Transformation of the Japanese traditions in tattoo by Gakkin
Japanese tattoo artist Gakkin (Kenji Nishigaki) continues the way of modern transformation of traditional oriental tattoo, wrapping in a new form habitual stories and images. For his works, Gakkin draws inspiration from wildlife pictures, combined with use of experience of oldest Japanese artists. His creative energy can not be restrained. It spreads through the bodies of his customers with incredible power. All his works are executed exclusively in the freehand technique!
In Gakkin's works you will not find bright colors of traditional Japanese tattoo, they are replaced by black and red colors. In an interview he said:
«I believe that black is the most important color in tattooing. Every ancient tattooing culture – Maori, Japanese, and Polynesian – considers it as such. It just works better than any other color on the skin.»
Unlike Japan, where negative attitude towards tattoo culture as a whole prevails and where it referring to the criminal layers of society, Europe is more open to the tattoo art. Therefore, leaving his homeland, Gakkin and his family moved to Amsterdam, where he now runs his own studio, without experiencing any problems with the law, without encountering any restrictions on the possibility of self-expression as an tattoo artist.