It is not often that I meet artists who are so thoroughly dedicated to their work. Meeting with Ichi Hatano, a tattoo artist with his own studio Ichi Tattoo Tokyo, felt special. Having just celebrated his 20th anniversary as a tattoo artist with a solo exhibition of his work, Ichi is devoted to the craft of tattooing. His incredible portfolio, studio, and kindness, is a testament to his hard work and artistry.
Can you tell us about the history of the shop? How did it begin?
Can you tell us a little bit about the artists who work at your shop, like their style and background?
Why do you think tattoo culture in Japan is unique from other countries?
What is your philosophy about your art?
Can you talk about how you express yourself through art?