  When considering to design your next tattoo , it is suggested that you make a consultation appointment first to discuss your options and to hear Adam’s professional advice on how to create a masterpiece.  His years of dedication and honesty in working with clients in coming up with someone that the client can be proud of for years to come is a part of the legend that is developing around his work.

For the past 11 years, having started from scratch, Adam has worked his way up from the bottom, working hard to get to the top and is now noticed as a traditional asian tattoo designer in his Honolulu Tattoo Parlor.  He is sought out from people all over the world looking for a quality Asian piece or custom Hawaiian tattoo.

Please visit our 434 Tattoo website to learn more about our team of talented artists, our Waikiki Tattoo Shop and the progression we have seen over the years.

And keep on tuning in!

Adam Siehr, President and Proud Owner
434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

Contact:
mailto:adam@tattooadam.com
1-808-391-8287

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Face Tattoo

Only in Polynesia, will you find tattoos as intricate and laid out in such a way on the body as this one…

In particular with the Maori people of New Zealand, the more tattoos one had was associated with social ranking and only the highest ranking could get the facial tattoo (ta moko).

While facial tattoos are not necessarily a new thing, as evidenced by Rappers Lil Wayne (coming to Hawaii in September), Gucci Mane, and the Game, they are certainly one of the more painful forms to expression and body modification via tattoo.

Here at 434 Tattoo, Hawaii’s #1 destination for custom tattoos, you can come on in and get all your meaningful Polynesian and Hawaiian tattoo designs done.   Whether you are ready for your facial tattoo, a sleeve, a body suit, one piece, as always, consultations on your tattoos are free.  So stop on by, our Honolulu tattoo parlor is open seven days a week from 10a-10p.  We look forward to working with you!

Adam Siehr, President and Proud Owner
434 Tattoo
Custom Tattooing LLC.

Directions:
434 Ena Road
Honolulu, Hawaii
96815

Contact:
mailto:adam@tattooadam.com
1-808-391-8287

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