Rinel “Rhyno” Tabamo is one of the original tattooers of Tattoo Boulevard. His journey in tattooing began in 2013 where he learned at a street shop and covered any style that walked through the door. He had always pushed himself to improve by learning art in different mediums; such as charcoal, watercolor, marker, and oil painting. In 2017, he started painting traditional Japanese backpiece mock-ups and thus began his studies in the traditional Japanese tattoo style, also known as irezumi.
Rhyno goes above and beyond, fully immersing himself into the art of irezumi. His workstation is evidence expressing his love and dedication to the craft and culture. Outside of work, he...
∙studies tattoo history and folklore,
∙is learning how to speak, read, and write in Nihongo— the Japanese language,
∙learns how to assemble tattoo machines,
∙learned how to make color pigment,
∙makes his own sumi ink with suzuri—Japanese inkstones,
∙solders his own tebori needles,
∙and practices the art of tebori—the original Japanese technique tattooed manually by hand.
This makes Rhyno the first and only tebori tattooer in the Midwest. His dedication never falters and grows day by day. He hopes to be able to work in Japan yearly and maybe one day be given a “hori-” title, recognizing him as a honorary master in irezumi.
Above all, he believes that providing good service and developing a positive relationship with his clientele is of the utmost importance. Tattooing requires both the artist and the client after all. While working hard makes a good artist and craftsman, compassion is what makes a quality tattooer and human being. Rhyno is naturally personable and comfortable to work with. Feel free to send him an email with any questions and he will do his best to respond back within a day or so. Contact him directly through firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out his pre-consultation form by clicking here, the easiest way to start your booking process.
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