Every once in a while, it's nice to appreciate a tattoo for its own sake. This is especially rewarding for me when I am familiar with the artist, and I know people who have been tattooed by him or her, which has allowed me to appreciate their craft over time.
Two of my friends have been fortunate enough to have been tattooed by the wonderful Horisei (their work appeared here and here). Horisei works out of Chelsea Tattoo Company, former location of Rising Dragon.
So, when I spotted Andrew, coming out of Penn Station last month, I was more than thrilled to take shots of his Horisei-crafted sleeve.
Andrew estimates that this took about twenty hours of work, over a two to three month period.
His traditional Japanese sleeve consists of a tiger, two koi, and peonies, in addition to the water background.
Thanks to Andrew for sharing his awesome sleeve with us here on Tattoosday!
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