Gordon Claus a.k.a. Gouboku 1st has been interested in tattooing since 1989. He started as an intense collector and has tattoos from more than 100 tattooers. He made his first tattoo in 1992 and has been tattooing  full time since 1998. He loves to travel to learn more about his passion. Here and there he visits some selected conventions and friends in their shops all around the globe.


Horikoi 1st/Toyohashi Family Member.

Gordon Claus/GOUBOKU1st  初代 剛墨 has started to study Japanese Tattooing years ago. To survive outside of Japan in the world of tattooing is only possible with huge passion and extreme devotion. Society constantly gets manipulated through growing media and changing trends, consuming new things, but exactly that will be the decline of tattooing. One can quickly get lost in this world of consume without ideals and passion. In the course of this, Gordon thought to withdraw himself from public: No media, no big window on a main street, only selected conventions, only contact to a few tattooers, no ego, greed or envy. More being in the element of tattooing with the people who find him.

Taking oneself back is a good way of self-cleansing.

Gordon’s success: He measures his success on how happy he is. He has never been happier than NOW!


“Men are born different to one another, but he who constantly strives to be someone can become a real person.” –Japanese saying

Gordon’s wouzld like to excuse himself for retracting himself after 25 years of street shop tattooing. It was time for something very new. A rebuilt doctor‘s office gives him the possibility to deal with his customers without interruption.

“On your appointment it‘s only you who counts.”

With the new concept, Gordon finds more peace and constancy. You can see that change in his work!

“Only when I‘m good to myself, I can pass a good feeling to my customers and make a great experience out of your appointment. That‘s why I criticize myself and my work to create something outstanding for you. A place where I can be myself and you can let go.”


There‘s always movement in Gordon’s schedule: new appointments, shifting and cancelations. He would be happy to help you, so take some time and come in to check out personally. Usually Gordon is there on Wednesdays from 4-7 p.m. If you come from further away please get in touch with him upfront.

The photos presented on this homepage are examples of Gordon’s work. They show what you can expect when you get a tattoo from him.

Thank you for your interest

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