Tattoo Artists You Really Should Get to Know: Akuma Shugi

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Akuma Shugi wins it with Japanese style with a Western spin. And oh, you have to check out his cat tattoos.

Akuma Shugi / Tumblr
Akuma Shugi / Tumblr

The artist, who goes by the name Akuma Shugi tattoos at Wolf & Dagger in Hove, UK. He's been tattooing for four years now and no doubt, we want to see him progress even more!

Awesome tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Awesome tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi

His style is something we would describe as Japanese with a Western spin.

Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi

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Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi

The 26-year-old artist finds most of his inspiration from Japanese culture; animé, traditional art, Japanese films, and the likes of them. Even before he got into tattooing, his fascination with the Japanese art and culture has always been present.

Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi

In college, he took up media studies, graphic design, illustration, and animation. All of which contributed to his career later as a tattoo artist.

Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi

Tattooing wasn't really among his original plan, and only got into it by chance. But it's not like he'd have it any other way. And we don't either!

Akuma Shugi / Facebook
Akuma Shugi / Facebook

He's a self-taught artist but he recommends a professional apprenticeship to anyone looking to start a tattoo career.

Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi

And here's our favourite part as promised, cat tattoos!

Cat tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Cat tattoo by Akuma Shugi

Blown away by this chest piece. Surely, one of my favourites of his.

Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi

He's not one to say no every now and then to other styles, either.

Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi
Tattoo by Akuma Shugi

When he's not in the studio or drawing up a storm, he can be found reading manga and watching animé and Asian films. It's how he usually sparks up ideas for new projects.

Akuma Shugi / Facebook
Akuma Shugi / Facebook
Akuma Shugi / Facebook
Akuma Shugi / Facebook

Oh, and did we mention that he cosplays now and then? Sugoi!

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Xavier

@Xavier

When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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