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Neo-Japanese tattoos take everything that make traditional Japanese tattoos so appealing and adds in a contemporary American style.
  • Vibrant colour palette
  • Extensive use of black
  • Highly detailed designs
  • Complex patterns or symbols

While traditional Japanese tattoos tend to incorporate muted colors, extensive linework and flat 2D designs, Neo-Japanese ramps things up by introducing elements of realism, 3D effects and more saturated tones throughout.

The subject matter remains the same, with many designs showcasing koi carps, dragons, geishas or kabuki masks, but neo-Japanese will add in gradient shading and other modern effects to bring the style more in line with common American tattoos.

Neo-Japanese tattoos still flaunt the incredible detail and skill that Japanese tattoos are known for, but adds an extra layer of depth and artistry to the proceedings.

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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.

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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!

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