Happy #TATTUESday everyone! <3
I can’t express how much inspiration I have bubbling inside me for more Japanese-inspired tattoos pleaasseeee!!!!! 😀 From preparing for Japan, prepping my this #TATTUESday blog (I’m learning so much about so many things, btw haha), and having seen a good fill of ukiyo-e at Ronin’s 40 for 40 (you can read that here) I am just oozing inspiration that needs to be harnessed!
That shared, I decided that I would like to harvest a lot of that inspiration for some creative Japanese-inspired #INKPLAY!
If you’re ever interested in connecting for some Japanese-inspired tattoo work with a cool kawaii aesthetic … I’m your girl! Just contact me.
Ahhh~ … Nostalgia
Created between 2009-2011, these pieces are some of my earlier works inspired by various styles and elements found wabori. At that time I was coming out of my tattoo apprenticeship so I segmented a lot of elements I wanted to practice into small pieces requested by clients.
Later, I started attracting clients who had (have) the same love of Asian culture as I do. That led to a great masterpiece with d.i.y-er, Shawnta. This sleeve was a funny start because she also has small roman numerals along her upper shoulder (the first piece we did together) and she decided to return for a fix-up of a small tattoo of a sewing needle on her wrist (if you can spot it in her sleeve, comment here and I will send you some free art!). When Shawnta sat down she said “I don’t want a sleeve or anything”. As adamant as she was, I knew that wasn’t the truth … but if she wanted to believe that, then sure! haha Another consultation, a lot of beers and brainstorming, and maybe 20 hours later (in sessions of course), my first wabori-inspired sleeve was born.
Shawnta was also the first client I got to actively collaborate with, in a way that shape how I interact with my clients today. Thanks for the life lesson Shawnta!!! <3
My second wabori-inspired piece was on this gentleman, skater and clothier, Lindsay.
He has since gotten his entire torso done, donning it with mankineko, foo dogs, and Buddha.
(↑) THAT MELANIN THOUGH!!!!!! *cheese* (↑)
Seriously, my clients are some of the most beautiful people ever. I’m blessed to attract such awesomeness. (I love you guys!!!! <3, <3, <3)
Here are some oldie but bodies as well as new works. You can always see more of my (small but growing haha) Japanese-inspired style portfolio here.
Hopefully we can create something inspired one day! <3
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