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Article Written By: Luco Tattoo

While tattoos are a common appearance now on almost everybody’s body, Japanese tattoo artists in London work a little differently. Japanese tattoo making is an ancient art form that is practiced with sanctity and discipline. Not everybody can sketch traditional Japanese tattoos and at the sametime, not anyone can become a wearer of Horimono-Irezumi tattoo.

Almost all tattoo artists follow some general rules of procedure and after care of tattoos, but Japanese tattoo artists in London uphold these with utmost importance. Since the art form is a traditional one learnt after years of practice under a master, many adhere to a strict guideline. Some of these are:

  • The tattoo wearer must be 21years of old and above
  • He/she should not be under the influence of any intoxicating substance
  • Females getting tattoos should not be pregnant


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Only few artists work within the traditional Japanese rules of tattoo placement and make Japanese designs that involves smaller one-point tattoos and not just big tattoo placements. Usually they use rotary machines along with disposable grips and needles. One should find out if the colours used are meeting the European hygiene regulation. Traditional Japanese tattoo work involves the use of a tool known as Tebori. This is a hand-made tool that has been used since centuries to make tattoos. Only few of the Japanese artists in London still carry forward this traditional tool and work with it, that too on request. They may work with the tool to do partial tattoo colour and the process might take little longer than expected. One could indulge in a single session just to experience the traditional method.

  • Generally the tattoos can be completed within a few days, if it a big one spread over a large area
  • Tattoo artists suggest a gap of at least 10 days between two tattoo sessions to allow healing time
  • Smaller tattoos that do not involve much shading, colours and shadows can be done over a weekend stretch, although the pain can be substantial
  • Take prior appointments and decide on a sketch before being inked. The tattoo artists generally have a library of traditional Japanese designs for their clients.
  • Many tattoo artists insist on clients’ bringing their own towels and healing creams such as Bepanthen.
  • Alcohol or drug consumption is prohibited before any tattoo session. In addition, it is advised to go on a half-filled stomach.
  • The time taken on each tattoo will depend upon the design, the body size, the pain resistance and the skin type.

These are general procedure norms. Do talk to you tattoo artist in order to know their complete procedure and after-care list.