Imani K. Brown is an international tattoo artist and an illustrator living in Washington, DC. In her over 10 years of working in the industry Imani has taken time to become a well-rounded tattoo artist, proficient in a number of styles. Now she is in charge of her dream creative studio and kawaii culture hub, devoted to put to good use her achievements by encouraging other urban community youth, like herself, to follow their creative dreams and passions.

To reach these goals, Imani and business partner, Terra V. Cooke have co-founded DC’s local kawaii community, DC Kawaii Style as well as a youth outreach program: “Kawaii in da Hood”.

At this intersection in her career, Imani’s goal is to show the world the power of tattoo artistry as a visual art and form of healing. Welcoming all styles but specializing in Japanese inspired and fine-line work for every type of skin. Her creative space is known as Little INKPLAY Shop (小ちゃなインクプレ店).

Aside from tattooing,  Imani is now exploring her own “Kawaii empowerment”, Little INKPLAY Shop (小ちゃな インクプレ店). Will have open doors, welcoming others to meet-up and explore their artistic voice, creativity, and self-love.

What is Little INKPLAY Shop?

An empowering creative atelier and Kawaii Culture hub. Inspired by values of the Kawaii and Japanese Culture “LIPS” is a place that seeks to encourage body positive awareness, creativity, and help grow Washington’s DC’s kawaii culture, through art.

While learning about the Japanese influence in tattoo culture and other areas of art, people will be able to explore their artistic voice and creativity while getting to know fellow community members, new friends and self-body love.

Due to complimenting interests and goals, “LIPS” is housed in SCETA Japan Center, alongside Japanese educator, Chika Sugiyama and the Learn Japan classroom. Both co-owners are dedicated to celebrating and sharing the enriching Japanese influence in Western society and the arts, overall.

Mission Statement: “Everyone has the opportunity to make a better life, but not everyone knows how to. For those who happen to know, help those who don’t.”

kawaii: “lovable”, “cute”, or “adorable” is the quality of cuteness in the context of Japanese culture. It has become a prominent aspect of Japanese popular culture, entertainment, clothing, food, toys, personal appearance, behavior, and mannerisms. –

About I.P. Brand Ink & Art:
I.P. Brand (イッピーブランド) is a multifaceted kawaii tattoo lifestyle brand focused on empowerment through art.

Our brand offers original art & art commissions, Kawaii street wear & accessories, tattoo design services and consultation, as well as actual tattoos.

Aside from tattooing, artist Imani K. Brown creates kawaii-style illustrations and art installations to engage people and introduce the idea of “Kawaii”.

The brand has been fully active for 4 years and always seeks to offer art for all ages, cultures and genres.

International Showcase:

Design Festa Vol. 42 – Tokyo, Japan (2015)

Design Festa Vol. 43 – Tokyo, Japan (2016) Guest Work:

  •   TNS Tattoo, Osaka Japan
  •   Genie Tattoo, Tokyo Japan
  •   Heavy Weight Tattoo, Tokyo Japan

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