Inside: What is Tebori?

What does Tebori mean?

Tebori is traditional Japanese hand tattooing. Many artists praise it for its ability to create subtle gradations of tone that are difficult to achieve with a machine.
The word tebori comes from te meaning ‘hand’ and hori or horu, ‘to carve, sculpt or inscribe.
Tebori Definition

How long does it take to get?

A tebori tattoo can take anywhere from one two-hour long session to a year of twice-a-month sessions. This is depending on the size of the piece and physical endurance of the client.

How do you get a Tebori tattoo?

Tebori tattoo artists reside and work almost exclusively in Japan. So you’ll need to get in touch with a Japanese artist for your tattoo. If you don’t already reside in Japan, you’ll need to travel there to sit for the tattoo. Most tebori tattoo artists can be contacted online.
Tebori Tattoo Designs

Does Tebori fade?

The color done with tebori does change over time and only gets brighter, whereas with a traditional machine, the color starts to fade after a couple of years or months, depending on how one cares for their tattoos

Learn More About Tattoos

  • What is a Flat Needle? – Larger flat needles can be used for color fills and shading as they deliver more ink quickly with just one pass. Flat needles are good for intricate shadings such as in geometric patterns and some mandala work. The flat shader needles are also common in semi-permanent makeup
  • Why your Tattoo Pens Matter – The pen drive mode is motor. It drives the drive rod through the motor and then drives the needle up and down to make the power more evenly. Because there is no shrapnel, the wormhole is strong in the skin, and it is easy to have a needle mark in a light color.
  • What is a Tattoo Blowout? – Tattoo blowouts occur when a tattoo artist presses too hard when applying ink to the skin. The ink is sent below the top layers of skin where tattoos belong. Below the skin’s surface, the ink spreads out in a layer of fat & this creates the blurring associated with a tattoo blowout. Let’s look more at how it happens.