Frog and Toad Tattoos:

Frog and Toad are two characters of a series of illustrated short stories written by author Arnold Lobel in the 1970’s, that were also made into short claymation animation pieces in the 80’s.

By Sidney Thoreson
By Amber Howe

The stories are meant to teach children to be kind, and were also the beginnings of Arnold coming out as gay. He described frog and toad as two aspects of himself, and his daughter described the pair as of the same sex that love each other.

By Sara Taylor at Arsenal Ink
By Kiki Kono at Great Whale Tattoo

There are four books, each containing five wholesome short stories that are simple, humorous, and full of teachable moments.

By Ryan Bray
By Knotted Sword Tattoo

Frog is tall, green, cheery, and relaxed; while toad is short, squat, light brown, and while still friendly, is the more serious and pragmatic of the two.

By Julia Seizure at Divine Ink Devon
By Mark Bennett at Tough Luck Delaware

For many these two were a favourite couple growing up, and getting them as tattoos can be a callback to childhood and simpler times. As a tattoo, they are largely drawn quite similarly to their illustrated selves, meaning simple designs, colours, and textures.

By Ian Powers at Powers Tattoo Company
By Julia Hayes at Moonrise Tattoo

what is your favourite Frog and Toad story?

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Artist of the month: Josh Sutterby

Banjo frog playing a tune.
Geisha and umbrella.

Josh is an artist specializing in American traditional style tattoos, working out of Love Tattoo Parlour in Melbourne Australia.

Classic dragon
Spiderweb belly button filler.

Josh bases his designs on classic old school art, with a focus on American traditional work. He also creates tattoos with a Japanese influence, done in American traditional style.

Battle Royale back piece.
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Based on Japanese classic, Kintarō wrestling the carp.

Currently (April 2020) Josh (and the rest of the world) is not tattooing, but you can commission paintings by him by sending a DM on Instagram

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American traditional flowers done up in a vase.
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A classic chest ship.

If you’re a fan of old school classics and want your own piece from Josh, whether you live in the Melbourne area or are stopping in on a trip, make sure to set up an appointment with Josh.

A sad hobo clown.
Sweet heart love tattoo.

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Japanese Frog Tattoos:

Frogs are a common subject in Japanese irezumi. These frogs are often seen holding leaves, instruments, food, or other household items. They are also often dressed as samurai; katana and all.

Alex Henderson Speakeasy Tattoo
Frog with its own irezumi, wielding a meat cleaver. Done by Alex Henderson at Speakeasy Tattoo.
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Another frog by Alex Henderson, directly influenced by Kyôsai.
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A neo Japanese piece done by Henbohenning.
Kye Wolff Blacktide Tattoo :: Melbourne :: Australia
Bright frog done by Kye Wolff at Black Tide Tattoo in Melbourne, Australia.
Pino Cafaro
Bright buddhist frog done by Pino Cafaro.

These frogs are largely based off of woodblock prints painted by Kawanabe Kyôsai. Kyôsai painted a number of frogs, but his most famous piece is called “Fashionable Battle of Frogs (Fûryû kaeru ôgassen no zu)”.

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Fashionable Battle of Frogs (Fûryû kaeru ôgassen no zu)
AMBER SCHADE Melbourne Australia
Cute frog munching on some ramen. Done by Amber Schade in Melbourne, Australia.
Hide Ichibay Three Tides Tattoo in Tokyo Japan
Frog playing a Japanese shamisen done by Hide Ichibay at Three Tides Tattoo in Tokyo.
Lance St. Vincent Horisumi Tattoo Family. Authentink Tattoo Studio, Sydney
Green frog done by Lance at Authentink Tattoo Studio, Sydney, Australia.
Thomaz Fernando
Bold blackwork frog with its own chrysanthemum tattoo, done by Thomaz Fernando.
Tien Tien 天天 Taiwan
Frog dumping out a jar filled with koi fish done by Tien Tien done in Taiwan.

These frogs are mainly done in a traditional Japanese style, though they can also be done as more American traditional, or neo traditional.

Buda tatuagens Araraquara - São Paulo - Brasi
A brighter frog done by Buda tatuagens Araraquara in São Paulo, Brasil.

They are usually done with full colour, with a similar colour palette to the paintings.

CAIO PIÑEIRO Tattooer since 2003 🇬🇧 SANG BLEU TATTOO LONDON
Bold dancing frog with Japanese fan done by Caio Piñeiro, at Sang Bleu Tattoo in London.
Horimatsu
Angry looking samurai frog done by Horimatsu.
Makoto 🇯🇵Kitakyushu Fukuoka Japan
Dark ninja frog done by Makoto in Fukuoka, Japan.

Some of these frogs even have their own irezumi. Usually flower designs that are simple for the artist to make small.

Fabio Platino Tattoo artist in the city of Naples
Frog ready to do battle, featuring its own hannya tattoo. Done by Fabio Platino in Naples.
Ganji Three Tides Tattoo in Tokyo Japan
Dark monster-like frogs done by Ganji at Three Tides Tattoo in Tokyo.
Jade Rebel Waltz Tattoo
Kyôsai’s frog done by Jade Harper at Rebel Waltz Tattoo in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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Samurai frog in full clothing done by Nick Maurypovich at Five Fathoms Tattoo in Vernon BC.
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Samurai frog head also done by Nick in BC.
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A third tall and gangly frog samurai done by Nick.

Which is your favourite?

Artist of the Month: Dust “Horitsuki” Wu

Horitsuki is a tattoo artist and owner of Galaxy Tattoo 3 in Hong Kong. He studied under Nicckuhori, the god son of the brilliant Horiyoshi III, in Singapore before finding his own style within Japanese traditional art, despite working in China.

He has gained recognition throughout Asia and Europe, travelling as a guest artist. He does all the classic Japanese designs such as hanya masks, snakes, koi fish, fu dogs, and flowers. However it is dragons that he is most famous for. He is nicknamed the Dragon King in Europe.

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Fu dog hand piece.
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Brilliant Hanya with a bold placement.
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Colourful chrysanthemum.
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Ghost lantern.
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Koi and cherry blossom sleeve.
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Koi and cat piece.
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Matching foot namakubi.
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Beautiful, bloody namakubi.
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Bold red Oni.
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Traditional smoking frog.
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Beautifully detailed Japanese tiger.
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Angry dragon head.
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Dragon head and claw.
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Dragon chest piece coming off of a sleeve.
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Gorgeous dragon back piece with flowers.

Horitsuki is the guy to see if you’re in Hong Kong.