Japanese traditions in tattoo by Lupo HoriOkami

03 / 01 / 2018 Michael Raff
Tattoo artist Lupo Horiokami traditional oriental Japanese tattoo | Vicenza, Italy
Tattoo artist Lupo HoriOkami / Photo: @horiokami

The tattooer Lupo HoriOkami was born in 1979, in Vicenza, Italy. His interest in art and design manifested when he was only 14 years old, with graffiti. Five years later, he began to study the tattoo, and opened The Inksidetattooing studio in the center of Vicenza.

During his first visit to Japan, Lupo was honored to meet and subsequently establish official professional relations with Horiyoshi III (Yoshihito Nakano), after which he, according to tradition, received permission to wear the Japanese name "HoriOkami". Regular visits to Japan continue to play an important role in the development of Lupo, as an artist in the world of Japanese tattooing.

Lupo HoriOkami practices both electric tattoo and tebori, constantly developing and being inspired by Japanese traditions, such as: shodō (Japanese calligraphy), Zen Buddhism and Japanese philosophy.

In April 2010, the old studio was replaced by a new one, Mushin Private Tattoo Studio, which is also located in the center of Vicenza.

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Text Michael Raff