I specialise in Japanese style tattoos or ‘irezumi’, meaning ‘to insert ink’. The modern style of Japanese tattooing is said to have originate in the Edo period (1603-1868) and is heavily based on Ukiyo-e, a style of woodblock printing that was popularised in this time period by artists such as Hokusai and Kuniyoshi.
Traditional Japanese Tattoos are usually formed around a single large motif, usually either a religious deity, animal, mythical creature or character from folklore. These designs are usually complimented by flowers or leaves and/or background such as clouds or water. Usually the choice of complimentary elements will take into account the seasonal compatibility of the main subject.
Today, Japanese tattoos are popular worldwide and practiced by many artists. I strive to have my own take on this style that respects the traditions it came from.