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Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Seppuku Tattoo is hiring!

At the end of this year, we say goodbye to Matt's apprentice, Jamison Eckert. This leaves us with an open chair. 

The Short Bit: 
We're looking for a full time artist with a MINIMUM of 3-5 years of experience, versed in a variety of styles, who can do anything from walk ins to extensive custom work. Full blood borne pathogen training & Red Cross certified. Sharp portfolio. Professional ethics. No rock stars, primadonnas, racists, scratchers, or drug users. Please contact either Matt or Johnny at the studio or via email. 973-291-8187,, or 

The Long Bit:
"A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." Ecclesiastes 4:12
Matt & I have been in business together for going into eight years now, & little has come in the way of our partnership. We are looking for an additional powerful artist to be that third, and maybe a fourth artist as a floater, a part time artist to work in the booths when they're vacant so we can start working a normal schedule, as opposed to the sixty to eighty hours a week we're working now. Preferably, we'd like an artist who we not only can be proud to offer to our clientele, but is strong & creative enough so that we can create an environ where we all learn from each other & push each other to greater heights. 

We have a very open laid back atmosphere where we work hard to let the small shit not matter, & to concentrate our strengths on our art & on our clientele. We are clean & (mostly) sober. We are art school educated & have vast experience in many other mediums. We are very open about assisting each other. We share 'secrets', techniques, styles, supplies, & clients. We are cool about recommending customers to the other when the other is stronger in a particular area. We have absolute trust & never have the kinds of worries you might find in other studios; we never have to worry about anything being stolen, anyone having a key to the studio, or any concerns about the register. Like many artists of our caliber, we like to travel & do guest spots, & we do not want to ever have to worry about leaving the studio in someone's hands. Everyone in the shop helps each other out, answers the phones, takes appointments for each other, schmoozes the clients, cleans, mops, & treats everyone under our roof with respect. We worked very hard to build a great studio, we expect it to be treated as if it was your own. 

Matt & I are both very diverse. Although we do like very tattoo artist types of things, like horror or motorcycles, we are also consumed with academics as well. Matt has a full education in both English & Fine Arts, & I read & think way too much. We work in a number of mediums, live for all varieties of art, & never want to be limited to a tattoo stereotype. We paint & consider the masters to be our main influences. We listen to a broad range of music, from jazz to death metal. 

Seppuku Tattoo does not suck. We have taken a number of awards, have been published in a number of magazines & books, have been invited to the better conventions, & guested at great studios. A perfect candidate will either be working at this level of excellence or show real potential to get there. 

Matt & I both have done formal apprenticeships on top of our art educations & former art careers. We've sacrificed much in paying our dues & earning our place. We have a tremendous amount of respect for the industry & do not engage in trash talk. We have an open door policy & invite other artists to hang out or create art. We didn't name the studio 'Seppuku' for nothing, we did it because the foundational principles of samurai culture are loyalty, honor, & respect. 

I shouldn't have to say what we are NOT looking for. If you are looking for drama, please think of auditioning at a community theatre. If you're currently nursing a serious substance abuse problem, forget it. If you are currently working out of your kitchen, just stop. Problems with hygiene, attitude, tardiness, or unprofessionalism, come on now. 

I'm going into length about our viewpoint because a good working relationship is going to rely on being able to mesh personalities as well as skill & talent. Our studio is small but very high quality. We're in an area that's high traffic enough for business, in a mountain town on a river. We're close enough to the city to get in & out for art shows, but not be overwhelmed by traffic & general insanity. We are not looking for someone who just needs a job, we're looking for someone who really wants to create something great. If this sounds like the kind of place you would like to call home, please contact either Matt of myself immediately. Thanks! 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

I TOLD you we would do T SHIRTS!

Yes, I completed all the art back in March. And then we were slammed for the duration of the summer. We get a bit of a breather as the holidays jump on everyone, & I finished the files & shot them out to the printers. We have two designs,... the kamikaze grrl committing seppuku is a six color print on the back, with the Seppuku cartuche on the front. We have them in heavyweight cotton t shirts, & also a limited number of Dickies work shirts, in M-L-XL-XXL. $20 & $40 respectively.

We also have shirts for the ladies, a three color print on the front, on American Apparel baby dolls. We have S-M-L-XL, at $20.

We also have art prints. Johnny ran six prints of the paintings he's done this year: The Pirate Queen (painting done for the cover of Skin & Ink magazine), Steamed Punk Grrl, Zombiegina, Beautiful Music, Infinite Geisha, and Death's Bed. These prints are 13" x 19", some on white, some on off white water color paper, $20.

Matt has a run of art prints based on the skull studies he's done this year. Also, a number of original oil paintings.!/media/set/?set=a.179688725399409.39027.100000748482809&type=1

I will update this entry later today. For now, you can stop by the shop & see the art for yourself, or contact us via our website. Thanks for everyone's support!

Monday, September 12, 2011

September already?!

Check this out: May 26th, on Jay & Silent Bob Get Jobs, an insanely cool live read commercial for Seppuku Tattoo! The read starts at 12:40, runs until 25:40, & then is mentioned in call backs & follow up jokes throughout the show! Nothing is cooler than listening to Jason Mewes scream, "Seppuku,... fuck you up!!"

Our first guest artist: Josh Fields!

We've been wondering whether or not our rural riverside location would be a good destination spot for traveling guest artists. After our success with the Chris Dingwell seminar, it would seem yes! So Matt & Johnny are opening the doors to artists traveling through the tri-state area from cross country or overseas to crash at the shop & spend some time tattooing & getting tattooed. Because we like getting nice work as well, & we never have time to tattoo ourselves. ;)

September 22 through the 27th, we'll be hosting the amazing Josh Fields from The Platinum Rose Studio  in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

Josh is a fourteen year veteran tattoo artist, an accomplished fine artist & oil painter, and his work has appeared in dozens of magazines and publications, as well as gallery shows. You'll see his fine art training evident in his tattoos, which look like museum pieces. 

A lot of spots are already filled as I write this, so call the studio & check for availabilities. 

Our website is about a year behind as far as updates, new art, & new publications. Sorry about that. We've been working six days a week for fourteen straight months, & the workload doesn't allow much time for things as time consuming as new web design. We will get to it, along with all our other plans for shop upgrades, including all the t shirt & sticker designs we have. Thanks for being understanding & dedicated!


Friday, June 17, 2011

Chris Dingwell hosted at Seppuku Tattoo!

Seppuku Tattoo is proud to host one of the tattoo industry's foremost fine artist and painter extraordinaire Chris Dingwell, teaching an all day painting seminar in our studio. 

Chris is one of those personalities that needs little introduction. In addition to his impressive tattoo career, he's known for live painting at his Wet Paint Projects, collaborations with other tattoo industry peers, all painting live before crowds of thousands at tattoo conventions coast to coast. His ground breaking and prolific work is currently being collected and printed in a new book due out late this summer. 

From the man himself: 

Official Chris Dingwell Workshop description: 
SUNDAY, July 17th, 12 PM to 12 AM

Always wanted to start painting, but you are "afraid?"
Tried it, but got frustrated and gave up?
Painted for years, but want to try something different?

Whatever your level or experience with painting, this extensive, interactive seminar workshop is for you....

I will be starting with a SHORT but thorough slide show, just to establish some background for my work, and then I will go through the steps of beginning a simple painting of my own from scratch!

I will discuss my process and materials to some extent, but my paintings are not about elaborately involved techniques. ANYONE CAN DO THIS! It's just about pouring your heart into your work and allowing that to be your guide. I will show you briefly how I create my image and layout, then follow with a lot of underpainting, building up to the final result.

Once my painting is off to a good start, it will be YOUR turn.
Everyone in the workshop will be working on a painting from the same reference image that I am, and together we will find lots of different ways to approach the same idea. The remainder of the time will be spent painting together; side by side, discussing our discoveries and hardships along the way. Many of these may be finished that day, but it isn't required.

We will be working with Acrylic paints, but much of what we will be doing can apply to any medium. If you have your own paints and brushes for working in Acrylic, feel free to bring them, but it isn't necessary. If you want to work on an easel, you will need to provide your own!

Otherwise I WILL BE PROVIDING ALL OF THE SUPPLIES; canvases, transfer paper, paints and brushes. Bring your own hands, eyes, ears, and brains.

The seminar will have enough room for between 12 to 15 spots. The seminar will begin at 12 noon, and run all day until 12 midnight. This is an all day extensive hands on seminar. The cost of the seminar is $160, and this includes all materials. A deposit is required to hold your spot, these can be PayPal-ed to 

Seppuku Tattoo does have a limited amount of easels & furniture. Artists are asked to bring any portable easels, folding chairs, artists stools, or travel equipment they have to help facilitate the process. There will be breaks, including a lunch break, but food will not be provided. Seppuku is walking distance from two pizzerias, Chinese, sushi, a diner, a bagel deli, convenience stores, & two Dunkin Donuts. You can call the studio for any other information. 

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142 High St., Suite 401
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Bloomingdale, NJ 07403

Friday, May 27, 2011

May 2011

Konichiwa Seppuku ronin,...

This blog will be short & sweet, as we've just been very busy. It's been an insane winter, our first since we've returned from Savannah,... record snow fall, record cold, & flooding in all the surrounding cities around the studio. We were completely unaffected, & we owe a big thanks to dedicated clients who braved severe weather for our artwork. Also a huge thanks to all the clients who have been traveling from the south to continue to collect work from us. Mille grazie!

Now that we've finally freed ourselves from the arctic thaw,... Below is the current list of events that Seppuku artists will be participating in. Since we've been so busy juggling our schedules, this blog missed the opening of the first event, which is,...

• The Sacrament Art Show, featuring spiritually inspired art & paintings, including work from Seppuku's Matt Lukesh. Opened May 21st at Ryan Hadley's Revolution Tattoo Gallery, 1105 Broadway, Ft. Wayne, IN 46802.

• Both Matt & Johnny will have work featured in the Persistence of Art show, being held at Bullseye Tattoo in Staten Island, NYC. The opening is Friday June 10th at 7PM. "Showcasing original art from some of the world's greatest tattoo artists. Elvin Young, Joe Capobianco, Tom Strom, Boog, Victor Modafferi, Keith Ciaramello, Jason Butcher, Gunnar, David Corden, Vince Villalvazo, Cory Norris, Alvin Chong, John Sweeney, Chris Lowe, Steve Skelly, Liz Manzolini, Nick Caruso, Scottso, Matt Lukesh, Cesar Arroyo, Josh Fields, Tamara Weiss, Gunnar Quispe, Johnny Thief, Jessica Brennan, Jarvis Hinson and many more....!!!" 282 New Dorp Lane, Staten Island, NY. 718-979-4528.

• June 24-26, 2011, Matt Lukesh will be attending the 3rd annual TattooLaPalooza in Miami. He'll be sharing a booth with the maniacally talented Josh Fields of Platinum Rose Tattoo,... The show is at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Miami,... for more information on the convention, & a full list of attending artists & events, check Please contact Matt if you're looking to make an appointment. 

• June 28 - July 2nd,... Johnny Thief will be doing a guest spot at Keith Ciaramello's Kustom Kulture Ink Gallery in Baldwin, NY. Keith will be out of the shop for a few weeks & Johnny will be taking his place alongside the amazing Jared Stromber. Kustom Kulture Gallery & Tattoo's info: 789 Foxhurst Rd. Baldwin, NY 11510. 516.MAD.KOOL (623.5665) • Please contact Johnny if you're looking to get tattooed on Strong Island! 

• The Plane of Existence Art Show at the Platinum Rose Studio & Gallery,... Saturday July 30th, 7PM until midnight. 1725 Blairs Ferry Rd NE Ste 102, Marion, IA 52302. From Josh Field's invite: "I want to reach out to all my talented friends and fellow artist and personally invite you to the July 30th exhibit at the Platinum Rose studio & gallery. Unleash your favorite brushes and create your vision of the plane of existence or the idea of. Please concentrate on doing your project as a landscape or portrait, the sky is the limit though and let your imagination run wild and your feelings flow into your piece. Example may be what you think the afterlife visually may consist of, whom or what beings are a waiting on the other side, evolution of the new world and or the destruction of."

• Hell City Tattoo Festival! August 26-28, Phoenix AZ. Arizona Biltmore 2400 E. Missouri Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85016. Once again Matt & Johnny will be at one of the best conventions in the country surrounded by some of the top peers in the industry. Both artists will alternate between tattooing & painting live on stage as part of Chris Dingwell's Wet Paint Project.

Speaking of Chris Dingwell, Chris will be releasing a new book soon, & has plans on visiting Seppuku when that happens, to teach his painting seminar. We'll let everyone know exact details as they happen. 

The studio will be open during all these events, Jamison Eckert will man the helm in the interim for all your myriad dermagraphic needs. 


Monday, January 31, 2011

2011 Announcements!

Hey kids!

Happy New Year, & hope that your 2011 blows 2010 out of the water. We have been slammed ever since the holidays ended, thanks for everyone's support! We've neglected the blog somewhat, but Matt promises that he'll have updates on his visit to get tattooed by Josh Fields, & his trip to the Richmond Tattoo Convention up here soon. Even though the year is just getting started, we have a few announcements Seppuku Ronin may find interesting.

For starters, Johnny & Matt are in yet another book: 

Cranial Visions is a high quality, hard bound coffee table book published by Memento Publishing that is 8 inches wide by 12 inches tall, all 240 pages are printed in full color, featuring 258 artists with over 800 photos.

Here is a portion of the artists that have art in Cranial Visions...

Jeff Gogue, Shawn Barber, Nick Baxter, Alex Grey, Paolo Acuna, Dave Nestler, Cam De Leon, Jesse Smith, Mike DeVries, Bob Tyrell, Aaron Cain, Nikko Hurtado, Josh Winton, Victor Portugal, Simon Hayag, Alex De Pase, Nick Chaboya, Bez, Jeff Johnson, Volko Merschky, Jeremiah Barba, Jeff Ensminger, Ryan Smith, Julius Motal, Sean Herman, Durb Morrison, Tom Strom, Jeffrey Srsic, Benjamin Moss, Carlos Rojas, Bobby Hollond, Mike Chambers, Chris Dingwell, Juan Salgado, Carlos Torres, Chet Zar, Elvin Youg, Thomas Kynst, Guy Aitchison, Don Mcdonald, Ryan Hadley, Josh Duffy, Aaron Bell, Ray Villafane, Peter Forystek, Nathan Kostechko, Mario Rosenau, Dan Hazelton, Joey "skullmaster" Williams, Cory Norris, Sven Gnida, Craig Driscoll, Christian Perez, Kore Flatmo, Mick Squires, Jodi Fry, Jason Vogt, Bugs, Kari Barba, Spiro Kambitsis, Tim McEvoy, Roman, Will Gonzalez and many more! 

Matt & Johnny have nearly a dozen submissions, pick one up,...

For second, Matt & Johnny will be gone all this weekend for,... 

The Hatter Remains 3rd Reunion of the Mad Hatters Tea Party

Friday, February 4, 2011 - Sunday, February 6, 2011

Best Western Merry Mannor INN, Portland, Maine

Reservations 207 774 6151

Phone: 407 568 9200

From Chris Dingwell's press release:

For the third year in a row, Deanna Lippens is hosting the MAD HATTER REMAINS Tattoo convention; a reunion of the long famous MAD HATTER TEA PARTY tattoo convention. This year the WET PAINT PROJECT will be there. We have several amazing artists lined up already, and more to come! We will be working side by side on original artwork all weekend long, so come out and join us for this amazing and uniq...ue view of the artistic process in action!

Participating artists:
CHRIS DINGWELL- Sanctuary Tattoo, Portland, Maine
CANMAN - Visions Tattoo, Medway, Mass
HOLLY AZARRA - Visions Tattoo, Medway, Mass
MATT LUKESH - Sepukku Tattoo, New Jersey
JOHNNY THIEF - Sepukku Tattoo, New Jersey
TEE JAY DILL - White Tiger Tattoo, Rochester, NY
BEN RIEGEL - Off The Map Tattoo, Easthampton, Mass
CHLOE VANESSA GIROUARD-MARTEL - Off The Map Tattoo, Easthampton, Mass
KELLY JO SHOWS - Kennebunk, Maine

Stay tuned for more artists and more details to come!


It's simple really.
As tattooers, we are first and foremost, artists; and while the work of the tattooer has always been somewhat public, owing to the fact that it must be created directly on the clients living skin, the work of the artist, at least in this modern age, has always been a hidden, more secretive, and very private experience.

The Wet Paint Project intends to shatter that privacy, and expose that secret by providing a stage for artists; both tattooers and otherwise, to perform their work in public. Working side by side, these artists will create their own uniquely personal work in a distinctly public arena, allowing viewers, patrons, colleagues and anyone passing by the chance to watch this process unfold and evolve: the chance to watch art being created right before their very eyes.

With this project, we intend to bring tattoo artists who are serious about their work in other mediums together with eachother as well as with artists from outside the tattooing world. We intend as well to bring these tattooers outside of the world of tattooing, and introduce them to an entirely different audience. We intend to travel beyond our own borders, and to invite artists form all kinds of cultures and countries to participate. The directive is simple; make your own work, and share that process with eachother and with all of us.

It began in Phoenix, Arizona, at the Hell City Tattoo Fest in August of 2010 with twelve artists; each one personally selected to participate. In January of 2011, we will bring the Wet Paint Project to the Surf-N-Ink Tattoo Convention on the Gold Coast of Australia. From there we hope to go to Toronto, Seattle, possibly Berlin. We are also working on creating Wet Paint events at major art galleries in Los Angeles and New York City.

With Talented and highly respected artists like Chet Zar, Nick Baxter, Chris Dingwell, Jesse Smith, Cory Norris, Damon Conklin, and many others, the work to be created from these events will no doubt be phenomenal. Professional photos and DVD interviews and will be collected all along the way and compiled at some later date to document these events.

Jamison Eckert will be at the shop all weekend long to field any requests you may have. 

And finally,... 

The 16th Annual Motor City Tattoo Expo
Feburary 25th - 27th 2011 

Matt Lukesh & Josh Fields ( will be special guest of the 16th Annual Motor City Tattoo Expo.

From the Eternal Tattoo website: 

This year if you haven't already checked out our artists list please do and you will see once again we have brought in the best of the best tattoo artists in the industry. 
Also by clicking on the artists names you will be hyperlinked to their web site so you can view there work and also get a contact number or email address if you would like to contact them to pre book an appointment with them. We also have a special guest artist attending this years convention. Corey Miller formely from LA Ink will be attending and working this years convention so be sure to stop by Corey's booth and check him out. We hope all of you attending our convention  enjoy it and find the right artist you arelooking for and thank all of you for attending and making the Motor City Tattoo Expo  one of the best  tattoo conventions in the USA. Any comments or questions please send to

Hours of Convention
Friday: Noon - 11:00pm
Saturday 11:00AM - 11:00PM
Sunday 11:00AM - 7:00PM

Not a bad way to start off the year. We have a lot of irons in the fire & will announce which of our best laid plans we'd like to include you in on as soon as we are able. Thanks again for your loyal support,... namaste!