How did you become interested in tattoos?

I don’t remember, really. Maybe it was when I was kid and I saw a yakuza with a Japanese full-body tattoo.

What or who is the main influence behind your work?

There are many things that influence me. Mostly it comes from nature.

Your style is unique. How did it develop?

I don’t want to do the same tattoos every day; I’m just always thinking about how to create something new.

How do you decide where to place your tattoos on clients’ bodies?

I like to use the movements and curves of the body, and by doing that I can make my clients’ bodies more beautiful and stylish.

Do a lot of international clients travel to Japan to get tattooed by you?

Yes, a lot! Sometimes they stay for a month to get a big piece. I’m so appreciative of that. I’m a very lucky man.

Do you think tattoos still carry a stigma in Japan?

I think it’s getting better, but it’s still not widely accepted like in the U.S. and Europe. I’m based in a crazy country!

What’s the scene like in Kyoto?

It’s not as big as Tokyo and Osaka. But Kyoto is the city that best represents Japan’s cultural and historical heart.



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