In this episode of Sessions, we catch up with Chris Crooks tattooing a Japanese Tiger at the Mondial Du Tatouage.
Owner of the studio White Dragon Tattoo in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Chris Crooks is known for creating full-body works of art deeply influenced by traditional Japanese Irezumi. When we met up with him at the Mondial Du Tatouage, he spoke about how, as a westerner, his work is personal but still connected to Japanese tattooing. He also described the process of working on a large area of skin, allowing for a tattoo to have more details and dynamic energy.
Working with the iconography of Japanese tattoos, Chris Crooks has become highly respected for designing powerful images such as tigers on the attack, nightmarish Hannya’s, robust dragons twisting amongst clouds, as well as bold, bloody Namakubi’s. For this particular piece, Chris Crooks devised a leg sleeve that included an enraged tiger fighting a Japanese warthog. Thrashing in a sea of black and grey waves, chrysanthemum’s gracefully pull this Japanese leg sleeve together.
Although Chris Crooks works with popular imagery, he also makes sure to give some advice to other tattooists when doing such iconic tattoos. His working process isn’t just about high-quality technique, he also brings a top-notch work ethic and thoughtful effort towards his designs. This ensures that his works of art are beautiful epitomes of what can be done within the quintessential world of Japanese tattoos.
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