Japan-Based Tattooer Gakkin Creates Beautiful Body Suits

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Once dreaming of becoming a fashion designer, Gakkin simply got bored of fashion school and preferred hanging out at local tattoo shops. Fast forward almost two decades later, he is revered in the international tattoo scene for his freehand color and black works. The latter being the focus of this feature and showing us he’s a 21st-century artist wanting to innovate traditional Japanese tattooing and imagery, yet also respecting history and sometimes even following established rules—“you don’t want to put momiji and sakura in the same drawing,” he writes.

Full sleeves, body suits, and even background fills for Guy Le Tatooer are expertly inked in black by Gakkin, who cleverly utilizes negative spaces in his designs.

Above: A collaborative tattoo by Gakkin and Kenji Alucky.
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Image 1 – 3, tattoo by Kenji Alucky and Gakkin
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Adriana (aka The Tattoo Journalist) is a Webby Award-winning designer, editor of Scene360, and author of this book. Acquiring 20 years of writing experience in fine arts, Adriana has dedicated much time to documenting tattooists' lives and work. She also contributes to Tattoo Kulture, Inked, TattooLife, and other publications. Follow the author @ Instagram and view more articles.

June 7, 2016 Art Body Art Tattoo