Tattoo Lists

10 Japanese Tattoo Artists You Need To Follow

Japanese tattooing is a well respected art. A rich history filled many influences, nuances in culture, and generations of talent have produced some some extremely notable works of art. Japanese tattooing is a staple worldwide, so we wanted to share our list of Japanese tattoo artists that you need to follow. Right now.

This list only includes 10 individuals, so we also want to acknowledge a huge grouping of talented Japanese tattoo artists before we begin: Arran Burton, Dave Blows, Yushi Tattoo, Koji Ichimaru, Kokura Horimatso, Senju Horimatsu, Miyazo and many more.

Here are 10 japanese tattoo artists you need to follow:


Horiyoshi III

Horiyoshi is an Irezumi master based in Yokohama. To make this list without him would simply be unfair.



A devout student of Irezumi and the zen spirit, Horikitsune is dedicated to a life work that is balanced with traditional Japanese ideologies.


Horiyen (Jess Yen)

Another veteran of the Japanese tattoo scene with an unmatchable style. Jess is also a big advocate in the tattoo community, acting as the founder of My Tattoo.


Chris O’Donnell – Kings Avenue Tattoo

Chris O’Donnell works at the notable Kings Avenue Tattoo in NYC as well his private studio just north of the city. He owns a beautiful style that is well known and respected within the revered NYC tattoo culture. Read our profile on Kings Avenue Tattoo right here.



Horichrio – Super Ultra Great Ink

Horichrio’s page is filled with beautiful bodysuits and traditional works of art. Horichiro works at Super Ultra Great Ink in Ilsan, Korea.


Horiei Shinshu – Heaven Artwork

Horiei has only been tattooing professionally since 2006, but his breathtaking imagery speaks for itself. Horiei works at Heaven Artwork in Matsumoto City, Nagano.


Shige Iwasaki – Yellow Blaze Tattoo

It’s hard not to love anything produced by Shige. Originally a Harley‐Davidson mechanic in Yokohama, Shige taught himself how to tattoo in 1995 and pursues an original Japanese Style with traditional Japanese influences.



Nicckuhori – Galaxy Tattoo

The owner of Galaxy Tattoo in Singapore, Nic has been tattooing since 1998 and is quickly gaining mass respect in the Japanese tattoo community.


Tomo Ikarashi – Silk Needle Tattoo

One of our favorite accounts to follow. Tomo previously worked at the great Yellow Blaze Tattoo, and is now the proud owner of Silk Needle Tattoo in Nagaoka-city, Niigata, Japan.



Tristen Zheng – Chronic Ink

We’ve featured Tristen before (as one of  the best tattoo artists in Toronto) and his work definitely deserves another inclusion as one of our favorite Japanese tattoo artists. Read our shop profile on Chronic Ink right here.


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