Simply Japanese: The Tattoo Art Of Kiku From Invisible Nyc

Tattoos nowadays are real amazing. Just the way tattooers make things look so realistic that it almost looks like it's breathing at you.

But we all must remember that sometimes, the things you leave out are just as much important as those you choose to include in the composition.

Kiku, a tattooer from Invisible NYC, has been doing this with his tattooing. His powerful Japanese style has got collectors coming in for more. The simplicity, solid colors and flow that accentuate the human body is what sets his work apart from other tattooers.

Ryu or Dragon Japanese style sleeve. A classic in Japanese style tattooing.
Ryu or Dragon Japanese style sleeve. A classic in Japanese style tattooing.
Tora or Tiger half-sleeve with maple leaves.
Tora or Tiger half-sleeve with maple leaves.
Raijin (God of Thunder) half-sleeve. Simple yet powerful.
Raijin (God of Thunder) half-sleeve. Simple yet powerful.
A back piece of Guan Yin, an Asian deity sitting on a dragon. Majestic yet simple.
A back piece of Guan Yin, an Asian deity sitting on a dragon. Majestic yet simple.

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Tiger vs. Dragon back-piece.
Tiger vs. Dragon back-piece.

Notice how simple his rendering is yet the tattoo remains just as powerful. Simplicity is key.

Tattoo by Kiku
Tattoo by Kiku

Solid black lines and flat colors make this tattoo striking and readable to the eye. This style of tattooing also makes the tattoo long lasting.

Tattoos by Kiku
Tattoos by Kiku

All sleeves done by Kiku: L-R dragon with flames, koi fishes with waves, turtles with sakuras and a hannya mask with a snake and maple leaves.

Kiku
Kiku

A photo of Kiku from lukewessman.com (GP tattoo done by Luke Wessman)

These are just some of the Tattoos that Kiku has done in his career as a tattooer. You can check out his website at kikutattoo.com and the website of the shop where he works at, invisiblenyc.com.

rcallejatattoo

@rcallejatattoo

A tattoo artist working at Good Hand Tattoo, Metro Manila, Philippines. Forever a student of tattooing, art and life. A loving husband and a proud father of three. Follow me on Instagram @rcallejatattoo

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