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NEW PATH

It’s been a while since I posted something here. As some of you might already know, quite some things have changed. After 7 great years living and working in The Netherlands, I recently moved back to my home country, Indonesia. So much I have learned in these years, so many nice memories made and many great tattoo projects I worked on. I can’t thank you, all my customers, enough for their interest in my work and their loyalty. All the good conversations and laughs we had and your endless support.

Now it’s time for a new path I’m taking and making a dream come true. I will use this blog to keep you up to date about the things that I will be working on here in Indonesia, and some new project that I’m working on.

At the moment I’m working in Bali, Indonesia, which will be my base for the upcoming months after that. In the beginning of the new year, my plan is to visit The Netherlands again for a short moment.

On my Instagram account you will find all my recent updates about my work and when and where I will be at that moment.

Thank you all again to check out my blog. Let’s do this, keep on moving and don’t die.!

More coming soon!

❈ Ade Itameda

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Karya ini terinspirasi dari motif yang pertama kali, saya lihat di Solo, dari koleksi batik pak Hartoyo, kedua kali, saya melihatnya dari koleksi @iwantirta_batik.


 

ATTENTION!

Because I’m very busy atm. and I’m running out of time doing tattooing, sketching for new designs, replying customers and focussing on finding new inspiration. No matter how much time I would like to put into it, I simply don’t have enough time to keep the blog up to date.

Thanks a lot everybody for your understanding!

But if you want to stay up to date about my recent work and want to know what I’m currently doing and where I’m working at the moment, please keep an eye on my pages:

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Soon I will make an important announcement, so stay tuned!

– Ade

 

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TRIP TO INDONESIA – TATTOO FLASH DAY – WAYANG KULIT TATTOO SHOW

Last week I returned to The Netherlands again after my 2 month trip to Indonesia. I had a great time! Did some work, took a small break to regain some energy and inspiration, organised a Jakarta Tattoo Flash day which was a great success and and joined the Wayang Kulit Tattoo show in Kuala Lumpur.

Here some examples of what I made during my trip.

Thanks you all, see you again soon!

 

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Neck piece made in Jakarta.

 

 

JAKARTA TATTOO FLASH DAY

Together with some friends / colleague tattoo artists I organised a Jakarta Tattoo Flash day as a dedication to our hometown, the place where we grew up.

We had prepared some designs ready to tattoo, all designs are inspired / based on in honour of the city Jakarta.
People could drop by as walk-in customers and got tattooed based on a tattoo flash of their choice. First come first serve.

Thank you for everyone who came and support us. We’ve could not done this without you, it was great. Let’s keep Jakarta artistically fun…!
Thank you / terima kasih!

 

WAYANG KULIT TATTOO SHOW

Later that month I went to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to join the Wayang Kulit Tattoo show.

This tattoo convention was organised by some friends (and great tattoo artists) of mine.

Thanks guys and see you again next year? I had a blast!

Designs done during the 1st day of the Wayang Kulit Tattoo show.

 


 

Now being back in The Netherlands again I will start working again in Seven Seas, in Eindhoven. During my trip to Indonesia I received a lot of emails with requests for appointments from you guys, so now I have to try to catch up with all of them! I’m still working on my schedule for the upcoming months, so a little more patience people! I will try to get back at you asap. Thanks in advance and see you in the shop!

ATTENTION! The shop has moved to a new location, the address of the new location is:

Jo Goudkuillaan 2

5626 GC

Eindhoven

The Netherlands

– Ade

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CALLIGRAPHY / MONSTER INK VENRAY

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As I mentioned in the previous post, a while ago when Ade was focussing and learning about ancient scripts, writings and calligraphy and after a lot of try outs, Ade created his own ‘calligraphy’ based and inspired on old, ancient scripts, like Hanacaraka and the Balinese script. He offered a customer to incorporate some of the writing in a tattoo design and after that more people picked it up and followed.

Lately Ade gets a lot of requests about his calligraphy designs. What people not always know is that it’s possible to translate almost every text or sentence into a calligraphy design (as long as it’s not too long). The fact that the ‘calligraphy’ is not always clear to read in one hit, makes it a nice for people who want to get a text done but don’t have the wish that everybody can read it, to make it more personal. To not give away too much of the ‘spirit’ behind these tattoos, if you’re interested you can contact Ade on thisis369@gmail.com for more questions and explanations.

 

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“The Warrior of the Light knows that she has much to be grateful for”

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MONSTER INK TATTOO FEST – VENRAY

 

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And a small reminder; within 2 weeks you can find him on Monster Ink Tattoo Fest in Venray on 08 / 09 October!

Ade still has some free spots available to send him an email for more info -> thisis369@gmail.com

For more info about the convention and which artists are joining check: https://www.facebook.com/Monster.Ink.Tattoo.Fest/

– Lielo

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WAYANG KULIT – TOGOG

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Another design that Ade recently made, with another not so well known character of the shadow puppet theatre is Togog. 

Togog is one of the clown servants for the hero of a story in a Wayang play. Some say he is actually Semar’s brother. As you can see Togog has a big lip, this from having tried to swallow a mountain in a battle with Semar about who was the bravest and this is also the reason why he is always stuttering a bit.

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Togog was one of the antagonists, always giving advice to be careful of the limits of humanity.
He speaks out to and is always giving corrections, criticisms and suggestions at the annoyance of his master, he remains loyal even though he is sometimes punished for being stupid.
Togog and Bilung (one of the other servants) are joking most of the time and ridicule each other but they reflect wisdom and truth.

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– Lielo

 

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WAYANG KULIT – BIMA

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After the Tattoo Convention Rotterdam 2016 (thanks everyone for dropping by!), last week Ade worked on an upper arm design inspired by a figure found in Wayang Kulit.

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Bima is the second of the Pandawa (Pandava) brothers and a leading character in the epic Mahabharata. He is a strong and bold character as reflected in his round eyes and wide
stance. He was surrounded by a whirlwind wherever he went and he is also instantly recognisable by his long fingernails that act as his weapon (Pancanaka).

He is seen as a heroic figure and known as a powerful figure, he is always rude and intimidating for the enemy, even though his heart soft. Bima characteristics are brave, steadfast, strong, stoic, obedient and honest, and he considers all people equal. He never curses or sits in front of a person he talks to. He has three wives and three children. Having descended from the wind god Vayu, Bima has the ability to fly, as does his half-brother Hanuman (Hanoman) and his son Ghatotkacha.

The vast majority of the ‘Wayang’ plays performed are drawn from the two great Hindu epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata with as well as stories of Javanese origin. ‘Wayang kulit’ is considered as the highest of the Javanese performing arts. Performed in the royal courts of Java as early as the ninth century, this tradition continues to be treasured as one of the ‘pusaka’ or sacred heirlooms of the court. ‘Wayang kulit’ is traditionally performed on ritual days and religious ceremonies. It has also been adapted more recently for television and public education campaigns.

Here a nice example of some Wayang kulit play showing the character Bima.

Video by Antonius Oktaviano Wiriadjaja

 

Next thing is: Frankfurt Tattoo Convention 2016! See you there!

– Lielo

 

 

 

 

 

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BALI – SETIA DARMA / HOUSE OF MASK & PUPPETS

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The second highlight of our trip through Indonesia we like to tell you more about is the Setia Darma, House of Mask & Puppets museum in Ubud, Bali.

2 years ago we already had the plan to visit this museum, but at that time we couldn’t find the place and due to some unlucky circumstances on the way we had to return to our hotel. So this year we wanted to give it another try!

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Setia Darma, The House of Masks and Puppets was initiated by Mr. Hadi Sunyoto, a businessman and cultural enthusiast, who has been collecting masks and puppets from different regions in Indonesia for the past seven years. Concerned with the lack of appreciation and awareness towards the disappearing traditional art form of masks and puppets in Indonesia, he decided to create a space to collect, preserve and spread the knowledge of the art form of masks and puppets. As a result, the House of Masks and Puppets was built in 2006.

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They’re mission is to inspire people to learn about the culture of the past for the benefits of the present and future life. And to conserve the art form of masks and puppets from different regions of Indonesia, as well as from other countries. The collection of the House of Masks and Puppets currently consists of approximately 6900 items, of which 1300 are masks from Indonesia, Africa, and Japan; whilst the other 5700 are puppets from Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, and Cambodia. Although the House of Masks and Puppets has several objects from other countries, the collection mostly consists of items from various regions in Indonesia.

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The collections of the House of Masks and Puppets are housed in four different traditional Javanese antique houses or commonly known as Joglo. These unique Joglos are mostly originated from East and Middle Java.

 

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We can say, this is one of the most amazing museums we have ever visited. A breathtaking collection of masks, perfectly conserved and displayed. We were actually a bit surprised that we didn’t need to pay an entrance fee to enter this museum. (We we’re completely willing to put down 200.000 IDR. if needed to see this collection up close). There even was a worker of the museum who gave us a little tour through the museum and told us more about the different sort of masks and their origins. This is definitely the place to be if you’re interested in masks & puppets from Indonesia and Asia in general!

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Setia Darma, House of Masks & Puppets

Kubu Bingin Cultural Village
Jl. Tegal Bingin
Banjar Tengkulak Tengah
Kemenuh Village, Sukawati,
Gianyar, Bali

entrance fee: free (you can leave a donation to support the museum)

http://www.setiadarma.org/

– Lielo

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YOGYAKARTA – KI SUKASMAN / WAYANG UKUR

Our 2 month trip / vacation to Indonesia is slowly coming to an end and we will return to The Netherlands soon full of new energy & inspiration! A good start of the new year! In the past few weeks we went on a inspiration-hunt and we have made several small trips through Indonesia, we have visited many temples and several museums. We would like to tell more about ALL of the beautiful places we have visited but we decided to just highlight the best of them!

On our first trip to Yogyakarta, we searched for the story behind a unique artist called Ki Sukasman. Which Ade heard about a couple of years ago and felt that there was some resemblance in the way Ki Sukasman is creating art and the way he is makes his designs. So off we went!

Ki Sukasman – Wayang Ukur

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Ki Sukasman was a 66-year-old artist (he passed in 2009) from Yogyakarta who devoted all his life to wayang, the art of leather puppetry. What distinguished him from others was his view on the ‘traditional wayang’. A bit more about him and his artworks you can find in a long interview hold by The Jakarta Post in 2003. 

Sukasman has made a name as the creator of Wayang ukur, a new style of leather puppet. His puppets have been used in shadow plays at home and abroad, such as in Canada, Holland, Germany and the U.S.

Sukasman first observed the puppets as a little boy. He made leather puppets later in his youth, and graduated from the Indonesian Fine Art Academy (ASRI) in Yogyakarta, in 1962, majoring in advertising, decorative arts, illustration and graphic arts.

Since graduating, he has experimented with leather puppets. He strongly disagrees with the popular conception that the puppet’s form has already reached a state of perfection and needs no divergence.

As an artist, he purges his restlessness with the obsessive scientific study of leather puppets. He has tried to crack the stylization secret of the puppet’s shapes. Finally, he found a way to modify the form by measuring individual parts: the body, the arms, the legs, the neck and the shoulders. Hence the origins of his puppet’s name, Wayang ukur (leather puppets in measurement).

Sukasman, who worked as a dishwasher and did other jobs in the Netherlands between 1965 and 1974, has devoted nearly all his life to wayang. He remains unmarried and most of his earnings went back into his art. He owns a large house on Jl. Taman Siswa, Yogyakarta, which serves as both his house and workshop.

 

To read the full interview, click here.

It was not so easy to find the place where we knew about that you could still find some of his artworks. The first place that Google maps told us to go to turned out to be wrong… We asked around a bit and after a while we found a guy who could point us his house / workshop. We stepped inside, a bit unsure if this was the right place where we could find Ki Sukasman’s artworks. Inside the house we found a young man who confirmed that this was his old work space. He leaded us to the back of the building and showed us some of the remaining artworks and told us that all the original wayang puppets he made are now in the possession of his brother and some museums.

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When we walked to the back we felt like entering someones private ‘studio’, not really the idea of a gallery. On the side, against the wall we found some of the remaining artworks (engraved slate stone plaques). And they where absolutely amazing! Around 170 cm high, beautifully engraved, extremely detailed. It was almost sad to find these great artworks, covered with dust, put away in a sort of garage. The boy leaded us around and explained us what he knew about the history of these artworks and around which time they where made. 3 big rooms, filled with all these beautiful doors, statues, windowpanes. We almost couldn’t believe that so many people in the past where disagreeing with his idea of traditional wayang, these were masterpieces! A small, but impressive collection of some of Ki Sukasman’s artworks, definitely one that deserves more attention.

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Overall in our opinion, an amazing, under appreciated, artist with a very progressive view on the traditional wayang. If you’re interested in visiting his workshop, to see these artworks follow the directions below;

 

Head to  JL Taman Siswa in Yogyakarta, but don’t go into the small streets of the neighborhood but stay on the main road and you will find the Ki Sukasman’s workshop on the left side of the road next to a parking lot where you can park your car.

Because this is a quite ‘hidden’ place, certainly not a tourist attraction, there’s no entry-fee to see these artworks, but please grab a bite in the small warung inside the building to give some support to the people who take care of the remains of this beautiful collection.

– Lielo

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GUNUNGAN SHADOW PUPPET BACK PIECE

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Last week Ade stared lining up a big back-piece he will be working on. This time a very special ‘character’ from the wayang kulit shaddow puppet theatre, called Gunungan.

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GUNUNGAN / KAYON

Gunungan (mountains) or Kayon (tree) / the Cosmic Tree or Mountain of Life is a shadow puppet shaped like a mountain and represents the world and its content. On it you will find carved and painted, mythical symbols and animals. There are two types of Gunungan; on one version you will find the tree standing with his roots in a pond of water, which sometimes contains fish (female qualities) and the other one is one with a big gate guarded by two demon giants. They are the guards of heaven and represent the forces of greed and lust. The gate itself is the gate to heaven or perhaps a gate from the world of reality into the mystical world of the ancestors and the gods. The last one is usually slightly more pointed to represent the male qualities. In the tree you find many animals or fantastic creatures are depicted: a tiger, a bison, peacocks, birds, dragons etc. Resembling concepts such as pride, arrogance, and vanity. Half way up the tree is the big face of an demon, Kala / Raksasa , symbolizing the dangers of human life.

Before the wayang shadow puppet play starts, Gunungan is plugged in the middle of the screen, leaning slightly to the right. This means that the puppet play has not yet begun, like the world that has not yet been ‘opened’. Once the play starts, Gunungan will be moved and lined up on the right. It’s function during the performance is to mark the beginning of each scene.

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Besides that Gunungan is also used as a sign if there are any chances in the play, the stage or the story. Gunungan is also used to symbolize fire or wind. In this case Gunungan is reversed (flipped around) and on that side it reveals a huge demonic face with its tongue hanging out and eyes bulging. It’s consuming flames and fire. They evil energy is unleashed, it consumes and destroys. It’s energy turned negative.

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The Gunungan (the cosmic mountain or Tree of Life) has both practical and highly symbolic functions in the wayang performances. For example Gunungan can also be used to symbolize the jungle, a mountain or the ocean during some scenes of the play. In this case Gunungan can act as soil, jungles, streets and so on, following the dialogue of the puppeteer.

 

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After the play is finished, Gunungan is plugged in again in the middle of the screen, leaning slightly to the left, symbolizing that the story / play has finished.

The Gunungan shadow puppet is not only used in wayang kulit performances but also in wayang golek or klitik shows.

 

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– Lielo

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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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