Japanese Tattoo

There are several types of tattoo designs in the world. However, among the many types of designs available, the most popular are probably Japanese tattoo designs. As a matter of fact, Japanese tattoos are recognized and are used not only by the Japanese but by people all over the world. What is the reason for this? Why did these designs receive such a huge welcome from the international community? What are the characteristics of these fantastic tattoos that make them so popular?


Japanese tattoo designs are very artistic. Most of these designs are very colorful and fluid, making them generally more appealing than other designs. Also, each design is usually made up of more than a single element woven together by intricate patterns of lines, transforming the tattoo into one elaborate painting on the skin.

For example, in more common Japanese designs such as the ones featuring Japanese koi fishes, tattoo masters already use more than six colors to finish the whole picture. This number just continues to go up as the intricacy of the patterns increases.
Japanese Tattoo
Japanese Tattoo

Japanese Tattoo
Japanese Tattoo

Japanese Tattoo
Japanese Tattoo

Japanese tattoo designs are rich in symbolism. This is because the art of Japanese tattooing is backed up by centuries of culture and tradition. Since the Japanese have such high regard for nature and spirituality, they often associate different creatures and places with deep spiritual meanings. This spirituality is what transforms their ink and design into works that embody or symbolize several things.

This is also why certain creatures, especially the more revered ones like the dragon, the tiger, and the Koi fish often make their way into the heart of most Japanese designs. The Japanese hold a special meaning for these creatures which is why they are often used in tattoo design

Powerful and Striking

These designs emit a sense of power, so much so that the body where the tattoo is placed on almost disappears instantly behind the picture. The mix of form, color and intricate patterns draws attention unlike any other type of tattoo design. This is also why these designs take much longer to complete than others. The details that come into assembling each design make these designs extremely powerful and alluring.

In contrast to other designs which clearly look and feel like ornamental accessories on the skin, Japanese tattoos are meant to stand out.


The more popular Japanese tattoo designs span the length of almost the entire body. Some of the best and most well known patterns can cover the whole back from the thighs all the way to the shoulders. Some even go all the way to the front reaching and covering the more sensitive areas of the breast, the collar bone, as well the crotch. Can you imagine the pain that these people had to endure just to get a Japanese tattoo?

Chad Kopelinger Guestspot

Chad will be with us for just a short visit on the 12th-13th of this month with just a couple of spaces remaining. To get booked in please call the shop on (061) 409439 or email allstarink@gmail.com

Oliver Peck Guestspot

Oliver Peck from Elm Street Tattoo, Dallas, Texas will be with us again the 12th-13th February.
We only have a couple of spaces left, so call into. phone or e-mail the shop for information and appointments. Thank you.


Happy new year, and welcome to our new website. The decision was made to give the site a do over, the old one had served us well for the past few years but we've gone for a brighter and hopefully easier to navigate site for you to use.
Over Christmas we've been very busy with a lot of large work in, there's some photos in this post, but Andy and I now have our own portfolios online for you to have a look through, just click on the Galleries link.
We want to wish all our clients the best for the new year and we'll see you soon.



Forrest Cavaco Guestspot

Forrest Cavaco from Cobra Custom Tattoo in Boston will be with us the 4th, 5th and 6th February. Spaces are limited for Forrest's first visit to Ireland. For info and appointments call into, phone or e-mail the shop. To see more of Forrest's work click here

Shawn Topper Guestspot

Shawn Topper from DaVinci, New York will be with us the 4th, 5th and 6th February.
This is another great opportunity to get a piece from a talented tattooer who rarely travels outside of the States. For info and appointments call into, phone or e-mail the shop. To see more of Shawn's work click here

Kris Magnotti Guestspot

Kris Magnotti from NY Adorned and DaVinci New York will be with us again the 4th, 5th and 6th February. A great opportunity to get a piece from a man who rarely travel outside of the States these days. For info and appointments call into, phone or e-mail the shop. To see more of Kris's work click here

Matt Beckerich Guestspot

Matt Beckerich from Kings Avenue, NY will be here again on the 4th, 5th and 6th February. At this time spaces with Matt are very limited and this is a great opportunity to get ahead of his 1-year+ waiting list back home in NYC. You can see more of his work here. Thank you.

Chris Nunez Returns!

Next month Chris Nunez will be back with us for just a few short days on the 4th,5th and 6th of February. There are just a few spots remaining with Chris, to make a booking phone, email or call in to the shop, thank you.