Neyagawa City , Osaka
What year did you start tattooing?
Around 1993. I was a band member in Hyogo. I moved to Osaka to join a different band. I saw the tattoos on my friends there, and I wanted to have them on me too.
How did you get into tattooing?
While I was still in the band, I started tattooing. I bought a tattoo machine and I tattooed my friend.
Where did you apprentice?
I was just tattooing on my own, and then I met Horitsune II. I started going to his studio, and I went to his studio every day for six years. We became friends and I saw how he worked. It wasn’t like I learned specific techniques, but I leaned his personality and his attitude toward tattooing. It was very interesting to see his attitude for his work.
Do you have any special training?
I don’t do anything special, but I keep the life-enriching relationship with Horitsune II.
What conventions have you worked at? Have you won any awards? What are some of your best convention memories?
The first convention that I attended was in New York. After that I attended several conventions in the U.S. I also have been to conventions in Germany and Austria. At the first convention that I attended, I got the tattoo of the day award. I got some awards at other conventions too, but I can’t remember. My best memory from every convention is always the same: meeting with other tattoo artists.
How do you describe your style?
In short, Japanese style. Nothing new or special.
What inspires you as an artist?
Every day I work with my clients, and they inspire me the most. I don’t have days off, so when I have opportunities to go abroad, I get inspirations from everything I see.
What sets you apart from other artists?
I have an orderly lifestyle. I get up every day at the same time; I work at the same time. Many of the artists that I have met do not have a regular lifestyle like mine.
What other mediums do you work in?
I have always worked on my clients’ artworks.
How have you branched out from tattooing?
I just always tattoo on my clients. If there is something interesting [in a tattoo], I would love to try it.
What tattoo artists do you admire most?
If I had to name one, it would be Horitsune II. I admire the work of other artists too.
What kind of tattoos do you most look forward to doing?
I always design according to my client’s order. I look forward to doing every tattoo with great quality, with my best effort, and I would like to continue to do my best job.
Before someone gets a tattoo what advice do you give them?
I do not give much advice about the design, as I do what customers want.
Is there a tattoo that you haven’t done yet that you are dying to do?
Like I said, I design according to my clients.