Japanese tattoos are also called ‘irezumi’, which means ‘inserting ink’. It’s the Japanese word for tattooing. This style is distinct and unique, especially after centuries of perfecting the art.
Traditional irezumi is done by hand, using wooden handles and metal needles. You need a special ink for this. The process is painful and demands a lot of time, and is only done by a handful of specialists. These are called ‘horishi’.
Our artists use regular machines to place these tattoos.
The subjects are often animals, flowers, or Japanese figures. Often times, the animals or people displayed are associated with strength, courage and protection, like lions and tigers. Koi are also portrayed often, considering they carry the meaning of luck or success.