Japanese Intensity by Slava Starkov
Slava Starkov is one of Russia's finest tattoo artists and a master of the traditional Japanese style.
When you think of Russian tattoos most think of the Vory V Zakone and the tattoos of the Russian Mafia but tattooing in Russia has much more to offer than a criminal CV in ink. In recent years tattooing has boomed in Russia and some of the best contemporary tattoos have come from the former Soviet state, but when it comes to traditional tattooing one artist is leading the way.
Inspired by a book featuring the work of Japanese legend Horiyoshi III, Slava studied the photos and took the impact, intensity and motion of Japanese tattooing and applied it to his own abilities, it's safe to say the results are astounding. Working from Saint Petersburg Slava has become a leading artist in traditional Japanese tattoos and has even begun to study the traditional practice of Irezumi (tattooing by hand) as historically done in Japan. It is safe to say Slava is one of the finest tattoo artists in Russia and one of the best Japanese style artists in the world!! Be sure to check out his website and Instagram!!