MUSOTOKU is an ancient Japanese word that means “gain is not my driver”.
The urge to do generous work without worrying about what the profit will be is the essence of MUSOTOKU meaning. When you are immersed into that state of absolute creation you feel limitless and everything flows.
Everyone’s got a childhood hero, the one that inspires you and guides you through those initial years. My childhood hero was Data from the movie “The Goonies”. He was a supporting character that played the nerdy inventor boy. He was smart, funny, and humble, and he was also amazing at saving the day for his friends.
I think that I connected with him so rapidly because a few years before I realized that I wanted to be an inventor.
When I was only 6 years old my parents sent me to my first summer camp. I was terrified because I was the smallest kid among a couple of hundreds and I hadn’t a clue of how I was going to survive that challenge not knowing anybody. To my surprise, it turned out that from the very first day I became the official technician of the summer camp. I owe it to my dad, that before I left he taught me how flashlights worked. Because I was the only one that knew how to fix them, everybody came to me for help. Believe me, those 80’s flashlights were horrible indeed, and everybody was having an issue. Thanks, Dad!
I’m fully grown now and it could be said that I made the dreams of my childhood come true. My North has been clear since then, so I became an electronic engineer and joined some of the most incredible and iconic engineering companies in the world and working for aircraft, satellites, and high-speed trains. I’m happy to have always been surrounded by great minds to learn from, but in a certain sense, I felt that my hero Data, would have gone further than that.
It was March 2007 and I had already finished building my first MUSOTOKU power supply. Although I was certainly proud of the result, I didn’t know that it would be used by thousands of tattoo artists. I showed the prototype to my friend Hector for feedback. He was very involved in industrial design, but it also happened that Hector had worked as studio manager for many years, so after he saw it, he took me at once to the tattoo parlor of a close friend to convince me that I had to adapt the prototype for tattoo machines. Everything from there turned into the snowball effect: I met some people in the industry, went to some tattoo studios, and a couple of months later I was in the Barcelona International Tattoo Convention attending the show in a shared booth with another machine builder. I was there, standing by my power supplies, eyes wide open, learning from my seasoned neighbour, and eager to talk to the artists passing by. Then, a young French guy and his girlfriend stopped by my booth and after an animated talk, they decided to buy the first MUSOTOKU power supply ever. That was a special moment for me. Although my heartbeat could be heard at 10 feet away, I was trying hard to look professional and used to the routine of sales. And in parallel to all that faked control my head kept saying “it’s happening, it’s happening!” It was very emotional for me, and still today I struggle to keep my nerves when I talk about it.
Although I had followed my passion for building things since I was a child, I see now that I had always played it safe, following an earthed path. I had never dared to fly, because I had lived in fear. But from that moment in Barcelona, I could free myself and feel again alive and adventurous, like a child.
I kept that first money in my pocket and didn’t touch it until I got home. Then, I stuck it in a special red box with a funny label that says: “GOONIES”, and I carefully put it inside my drawer. I have never spent those magic papers that helped me to believe that I could fly. Sometimes, when I open the drawer to search for something and my eyes bump into the the little red box, I can’t help thinking about a little boy fixing flashlights and somehow I feel that everything makes sense, and that everything has finally worked out because I’ve been true to what I love the most.
MUSOTOKU® is a tattooing product and accessory manufacturer with a keen focus on long lasting, high performing products.
An artisan process
We make our beautiful products with care and intention. They have been designed by engineers that love what they do, and it has been built in the old way: one by one by hand with patience and attention.
We assembly everything ourselves in our workshop in Madrid. We work with local suppliers for the mechanics, the parts, and the electronics. We know that by doing this we are supporting the local businesses and we are also able to control all our manufacturing processes ourselves.
“We assembly everything ourselves in our workshop in Madrid.”
All assembled with care.
He’s like a happy gorilla when he’s going to conventions or when he’s locked in the laboratory.
Quiet, smart and with a touch of good taste for his numerous skills. He loves bonsais.
Supervisor, fulfilment responsible, and more. She’s perfect.
You will also find him, streaming in a Twitch or as a summer camp leader.
Filmaker and storyteller. Sergio loves Woody Allen movies and travelling in a camper.
He’s building his rapper career after work.
Our new addition to the production team. He’s a seasoned boxer, but Robert also enjoys as much a good book in his spare time.