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RECENT WORK

Here some of my recent work!

Terima kasih…!
Inspired by Balinese carvings and Batik patterns from middle Java.
One more session for the last checkup…!

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Inspired by Balinese stone carving. Thank you Nick.

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– Ade

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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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TCR 2014

 

 

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Yesterday we came back from the Tattoo Convention Rotterdam, thanks to all the people who dropped by at our booth for a chat or to make an appointment! We saw a lot of familiar faces, great to catch up with everybody. We had a blast!

 

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TATTOO PLANET – INDONESIAN ARTISTS

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Ade’s part of the interview in the Dutch tattoo-magazine, Tattoo Planet by ‘Tattoo Hunter’ Lars Krutak about Indonesian tattoo art.

It feels good to join this movement to keep the Indonesian culture and heritage alive. Thanks guys! Salam Budaya.

Are you interested in reading the whole article? Go to a kiosk near you and check your local tattoo-magazine’s! You can find this article in the following magazine’s; Total Tattoo (UK), Tattoo Savage (USA), Z Magazine (Scandinavian countries), Tattoo Magazin & online English-language Tattoo Zone (both Hungary), TatowierMagazin (Germany).

 

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SEE YOU NEXT TIME

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Sadly enough we’re almost at the end of our trip to Indonesia. Next week we will head back to The Netherlands, inspired by all the beautiful things we saw and with our heads full of new ideas! Now it’s time to go back to reality again and focus on what we’re going to do next. Ade is currently busy planning a ‘Europe trip’ and will probably join some conventions around Germany, Poland, Spain, later this year. Again, we don’t have any concrete dates and places yet, but if we know more we will inform you.

For now; Thank you again Indonesia! See you soon!

 

For Indonesian customers:

There where some people who wanted to get tattooed while Ade was in Indonesia this time, but didn’t had the opportunity. Because of that Ade decided that he might return to Indonesia later this year. We have no exact dates yet but if we have more details they will be uploaded here on the blog.

For the Dutch customers:

Thanks to all the people who send an email so far who want to get tattooed by Ade when he returns to The Netherlands! Around the 10th of June Ade will start sending out dates for appointments for the months June/July/August. Due to the big amount of emails there is a waiting list.  Please be patient! Try not to sent multiple emails. People will be added to the list in order of the date the emails being send, to be fair. It usually takes up to 2 (sometimes 3) weeks to respond to emails, due to the volume of emails Ade receives.

If you’re interested in making an appointment with Ade, please send an email to: thisis369@gmail.com with where, what and size, reference photos and if possible photos of the body part to be tattooed.

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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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INDONESIA + SHANNON LARRATT

It’s been a while since you heard from us! We have been extremely busy with moving, working and preparing for our travel. It all took a bit more time then we expected, which means that our trip to Indonesia is a bit delayed but we are happy to announce that next week we finally will head off to Indonesia for a well deserved vacation! It’s been a year ago that we visited Indonesia for the last time and we’re looking forward to see all our friends again and get inspired by the beautiful temples of Bali, stunning nature of Yogjakarta and the crazy city life of Jakarta! We will be back in The Netherlands again around middle of June this year. Our next post will be from out of Indonesia!

For Dutch customers:

If you’re interested in planning in an appointment to discuss a design with Ade Itameda or get tattooed when he’s back around the middle of June, you can send us an email on: thisis369@gmail.com

Please mention:

  • Your idea’s
  • Possible placements + size
  • Your telephone number

Please remember; We will do our best to answer all of your emails asap. but expect a response time of 2 – 3 weeks.

For Indonesian customers: 

Due to our slightly delayed trip, Ade doesn’t have his exact working schedule yet. For all the people who already send us an email with inquiry’s and requests to get tattooed by him in Indonesia, we will get back at you asap. to book in an appointment. Thank you for your patience.

Shannon Larratt 1973-2013

This morning we got the incredible sad news that Shannon Larratt, the biggest icon of the body modification world has passed away.

Shannon Larrett, was a programmer, writer, and artist that you probably know best because of BME, the body modification website he ran from 1994 until mid-2008, where he later came back to about a year or two ago. He also maintained a body modification blog called MODBLOG. Beyond that Shannon Larratt was somebody that brought people and a community together. His contributions to the world of body modification can be felt everywhere, especially in the people that looked up to him, and people he was closest to. He made a real difference and helped others be themselves, and stood up for human rights. If you would like to learn more about Shannon check out his pages Shannon’s Blog: http://www.zentastic.com/blog/about-shannon/ Shannon’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/larratt?fref=ts Also check out Bme’s page in dedication to him: http://news.bme.com/2013/03/15/rip-shannon-larratt-1973-2013/

Thank you for all your inspiration and work! You will be truly missed.

 

Shannon Larrett

 

 

 

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TATTOO CONVENTION ALKMAAR 2012

Yesterday night we came back after another successful convention in the Grote Kerk in Alkmaar. We had a blast! What a beautiful location! An unique setting to spend a whole weekend tattooing. Everything was nicely organized and after a bit of a quiet saturday, we had a busy, fun sunday. I think this will be the last tattoo convention we will do for this year. We planned to join the Tattoo Convention in Brussels next week but sadly enough we won’t be able to make it. But I’m sure you will find us on some conventions in the beginning of the new year. Thanks to all the people who came by at our booths at all the conventions over the last year to get tattooed or just for a chat!

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ADE ITAMEDA IN INDONESIA

For all Ade Itameda’s customers in Indonesia!

We recently got many requests when Ade will be working in Indonesia again.

Ade Itameda will not be working in Indonesia and stay in The Netherlands till around February 2013. When Ade’s schedule for Indonesia is planned, we will announce this here on the blog.

If you’re interested where Ade is working at the moment, please send an email to: thisis369@gmail.com

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TATTOO CONVENTION ROTTERDAM 2012

 

We’re happy to announce that Ade Itameda is joining the Tattoo Convention in Rotterdam 2012 again this year!

Last year we had allot of fun, so we wanted to join this year again! Ade has still some spots left open on the convention for people who want to get tattooed.

If you’re interested in getting tattooed by Ade at the Tattoo Convention in Rotterdam, please send an email as soon as possible, to thisis369@gmail.com with your idea, placement and size.

We will also be selling our t-shirts and artworks again!

You’re also always welcome to drop by at the tattoo shop where Ade is currently tattooing to discuss possible designs or just for a chat. If you want to know where Ade is currently tattooing, also please send an email to thisis369@gmail.com

 

Other great artists who will join the convention are:

Milosh, Liorcifer, Noi Siamese, Dan Gold, Phillip Spearman, Jeremy Tan, George Mavridis Tattooligans, Zi You Tattoo China, Andy Mystery Touch, Clare Reid , Dan Henk , and many more!

10-11 March 2012
Rotterdam
Ahoy Rotterdam

Saturday 12.00-21.00

Sunday 12.00-21.00

 

Pre-Sale – Tickets

You can order your tickets at the Ticket Service Kassa.

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Tickets are also available at the door from AHOY.

Children under the age of 12, are free of entrance fee

 

For more information about the Tattoo Convention in Rotterdam, please check: http://www.unitedconventions.com/conventions/rotterdam/

 

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