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There’s nothing like a little sado-masochism to start off your week right! Looking to go under the needle? Sweet! I got it covered here in Tokyo. Check out these rad tattoo artists:
Tokyo’s Top Tattoo Artists
Despite the apparent negative correlation between tattoos and organized crime in Japan (read about that here), I made the executive decision to go under the needle this winter. I’m starting to put together a side piece stitched together from artists all over the world, and decided to start here in Tokyo. Cheers to the pain, y’all! After extensive research into the history of tattooing here in Japan, I contacted many different tattoo artists before finally deciding on my personal favorite to tat’ me up! Here are my findings in case anyone else is looking to get work done here in Tokyo. There are so many artists to choose from, it can be quite overwhelming to figure out where to start.
They have tons of artists to choose from, and 2 locations- one in Tokyo and one in Osaka. Probably one of the coolest things about this studio is they have American tattoo artists that work back and forth between the West Coast and Tokyo (Adriann Lee). The only reason I didn’t go with this studio is because I was really interested in getting artwork done by someone that wasn’t accessible in the states.
This is the artist I actually decided on, finally. En is extremely professional, lightning-fast, and has a fantastic eye for color!! His studio is just as professional as he is. When you first enter the building, it smells sweetly of incense, and is filled with vintage style furniture to relax on while he sketches out the artwork you are commissioning him for. Mr. En-san is the only one that works out of the studio in Tabata. I highly recommend his work. Check out the tattoo he designed and colored for me at the bottom of this post!
I really enjoyed Haruka’s portfolio. Haruka has many different styles, including watercolor and ‘chic’ type tattoos on the gallery.
If you are feeling especially brave and want an authentic tattoo, you can still get a piece of hand-tapped art from Ryu-san. I’m going to go ahead and admit that the idea of a more painful tattoo already turned me off to this studio. I was scared….go ahead, judge me. Ryugendo is not cheap, but up-front about the length of time required to get a truly unique piece of art. Some of his tattoos require over 30 hours of work!
Some of the most beautiful color-only tattoos in Tokyo are at this studio. Check out Kei-san’s portfolio to see his lion tattoos and the sweet sleeves he has designed.
A look at my finished product:
Have you gotten any work done in Japan? What are you experiences? Who did you get your tattoo from? Comment below and let me know what you think!
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