I’m the webmaster and curator of Ink’d Soul, a personal blog I run out of my passion for skin art, and my fascination with tattooing and tattoo subculture for the past three decades. In its current form, this little project of mine is comprised of three growing parts:

The idea

The blog

The first is a blog series I’m running, about history, anthropology, and art. It’s my exploration into tattoo art in different cultures, and although it’s in its nascent stages, I’d love to grow it one day to include interviews, deep-dives, and guest posts from experts in each style.

The news

The second is my personally curated news and announcements feed, and a catalog of designs I’ve found and shared, with the aim of both creating a little collection of artworks and artists I admire (with credit!), and to help share tattoo art with some of my visitors.

The directory

The third and final part is a directory of artists and studios from around the globe. And this is where I need your help! Ink’d Soul is fast-growing, especially with the frequent content. I would like to feature more artists (for free) and create an extensive and organized directory of tattoo artists from all the world’s major cities.

As a tattoo is grounded on living skin, so its essence emotes a poignancy unique to the mortal human condition. A tattoo is a true poetic creation, and is always more than meets the eye.

Find Your Artists.

I’ve got big plans for this little project of mine, and I’d love to hear back from you! Let me know if you’d like to be a part of this.

Awards!

Festivals

Tattoos have a power and magic all their own. They decorate the body but they also enhance the soul.

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The shop was super clean and reasonably priced as well. Bill Lioka did my tattoo as a walk-in and was super professional the entire time about it. Definitely worth visiting if you're in need of some ink!

JACKIEADAMS777

“Best and most talented tattoo professional ever.”

MALCOLM GLADWELL

I just got a 3/4 sleeve from Mike Fatutoa. He is a freehand Polynesian master, the best in the states. He and his family provide a wonderful tattoo experience. I can't relay how pleased I am. Mahalo.

"5 stars for the sacred center tattoo"

CHARLES F. LUMMIS

I just had my first Samoan tattoo on my chest to bicep. Mike uses free hand which is amazing. He's gifted tattoo artist. You will be more than satisfied with the outcome. I highly recommend Mike without a doubt!!!!!

"Will be the first place I visit again when back in Amsterdam."

M.F. MOONZAJER

Most of my tattoo's are from Emiel. He's a great guy and I love his work. I come with a crappy drawing as I can't draw very well and he turns it into art. What I like is that I can say what I'm seeing in my head, my vision and he turns it into what I want. It shouldn't be rushed. So he won't rush. They're Tattoo artists, and that's what you're getting and it's not extremely expensive either. So next tattoo plan is going to Admiraal, AGAIN..

"Big Mike is the best. I am happy i found him.”

T. SCOTT MCLEOD

I saw Big Mike this past weekend. He is the best. I am happy i found him. He just finished some great work on my arm. I plan on going back to have him clean some other work up. Go see him, you will be happy. Hopefully his Pops is around, he made my visit even better, because he looks and acts like my own.

"He's a really gifted tattooist!”

MANDY HALE

I was looking to have some cleanup work done to a band on my leg, but didn't want to just go to some shop that would imitate what they consider a Polynesian style. So I was incredibly happy to find an artist like Mike in the area.

He's a really gifted tattooist - lots of knowledge in traditional styles and motifs. He's also great about reviewing what you're looking to have done and (in my case) working to clean up any sub-par work.

Prices were really reasonable and you'll be more than satisfied with the final results.