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NEW T-SHIRTS!

New T-shirts done.

First will be available at the Mondial du Tatouage convention in Paris on 3 / 4 / 5 March 2017

And also available Seven Seas Tattoos in Eindhoven .

Terima kasih!

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BATIK PATTERN MEANINGS – THE PRODIGY NEW MUSIC VIDEO

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In my work you will often find some returning patterns and shapes on the background. Because I always get inspired by the patterns you can find on the traditional clothing & fabrics from Indonesia and also because they match very well with the other ornaments or images I use, I love to use them in my work.

Those patterns on the fabrics are made by a special dyeing technique called Batik. What many people might not know is that those patterns are not just random patterns, but that they have a much deeper meaning behind them. And that some patterns can only be found in specific areas of Indonesia. Many Indonesian batik patterns are symbolic. For example infants that are carried in batik slings decorated with symbols designed to bring the child luck, and certain batik designs are reserved for brides and bridegrooms, as well as their families. Some designs are reserved for royalties, and even banned to be worn by common people. Even a person’s rank can be determined by the pattern of the batik he or she wears.

Some of the traditional batiks show patterns mixed with images from for example butterflies, birds and other animals. In the end of 16th century, the majority of the Islands in the region of Java had adopted Islamic faith. This change strongly influenced Javanese textile designs as Islam forbids the depiction of humans and animals. This prohibition brought about a variety of stylized and modified ornaments as symbols, such as flowers and geometric patterns, known as Ceplok. The Ceplok patterns were the way in which batik makers attempted to get around the prohibition, creating simple elements which represented animals and people in a non-realistic form.

BATIK KAWUNG

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For example this Batik Kawung, that I used as an inspiration for the tattoo I made shown above. Batik Kawung is one of the oldest batik motifs and is worn by the king and the family. Known in Java since the 13th century, and appears on Hindu temple walls such as the Prambanan. The Kawung pattern symbolizes justice and power.

Batik Kawung pattern has a meaning; symbolizing the hope for human beings that they will always remember their origins. This pattern consists of four circle focused on a point means a King that is assisted by his servants. Actually ‘Kawung’ or ‘Kolang kaling’ is also a name of Palm fruit (Areca Palm blossom) that Indonesian people love to eat.

Part of the Ceplok (circle) family of designs, the Kawung can be arranged as intersecting circles in some of its variations, making dynamic repeated patterns.

 

PARANG RUSAK

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Another example is Batik Parang Rusak. Parang means weapon, literally defective big knife (like a sword). It symbolizes power and strength. Batik with a Parang Rusak pattern is originally worn exclusively by knights and people of authority, this particular batik motif must be processed with serenity and patience. If a mistake is made during the process, it is believed that its magical power will disappear. It’s a traditional batik pattern from a special district of Yogyakarta. The curved lines of a Parang motif portray waves, symbolizing the center of nature’s powers and referring to the king and his powers. There are even more variations of Parang Rusak patterns, such as Parang Rusak Barong, Parang Kusuma, Parang Klitik, Parang Klitik Mentik, etc.

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Tattoos all done @ 25 to Life Tattoos in Rotterdam.

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC VIDEO CLIP OF THE PRODIGY – GET YOUR FIGHT ON

How nice it is when one of you’re old customers is texting you telling that you have to check out the new video clip of The Prodigy because the tattoos you made on them are in there. Great! Thanks a lot guys :)

 

– Ade Itameda

 

 

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MAYARATIH COUTURE FOR ADE ITAMEDA

 

Last time when we visited Indonesia, Maya Ratih a good friend of us, designed and custom made a batik jacket for Ade. Which he can wear at conventions and formal occasions, something traditional with a modern, more present-day touch. Again thank you for this great gift!

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Photo’s by Joel Kiel 

 Making of… 

 

 

 

MayaRatih couture

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Maya works under the name MayaRatih couture  which was established in 2009 and founded by Maya Ratih herself. Besides being a fashion designer, she’s also know for her work as a professional makeup artist.
In 2005 Maya Ratih graduated from ESMOD fashion school of Jakarta and she had few rewards and accolades from her peers and industry professionals during her course; Maya earned experience by working with some well-known designer for couple years. And also she took an additional makeup course at Marta Tilaar and Andiyanto.
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MayaRatih couture focusses on making stunning wedding, evening dresses & gowns. And recently is also offering modern Kebaya, cocktail dresses and men’s suit.
All of their collections are homemade and most of them are custom made especially for each customer; therefore they have a huge selection of high quality fabrics and materials to hand work details of each gown. They are always ensuring that each customer feels special and are empowered to make their dream dress a reality. They always aim for something unusual, something unique. A great combination between the old and the new. Inspired by the traditional Indonesian fabrics and clothing styles, combined in a revolutionary new way.

 

“I believe that fashion is not about what you wear it, but how you wear it, it is form of expansion of one’s identity. I live it. I breathe it. I express it.” – Maya Ratih

 

So if you’re looking for your dream wedding dress or the perfect suit? Something different than the usual? Something designed and custom, handmade only for you? Go check them out!
They occasionally join fashion shows and exhibitions, so go check them out!

 

Sunrise Garden. Jl. Surya Nirmala Blok O No.17A
Jakarta, Indonesia
+62 821 103 10003 / +62 21 9992 5222
mayaratihcouture@yahoo.com
 
– Lielo

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NEW T-SHIRTS!

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We’re currently busy designing and printing new T-shirts which will be available at the Tattoo Convention in Rotterdam in March!

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BATIK STAMPS

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Ade’s last piece is based on the Batik pattern, called Wahyu Tumurun from Yogjakarta. Wahyu Tumurun literally means ‘Divine blessing’ or ‘Revelation’. This motive is a symbol for humans wish for God’s blessing and enlightenment. Mostly people wear this batik if they’re hoping for a job promotion or recognition by their peers and superiors or simply to attain a better and prosperous life.

One of the tools they use to make a batik pattern on the traditional clothing of Indonesia like the one shown above are batik stamps. I’ve always been highly fascinated by those stamps. Batik stamps, or mostly called ‘cap‘, was invented around 1845 and mostly made of copper. Sometimes you will find batik stamps made of wood. The stamps are used to make the process of making batik easier.

They are used by dipping them into hot wax (Bee-wax) mixed with paraffin and applied to the cloth in a design. Then the cloth is dipped into a dye. All of the areas of the cloth that are covered with the wax do not absorb the dye and remain in their original color. When the cloth is dry, more wax is applied and then the cloth is dyed again, usually in a more darker color. This process will be continued until the desired design is completed. After that the wax is removed completely by ‘melting’ the cloth.

The stamps itself are great works of art. The’re made with total precision and eye for detail. I like to collect those stamps myself and I spend many hours wandering around on flea-markets to find these beautiful objects!

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For customers from Indonesia:

Ade is not booking in new customers for tattoo-appointments in the time that he will be here in Indonesia (Until 5 June). Thank you for all of your emails! He wishes he could work out all of them, but there’s not enough time to handle all of your requests.  Ade will probably return back to Indonesia later this year, so you can still send an email with your idea’s, placement and size to thisis369@gmail.com

Just keep an eye on the blog to know where Ade is working at the moment! 

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INDONESIAN SLEEVES

Ade has been working on three Indonesian inspired sleeves for three great guys. In the first photo you can see a sleeve with elements of the traditional Indonesian Wayang shadow puppets play. On the lower arm you can see the Gunungan, the opener of the Wayang shadow puppets play. On the top of the arm there’s an Javanese mask, used during traditional celebrations and ceremony’s. And around it you can see ornaments inspired by Balinese stone-carvings and waves.

In the second photo you can see a sleeve which is also inspired by traditional Indonesian images. On top of the arm you can see the all known symbol of Indonesia, the head of the Garuda bird. Also combined with ornaments and flowers which are based on Balinese stone carvings and clothing patterns. And the sleeve is closed with a Batik Parang pattern (This sleeve is still in progress).

In the third photo you see a sleeve which is influenced by the wave pattern you can find in all the Indonesian passports, with as a background the pattern of the Flower of Life. And on the lower part of the arm you see an ornament which is mostly seen in Batik Ceplok patterns. (The circle in the middle is an ‘imperfect circle’ and not done by Ade).

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EINDHOVEN TATTOO CONVENTION 2012

We will be joining the Eindhoven Tattoo Convention this year!

The convention will take place on 3 & 4 November 2012 in the Klokgebouw in Eindhoven. Many great tattoo artists will join from all over the world and there will be awesome live music and clothing stalls!

Opening hours on Saturday & Sunday:

12:00 pm until 21:00 pm

For more information about the Tattoo Convention, check here: http://www.unitedconventions.com/conventions/eindhoven/artists

 

Ade Itameda still has some free spots on the convention, so be quick and send an email with your idea, placement and size to thisis369@gmail.com to make a chance to get tattooed by him at the tattoo convention!

 

 

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NEW T-SHIRTS!

 

Mask

Design by Ade Itameda.

Inspired by Javanese masks, used during traditional dances. Underneath the mask there’s 2 keris. Keris are, both a weapon and spiritual object, keris are often considered to have an essence or presence, with some blades possessing good luck and others possessing bad. Salam Budaya means ‘Greeting Culture’.

Printed in a matte, detailed print,
on a black, made of 100% cotton, high-quality t-shirt.

Available in size M, L, XL, XXL.

Model is wearing L.

25,- euro (excl. shipping costs).

 

Batik Flower

Design by Ade Itameda.

Based on flowers used in the traditional, Batik fabrics from Indonesia. In the middle there’s the AUM symbol surrounded by a Bali flower, often used in holy ceremonies. Salam Budaya means ‘Greeting Culture’.

Printed in a matte, detailed print,
on a black, made of 100% cotton, high-quality t-shirt.
Special hand-cut model, with cute short sleeves. Low feminine neck. Long fit.

Available in size S, M, L, and XL.

Model is wearing M.

25,- euro (excl. shipping costs).

You can send your order to: thisis369@gmail.com
Please include in your email the preferred size, name, and address.

(We’re shipping to every country, it depends on the country what the sending costs will be).

We will send you information about payment and the shipping costs for your order.

We would like to keep our items exclusive and limited.
There are only 24 t-shirts printed with this design! 

So be quick, and place your order!

Machine wash cold. Wash dark colors separately. Use non-chlorine bleach only if needed. Tumble dry low. Do not iron decoration. Do not dry clean if decorated. The t-shirts are made of 100% cotton so expect some shrinkage. To lessen this, try hang drying your t-shirts.

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BATU KARAS

We decided to go on a mini-vacation to escape from the chaotic Jakarta. We drove 10 hours in the car to Batu Karas, Panangdaran, West Java. It’s an absolutely beautiful place, not yet discovered by allot of tourists. We stayed in a nice, amazing hotel and we drove with a small motorboat through the jungle. Just what we needed.

But back to work! The t-shirts and new stickers are getting printed now and believe me they’re awesome! Soon we will upload the photo’s!

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BALI + T-SHIRTS

 

Sorry for our late update! We’re putting the last hand on the new t-shirts! So soon we will upload the 2 new designs! One design for the boys and one design for the girls. We also will be printing bigger size’s for the guys this time! It’s going to be awesome.

Also we’re leaving to Bali on 27 June for a vacation and  Ade will be tattooing for 2/3 days. He’s only working by appointment, so if you want to make an appointment, send an email to: thisis369@gmail.com. Then we will plan you in!

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