Japanese Tattoo Leeds

In the heart of Leeds, a city known for its vibrant arts scene and cultural diversity, there is a growing interest in Japanese tattoo art.

Japanese tattoos Leeds, often referred to as irezumi, are celebrated for their intricate designs and rich symbolism. These tattoos have deep roots in Japanese culture and history, and have become even more popular in recent years.

The art of Japanese tattooing is a mesmerising fusion of tradition and creativity. Chris specialises in this unique style, creating breathtaking pieces that pay homage to the traditions of Japan while incorporating modern elements.

Japanese Tattoos are more than just ink on skin, they are a centuries-old art form, rich in cultural significance and symbolism. Based in Leeds city centre, Chris Lambert, also known by the Japanese formal title Horihebi, has been working in the tattoo industry for well over a decade and has the experience and skills to provide you with a unique Japanese Tattoo Leeds.

These tattoos are distinct in style and design, often characterised by intricate patterns, vibrant colours, and motifs that draw inspiration from traditional Japanese art and folklore.

About Japanese Tattoos

For centuries, Japanese Tattoos have intrigued people worldwide. The intricate designs, bold colours, and deep symbolism are what make these tattoos so appealing. Whether you’re a tattoo enthusiast or simply curious about the art form we can help.

These tattoos have a long and storied history dating back to ancient Japan. The early designs, known as Irezumi, held various meanings, and their application was a meticulous process.

Irezumi: The Traditional Japanese Tattoo

Irezumi is the traditional art of Japanese Tattoos, a practice that dates back over a thousand years. These tattoos were worn by samurai, craftsmen, and even criminals, each with a unique significance. The designs were inked using a method called tebori, involving hand-tapping the ink into the skin.

The word “irezumi” can be translated to mean “inserting ink” or “decorating the body,” and it involves the application of intricate and colourful tattoos to the skin, typically covering large areas of the body, such as the back, arms, or legs.


Motifs and Symbolism

Japanese Tattoos are renowned for their rich symbolism. Various motifs are used to convey messages and stories, often reflecting the wearer’s personality or life experiences. Common motifs include dragons, koi fish, cherry blossoms, and more.

Dragon Tattoos: Strength and Power

Dragons are among the most popular motifs in Japanese Tattoos. They represent strength, power, and wisdom. The dragon’s winding body and fierce expression make it a captivating choice for many.

Koi Fish Tattoos: Perseverance and Transformation

Koi fish symbolises perseverance and transformation. These fish are known for their ability to swim upstream against strong currents, which is seen as a metaphor for overcoming life’s challenges.

Cherry Blossom Tattoos: Beauty and Transience

Cherry blossoms, or sakura, represent beauty and the fleeting nature of life. These delicate flowers are a poignant reminder of the impermanence of all things.

Contemporary Japanese Tattoos

While the traditional art of Irezumi still thrives, contemporary Japanese Tattoos have evolved. We blend traditional motifs with a more Western style, creating a unique fusion of old and new.

Why Japanese Tattoo Art?

Japanese tattoo art is more than just ink on skin; it tells stories, conveys personal beliefs, and connects individuals to the enduring traditions of Japan. The motifs used in Japanese tattoos are steeped in symbolism. From powerful dragons representing strength and protection to graceful cherry blossoms signifying the fleeting beauty of life, each element carries its own meaning.

Why Choose Chris Lambert for your Japanese Tattoo Leeds?

Chris specialises in Japanese tattoos, he is not only skilled in the technical aspects of tattooing but also well-versed in the cultural significance behind each design. This ensures that every tattoo is a work of art that holds a deep and personal connection.

Chris is one of the only tattooers working in Britain today who successfully synthesises Japanese tattooing with Euro‐American traditions in the ways that were common one hundred years ago. Indeed, Chris has spent time studying in Japan and works frequently alongside Japanese-trained master tattooer Horikitsune in a private studio in London.

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High quality custom tattoos by Chris Lambert,
co-owner of Leeds tattoo studio Snake and Tiger.