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Brisbane Japanese Tattoos

CB Ink has some of Brisbane’s most talented Japanese tattoo artists specialising in this specific style of tattooing. Check out some of their incredible work!

Seen Enough?

You could sit here and look at pictures of tattoos all day long… but if you want ink like this on your skin, at some point you’ll have to pull the trigger!

Brisbane Japanese Tattoo Artists

CB Ink is home to several of Brisbane’s most accomplished Japanese tattoo artists, many of whom are in extremely high demand for the exceptional quality of work they produce.

Feel free to browse through our Japanese tattoo specialists below, and if anyone catches your eye, check out their profile to see more of their work!

Learn More About Japanese Tattoos

Japanese tattoos, or Irezumi, are a timeless art form that embodies a deep cultural heritage and intricate symbolism. These tattoos feature bold lines, vibrant colours, and traditional motifs such as koi fish, dragons, and cherry blossoms. 

What Are Japanese Tattoos?

Japanese tattoos can capture anything from the mythical beauty of dragons and koi fish to the serene elegance of cherry blossoms, all with a focus on intricate details and cultural symbolism. They require a keen eye and skilled hand, making them a testament to the artistry of the tattooist.

Micro Japanese Tattoos

Micro Japanese tattoos scale down the grandeur of traditional Japanese designs into miniature masterpieces. These tiny, detailed artworks often feature elements like cherry blossoms, small dragons, or symbolic kanji, all depicted with phenomenal precision.

Japanese Fine Line Tattoo

They’re perfect for those who appreciate subtlety and detail but may have limited space or prefer a more understated tattoo.

Black & Grey Japanese Tattoos

Black and grey Japanese tattoos use varying shades of black and grey ink to create dramatic, often three-dimensional designs

Thor Tattoo Artist Portrait Realism Japanese Woman Girl Hannya Mask Forearm Tattoo

These tattoos excel in depicting shadows and highlights, adding depth to traditional motifs like dragons, samurai, or Hannya masks without the use of colour.

Colour Japanese Tattoos

Colour Japanese tattoos burst with vibrant hues, bringing traditional images to life with a dynamism that black and grey tattoos can’t achieve.

Rhys Tattoo Artist Japanese Koi Fish Elbow Arm Sleeve Tattoo

Whether it’s the bright scales of a koi fish or the vivid petals of a cherry blossom, these tattoos capture the full spectrum of traditional Japanese art with stunning clarity and vibrancy.

Dark Japanese Tattoos

Dark Japanese tattoos delve into the more mysterious and sombre themes of Japanese folklore and mythology.

Rafael Zanette Tattoo Artist Japanese Hannya Mask Hand Forearm Tattoo

Using deep blacks and meticulous shading, these tattoos often depict oni (demons), yokai (spirits), or other eerie elements, evoking a sense of mystery and power.

Japanese Sleeve Tattoos

Japanese sleeve tattoos are a full-commitment piece, transforming an entire arm or leg into a canvas for storytelling.

Rhys Tattoo Artist Japanese Leg Tiger Tattoo

These sleeves weave together multiple traditional elements into a cohesive narrative, from intricate dragons and phoenixes to serene landscapes and waves, creating a flowing and harmonious piece.

Japanese Realism Tattoos

Japanese realism tattoos merge traditional Japanese themes with a hyper-detailed and lifelike approach

CJ Tattoo Artist Realism Japanese Geisha Tattoo

These tattoos respect the rich history of Japanese art while infusing it with a modern twist, making each piece both timeless and contemporary.

Hyper Japanese Tattoos

Hyper Japanese tattoos push the boundaries of traditional Japanese art, creating designs that are so lifelike they seem to leap off the skin.

Corey Tattoo Artist Realism Japanese Samurai Helmet Arm Tattoo

From the texture of a dragon’s scales to the intricate details of a samurai’s armour, these tattoos demand a second look and showcase the tattoo artist’s exceptional skill and attention to detail.

Ready For Some New Ink?

Book an appointment today and one of our super talented Japanese tattoo artists will soon be creating a masterpiece on your skin!

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions About Japanese Tattoos?

We’ve done our best to clarify everything below, but don’t hesitate to flick us a message if you need some more information!

Why are Japanese tattoos considered difficult to execute?

Japanese tattoos are challenging because they require the artist to master intricate designs and cultural motifs with precision. This style demands a high level of skill in composition, colour blending, and line work to achieve the traditional look and feel. The artist must also have a deep understanding of Japanese symbolism and art to accurately represent the subjects. Choosing an experienced and talented tattoo artist is essential to ensure the best results for this complex and culturally rich tattoo style.

How long does a Japanese tattoo session last?

The duration of a Japanese tattoo session can vary widely depending on the complexity and size of the design. Smaller pieces might take a few hours, while larger, more intricate designs such as sleeves or back pieces could require multiple sessions over several weeks or months.

Are Japanese tattoos more painful than other styles?

Pain levels depend more on the placement of the tattoo and your personal pain tolerance. However, Japanese tattoos often involve extensive line work and shading, which might extend the tattooing time and, consequently, the discomfort.

How do I care for my Japanese tattoo during healing?

Proper aftercare is essential to preserve the details and colours of your Japanese tattoo. This includes keeping the tattoo clean and moisturised, avoiding sun exposure, and following the specific aftercare instructions provided by your tattoo artist. Using a good quality tattoo aftercare product can help maintain the vibrancy and clarity of the tattoo.

Can Japanese tattoos fade over time?

Like all tattoos, Japanese tattoos can fade, particularly if exposed to the sun frequently or if not cared for properly. Using sunscreen and regular moisturising can help maintain the vividness of the tattoo’s colours and details over time.

How much do Japanese tattoos cost?

Japanese tattoos generally cost more than simpler designs due to the level of detail and the time required to complete them. Prices can vary significantly based on the artist’s expertise and the complexity of the design. Investing in a skilled artist is crucial to achieving the best results and a tattoo that stands the test of time. For more information, check out our helpful tattoo prices guide. 

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