Touching the influential Suikoden in this episode of Sessions, Koji Ichimaru talks about Japanese tattoos.
Known for his work creating large transformational Japanese tattoos, Koji Ichimaru is an artist who brings ancient techniques and iconography into the contemporary. In this episode of Sessions, Koji talks about how he first became enthralled with Irezumi when he was a kid. In Kyushu, where Koji was born, there are many traditional artists who concentrated on Japanese tattoos. Viewing these people as his teachers and mentors, Koji Ichimaru began to learn how to develop his skills. Over time, he also refined his artistic voice and now creates tattoos that take inspiration from a variety of areas, including famed novels like Water Margin, or Suikoden, and American baseball.
Although Koji Ichimaru’s work is definitely founded on important Irezumi techniques, the special quality of his work is how he has evolved it into something that completely illustrates his personal artistic voice. Bold, beautiful, and technically astounding, his full body pieces, as with the back tattoo he did within this video, are collectible works of art that fans of Koji’s travel far and wide to receive. But it’s not only primal and pop culture that inspires his tattoos; Koji Ichimaru also makes a point of working with his client to build a Japanese tattoo that fits with their personality and body. Most of the time Koji works freehand and comes up with an idea on the spot, making his tattoos not only stunning but unique to almost every single person who collects one of his pieces.
Tattoodo loves to support high-quality tattooers who are constantly evolving their craft, but we also deeply appreciate tattooists who find ways to make their own creative voice blend with a unique tattoo experience for their client. Tattoos are one of the ultimate forms of collaboration; it’s an incredible thing when a fine work of art can be made from such an experiential moment.
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