Working on our new studio art gallery is fun, it’s a way of expressing ourselves thought our art, and our visitors will be able to feel that Louis and Joe are not just about the tattoos, we are passionate about art. Then hopefully be able to have the opportunity to express our art on to our customers body. We do art because we love to, it makes you as a tattooist to push what you do a bit further, instead of being limited to go further with the reference provided. Thank you
The words after “long ago in the village of Shiga” were quoted from a story about a mysterious fire called the “abura-nusumi no hi” (the oil-stealing fire), which featured in the Edo period books, the Shokoku Rijin Dan (諸国里人談) and the Honchō Koji Innen Shū (本朝故事因縁集). In those books, it’s stated that there was a folk belief where an oil merchant from Ōtsu, Ōmi Province steals oil from a Jizō statue at the crossroads so that he can sell them, and became lost and turned into a mysterious fire after death. In Mount Hiei, it’s said that a mysterious fire called the abura-bō appears, and in the Shokoku Rijin Dan, this fire is seen to be the same as the “abura-nusumi no hi.” It’s inferred that Sekien’s abura-akago was a made-up tale based on this “abura-nusumi no hi” in the Shokoku Rijin Dan and other books.
I had an awesome day finishing this portrait of Thanos. Not only for really enjoy doing it, but also for watching the “avengers end game” in the same day. It was an avengers day for me. Doing a comic tattoo is closer to my heart, as in comics where I started my journey as an artist when I was a kid. So thank you Andy, for letting me do this portrait for you.