Sunday, 26 July 2015

"The Monkey King" by Yin Chan

Hong Kong based tattoo artist Yin Chan was in town to visit and we managed to find some time to catch up with him.

He tattoos out of Galaxy Tattoo III back in Hong Kong and we were very lucky to have a chance to see him at work. Starting his tattoo career later in life, he certainly has progressed extremely quickly.
This Monkey King piece is a real beauty.

The story of the Monkey King, better known as Sun Wukong, is one of the most enduring Chinese literary characters, Sun Wukong has a varied background and colorful cultural history. Read more about him here at wikipedia

He's long been the subject of movies, television programmes and animation in asian entertainment and media.
Recently his popularity has increased through pop culture, he's regularly featured in video games, and Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn (Gorillaz/ Blur) decided to stage a chinese opera based on the character as well.

Here's a few Monkey King media clips for your viewing pleasure

Sunday, 5 October 2014

"MR. X"

"Mr. X" directed  by Alex Nicholson for ROGUE FILMS.
A visual feast, touching and beautiful.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Here's a Youtube Video but if you really want to enjoy this in full High Definition glory, click here to view the film on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

"In The Chair" with Lion Fahy, Out of Step Tattoo

After going for way too long without any new videos, we've finally put together the 3rd installment of our "In The Chair" video series...  our guest artist for this video is Lionel Fahy, Out of Step Tattoo.

Lionel was in Singapore for a few short days and we are very thankful that he took the time to speak to us about his thoughts on life, ink and sharing his unique art style with us, and our followers. This video is long overdue, and we promise it won't take as long for our next video to be made.  :)

If you would like to check out more of Lionel's work and find out what he's up to, visit his page here.

See you soon and keep with the ink.

Monday, 1 July 2013


A song about ink, called "Colours, Needles and Stories" by Singaporean Singer Songwriter, Jonathan Leong.

This video features many Artists and Tattoo studios in Singapore. Watch the credits to find out who!
The song is available for download from

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Preview: "Colours, Needles & Stories" a song about ink.

There's gonna be a song about ink called "Colours, Needles and Stories. with what looks like a killer video to boot. It's gonna be released 1 July 2013 and we will share it here for sure!

Check out out the singer songwriter's blog to see the behind the scenes to the song.
There are two posts to it.
Part 1 and Part 2.

Colours Needles and Stories

"Colours Needles and stories
Memories I’d like to keep
Forever close to my heart now
Always following me

Pictures people and troubles I meet
Fables I’d like to believe
Inking reminders I keep on my journey

Whatever the shade of our skin
No matter the tools in our hands
However big our burdens be
Everyone needs to be free

Pictures people and troubles I meet
Fables I’d like to believe
Inking reminders I keep on my journey
There’s some things in this life I try to forget
These markings on me keep me going
Every man dies but not all men live
The road’s been long in the lion city
But they’re all the pieces of me

Oh I want to remember
Oh I I need them close
Oh life I know is for the living
But there’s some things on my road I’ll want the same

Pictures people and troubles I meet
Fables I’d like to believe
Inking reminders I keep on my journey
There’s some things in this life I try to forget
These markings on me keep me going
Every man dies but not all men live
The road’s been long in the lion city
But they’re all the pieces of me"

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

"Tattoo Double Time": Rockabilly Skull

"Tattoo Double Time"

Lion City Tattoo is proud to bring you the first of a brand new Lion City Original series "Tattoo Double Time". Tattoos don't magically happen in a few minutes. It takes a lot of time to complete a finished piece. Our  "Tattoo Double Time" series will bring you the best... but much faster. Enjoy!

Artist: Elvin Yong from Elvin Tattoo, Singapore.

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Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Singaporean Humour: Shiok!

Every country has an expression that is uniquely theirs. Well, in Singapore, when you say "Shiok", it's the equivalent of 'Satisfyingly, pleasurably, awesome..''.

Here's some simple ways of using the term-

Originally a Malay exclamation, but now a universal Singaporean expression denoting extreme pleasure or the highest quality.
1. “This char kway teow is damn shiok, man!”
2. “I ate the char kway teow until damn shiok.”  

This piece was done by a tattooist in training, Kiat. Inked on training skins. Love the idea and the humour behind this. LOL!

Friday, 3 August 2012

Flying the Flag: Sylvester Stallone

Flying the Flag: Sylvester Stallone

Action movie Icon: 'Sly' Sylvester Stallone, all tatted up.

The "Italian Stallion", brainchild and star of the 'Rocky' series and the 'Rambo' series has gotten some serious ink in the recent years. What took him so long? The tough guy shows off lots of his ink in project "the Expendables".

He's got some serious artists in his corner, thank goodness for that, many of the big names in entertainment have some really questionable ink. Sly has work from ink masters like Mike Devries, Mario Barth and Jeff Gogue. Many gossip magazines have been very unkind to Sly's ink calling it overdoing it and a middle age crisis on his sagging skin. Well, we think his ink looks just great.

Sly (Centre) and Jeff Gogue (L)

Sly got the portrait of his wife, Jennifer Flavin as a tenth wedding anniversary commemoration on his right shoulder and it has a bunch of roses and names of his 3 children. The Tiger was added later on. This action star sure can take colour work. It's Bright!
Mike Devries work on Sly's Right shoulder
Mike Devries posing with Sly and his work.
Sly with wife, Jennifer Flavin and their 3 girls.

Sly getting work by Mario Barth.
Sly's Left Shoulder by Mario Barth
Here's the new exclusive trailer to "Expendables 2" Looks really cool.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Old School Traditional: Joe Wang

The beauty of the old school traditional ink style is all about bold, bright colours, thick clean lines and simple, metophorical imagery. The simplicity in this style of tattooing is it's beauty. It's much harder to execute than one would think. 

Old School/ Traditional Tattoos
Artist: Joe Wang, 8 Volts Tattoo Studio, Singapore.

Native American Girl Tattoo

Panther Head with Rose Tattoo

Skull with Rose Tattoo

Hourglass with Wings and Roses

Anchor Tattoo

photos courtesy of the artist

Friday, 20 July 2012

Japanese Mayor vs. Tattoos

The mayor of Osaka, Japan, Toru Hashimoto has waged "war" on bureaucrats that wore tattoos. The ex lawyer/ Tv personality has implemented a mandatory survey that demanded that all public employees, including teachers "confess" if they were tattooed. From a compulsory survey of more than 32000 workers, 113 bureaucrats and 10 of 17000 teachers admitted to having tattoos. The Osaka survey asked employees to disclose both visible and concealed tattoos. They were also required to detail what the subject matter was and how long they had had them. 

This crackdown was initiated because a welfare officer "made co-workers very uncomfortable" by showing up to work regularly in a T-shirt, which revealed a shoulder tattoo. The city, in reaction to the mayors survey is now considering relegating the tattooed bureaucrats away from positions that require daily interaction with members of the public to a “behind-the-scenes” role. There are also talks about making the ink slingers either remove the tattoos or find new jobs in the private sector.

Friday, 13 July 2012

"In The Chair" with Nicckuhori

Lion City Tattoo Original series

"In The Chair" with Nicckuhori, Galaxy Tattoo 2, Singapore.

This second installment of "In the Chair", we speak to the main man of Galaxy Tattoo 2, Nicckuhori. Enjoy!

Vajrapani Tattoo: Augustine Nezumi

Vajrapani Tattoo- Back Piece

Artist: Augustine Nezumi, from Gimmelove Tattoo Studio 2, Singapore.

Stunning work (photo courtesy of the artist)

The Vajrapani is a deity found in many asian cultures. His name translates to "the one with lightning in his hand". He''s a symbol of the power of Buddha and is often depicted with a fiery demeanour  to the Buddha's left.