Horisumi Irezumi

Horisumi Biography

Horisumi began his path into tattooing in 1986 and devoted himself to the craft in 1993 getting his start with ‘Crazy Ace’ Daniels in Toronto, Canada. Working professionally across North America and Europe for more than a decade and a half plying his trade and learning from many leading tattoo masters across the world before settling in Australia. He still studies his craft every day and enjoys being the perpetual student and a mentor to younger tattoo artists. Horisumi has ongoing studies in Japan with a Tebori master and visits frequently to immerse himself in the Japanese culture. Coming from a Canadian background and having lived in Europe for many years his inclination for travelling the world and seeking ‘more’ came very naturally and in doing so he has worked with and learned from some of the best tattoo artists living today at some of the finest tattoo shops around the globe.

Horisumi focuses on and specialises in Traditional Japanese Style tattooing (Wabori), with his desire being to create Japanese bodysuits i.e: large works such as full back, sleeve, ribs, chest and legs all joined together using seasonal and natural elements. He very much prefers starting with a full backpiece and building the bodysuit from that. That said, he does enjoy all Japanese tattooing and is more than happy to do a 1/2 sleeve with chest plate as a starter piece if that is what you are after! Horisumi loves it all so please don’t hesitate to contact him with your design ideas when you are ready to commit or just want to get some information!

He uses tattoo machines to make outlines only, and for his background shading and colours he works solely by the traditional hand poke method which causes much less pain than tattoo machines, produces brighter colours, less bleeding, less skin trauma and a much faster healing process. Tebori style also creates a very unique look to the tattoo when healed as compared to machine work, the hues and tones of the inks are much more rich and saturated in the skin and the tattoo looks definitively alive. There are only a handful of tattoo artists worldwide that can create beautiful and authentic tattoos in this way and most of them are based in Japan.




Horisumi began his path into tattooing in 1986 whilst learning on his own and getting tattooed, he devoted himself to the craft in 1993 by getting his start with 'Crazy Ace' Daniels in Toronto, Canada. Working professionally across North America, Europe an Asia for more than a decade and a half plying his trade and learning from many leading tattoo masters across the world before settling in Australia to open his own studio.

Authent/Ink Studio

When Authentink Studio was founded in 2013 it was the culmination of more than two decades of hard work, world travel/study, discipline and perseverance by its founder Horisumi - Kian Forreal, It has since become one of Australia’s most respected and highly rated Japanese Style Tattoo Studios located in the heart of Surry Hills Sydney.


Horisumi tattoos every day the studio is open and enjoys being the perpetual student of Japanese tattooing and also a mentor to younger aspiring tattoo artists. He has devoted himself to drawing all of his designs directly onto the skin and tattooing all of his work by hand and is constantly striving for perfection with his work.

Design drawn directly to skin

If and when possible Horisumi can freehand draw the entire design on the skin with a brush pen so that it contours and fits exactly to the body and is perfectly unique and authentic to each person whether it is a small flower or an entire backpiece.  A version of the design is always drawn on paper first for reference and client approval.


Tattoo Masters

Inspired by the greatest

The name ‘Horisumi’ was bestowed to Kian Forreal by Japans most famous Irezumi Tattoo Master and prolific artist, Horiyoshi III in 2013.

Horisumi is greatly indebted to all the great tattoo artists, craftsmen and painters, living and deceased, whose shoulders he stands on and is continually inspired by on daily basis; foremost is Horikashi his tattoo brother and mentor, master tattoo artist, master craftsman and master painter, he is a legend in the making! The living legend himself Gifu Horihide whom without whose efforts Japanese tattooing may have taken decades longer to reach the west. His good friend Asakusa Horikazu for staying true to the life and being a shining example of what real Japanese tattooing is based on, Horiyoshi III for his constant drive and perseverance and creativity, Horikitsune for being a great friend to him and a source of support and inspiration, Horitoshi (Family) for being as Traditional and real as it gets, and many others that are too many to mention each by name.

If anything, his work is a tribute to them.


When Horisumi is not drawing, painting, designing or tattooing he also frequently writes for tattoo magazines on current affairs, tattoo culture and tattoo history as well as opinion editorials. Another passion of his aside from art and tattooing is researching Japanese tattoo culture and he regularly gives lectures and seminars on Japanese tattoo art, history and culture and does public tattoo demonstrations to educate the public. Horisumi has presented at the prestigious Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Japan Foundation in Sydney and at the Newcastle Museum of Art as well as many renowned tattoo conventions.