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On March 27th, 2019 tattoo artist Yoji Harada passed away at the age of 46. Harada was born on August 6th, 1972 in Tokyo, Japan. Later on, Harada moved to Chicago and in 1998, he set off to New York City to pursue a career as a musician. Harada performed in the punk band 'Big Deal,' before relocating to Miami to be apprenticed by Ami James. 


Harada and James went on to star in the television show Miami Ink, which followed the shop Love-Hate Tattoos. On the show, audiences watched Harada go from an apprentice to a full-time tattoo artist. Up until his death, Harada continued to tattoo and play music in Miami, Florida.


The cause of Harada's death is currently unknown and we're still waiting for social media responses from his Miami Ink castmates. Stay tuned for updates on this story and share your thoughts in the comments section.