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There are few styles out there which require the skill, artistry and precision of Japanese tattoos.

  • Extensive linework
  • Packed areas of colour
  • Japanese and East Asian imagery (flowers, carps, masks)
  • Highly detailed
  • 2D design

The Japanese style is steeped in rich history which dates back centuries, as they were once used to dictate wealth, social status and spirituality of the Japanese people. The iconic imagery represented in the ancient Japanese style is still present in modern tattoos, with many designs incorporating fierce creatures, koi carps, kabuki masks, flowers, cherry blossom trees and Geishas.

The Japanese style is prominent for its extensive linework and heavy areas of packed color with only minimal skin breaks in between. It’s a highly complex style, but when pulled off correctly, Japanese tattoos are some of the most strikingly beautiful out there.

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We are devoted to everyone having a great tattoo experience. Visit our Ultimate Guide to Getting a Tattoo or our Style Guide for more information on different styles. It all starts with a good idea and the right artists. If you have an idea but not sure on how to make it a reality, please let us know and we’ll do our best to hook you up with the right artist in your area.

How does it work


Browse and discover shops and artists in your area, look through their portfolio, check the reviews, make sure you pick the right place for your next tattoo. Good research is where it all starts, and Inkably makes it so easy!


With a little help from our guided contact form, reach out to desired shops. Upload design references and ideas, personalize the request… On Inkably it’s really simple to communicate with multiple shops from one place. Super convenient!

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After sending your request, you’ll hear back from the shop of your choice to arrange a consultation and soon you are on your way to get a new tattoo. It is that easy!

Make sure you read our Guide to getting a tattoo.

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