I am Horisuzu
I Apprenticed under Ryugen Sensei of Tokyo, Japan
I am a member of the Ryugendo Family
I have been tattooing for 17 years
I represent the Traditional Japanese Tattoo in the Northwestern United States. I am one of only a handful of tebori (tattooing by hand) artists working inside the continental United States who studied under a Japanese master.
Tattooing is the only profession I've ever known and I will continue to tattoo until my hands give out and I pass into the next realm of existence.
HORISUZU works at the following locations
Private Studio-Portland, Oregon
and on occasion travels Abroad
All work is by appointment only
Horisuzu uses Machine work for lines and mainly Tebori hand work for color and shading.
Tebori is the traditional method of tattooing by hand, that has been practiced for over 400 years in Japan.
A consultation must be made before making an appointment,
Exceptions are made only for those traveling long distances.
Cost is $300 per Session
A Session is 2 hours in length this will include a ten minute break.
You must be at least 20 years old to get tattooed by Horisuzu
I only work inside the forms and motifs of the Traditional Japanese Tattoo
These are minimum estimations the final time depends on the design, your body size and skin type.
Nuki-A singular motif
Single Point Nuki-2-7 hours
Shoulder Nuki-15 hours
Back Nuki-60 hours
Gaku-A motif with surrounding patterns. example...Rocks, Waves,Water,Wind, Clouds and Flowers.
Gobu Gaku-Half Sleeve-25 Hours
Shichibu Gaku-7/10 sleeve-35 Hours
Tekubi Gaku-Long/Full Sleeve-45 Hours
Senka Gaku-Full Back-120 Hours
Munewari-A partial body suit including the back,half sleeves, thighs and ribs with a break of open skin running down the middle of the chest.-5 year commitment of weekly visits.
Donburi-Full Body suit excluding the hands, feet, neck and face.-7 year commitment of weekly visits.
ABOUT THE STUDIO
When making your appointment you will notice that there are many things that we do that will differ from other studios. This is because we are a traditional Japanese based studio and we operate following a different model than that of our american based counterparts. In Japan the studios were hidden with little to no signage typically used. The majority of artists worked strictly by word of mouth and worked by appointment only, The Japanese tattoo studio was a much more intimate setting than that of the fast paced socially infused american tattoo studio. Over the centuries this has become a part of the Japanese tattoo culture and added to its beauty and mystery.
THE DAY OF YOUR APPOINTMENT
When you make an appointment we will give you the general directions to the studio we do not post this information publicly. When you arrive please do not bring many people with you as the space is private and does not accommodate many guests. We do not allow shoes inside the studio as is Japanese tradition, We will supply you and your guest with sandals to wear while inside the studio. The next custom is one that many people are unacustom to, we take short 15 minute breaks every hour to serve our clients and guests some beverages, traditionally green tea (hot in the winter and chilled in the summer) is served. When arriving please make sure you have your ID card with you so that we may make a copy for our records. You will also be given an envelope this is for your payment at the end of the session please put your money inside this envelope when paying the artist.
ADVICE FOR THOSE TRYING TO COMPLETE LARGE SCALE WORK IN A SHORT TIME FRAME
I understand that getting a tattoo is an exciting experience and that people getting larger work especially are in a bit of a rush in the first session to get as much done as possible. I understand that you want to get a lot of work done at once. However I find that the best way to accomplish this process is to come in regularly for appointments every two to three weeks. This is the minimum wait between appointments as your body needs time to heal, however keeping up this regiment will give you the best results in the shortest amount of time.
ADVICE FOR THOSE ENDURING LONGER SESSIONS AND SENSITIVE AREAS
On the day of your appointment please eat a good meal two hours before you're scheduled and drink plenty of water don’t worry I'll give you as many bathroom breaks as you require. Please do not drink alcohol or do any kind of recreational drugs one to two days before the day of your appointment this will allow your body to be in its best state for your tattoo appointment. Immediately following your appointment continued hydration and sleep is best for your body.
Thank you for helping us keep the traditions alive,