Japanese tattoos, known as irezumi, hold a rich history and profound cultural significance. Dating back centuries, these intricate body artworks were initially worn by the aristocracy and later embraced by commoners and criminals alike. Rooted in the ukiyo-e art tradition, Japanese tattoos draw inspiration from myths, folklore, and historical narratives. Symbolism plays a pivotal role, with motifs like dragons, koi fish, cherry blossoms, and samurai embodying virtues such as courage, strength, and loyalty. However, during the Edo period, tattoos were stigmatized and associated with criminality, leading to their prohibition. Despite this, the artistry persevered in underground circles and eventually regained popularity in the modern era. Today, Japanese tattoos are revered worldwide for their intricate designs, meticulous techniques, and profound cultural significance, representing a powerful connection to Japanese heritage and the expression of personal narratives.

Koi Sleeve by Lachie Grenfell

Lachie Grenfell's koi sleeve tattoo is a breathtaking masterpiece. Vibrant koi fish gracefully swim amidst swirling water, symbolizing strength and perseverance. Lachie's artistry captures the beauty and fluidity of this iconic Japanese motif.


Japanese Hawk Tattoo - Full Back Outline

The outline process of a Japanese hawk full back tattoo is a meticulous and intricate undertaking. It begins with a thorough consultation between Lachie and the client to discuss design preferences and placement. Once the concept is finalized, Lachie starts by sketching the outline directly onto the client's back, ensuring proper positioning and symmetry.

Tattoo Flash by Melbourne Tattooist Lachie Grenfell

Lachie Grenfell creates a captivating Japanese-inspired tattoo flash painting showcasing a mesmerizing fusion of a snake and a panther. Graceful serpentine curves intertwine with fierce feline features, embodying power and mystique.

Tibetan Inspired Backpiece Tattoo by Lachie Grenfell

Lachie Grenfell, a Melbourne tattooer, crafts a mesmerizing Tibetan Buddhist inspired backpiece. An anatomical skeleton gracefully dances atop a lotus, merging mortality and spirituality. Flames and clouds intertwine, symbolizing transformation and transcendence.

Hannya Back Piece - Lachie Grenfell

Lachie has a plethora of reference, books, prints and knowledge in this period.
if you are in the market for a large scale Japanese tattoo just like this Hannya back piece, call the shop and ask to speak to Lachie.

Traditional Hannya Mask - Jimmy Lachmund

Our newest member Jimmy Lachmund recently got to do this American traditional rendition of a Hannya Mask. Jimmy has tons of similar flash ready to go, be sure to pop down to the shop and ask to look through his book.

Namakubi Tattoo Drawn to Fit - Lachie Grenfell

Namakubi or severed head tattoo is one of the classic motives in Japanese tattooing tradition, stemming from the warrior class of feudal Japan.

Traditional Namakubi Tattoo - Lachie Grenfell

Large traditional Japanese Namakubi done on the ribs by Lachie Grenfell.

Lachie is always interested in doing something Traditional Japanese big or small.

Baku folklore Irezumi Tattoo - Lachie Grenfell

The story of the Baku originates from Chinese folklore and has a long history in Japanese folklore. known best for feeding off of nightmares and bad dreams.


Japanese Hannya Mask Tattoo - Lachie Grenfell

Another Take on a Traditional inspired Hannya Mask Tattoo, this is a staple in Melbourne Tattooer Lachie Grenfells aresenal of creative and perfectly executed Japanese Tattoos, if your looking for anything Japanese come down to our North Melbourne Shop and have a chat with Lachie.

Bakeneko Yokai Tattoo - Lachie Grenfell

Bakeneko Tattoo done by Melbourne Tattooer Lachie Grenfell, Bakeneko means Changed cat. Some believe a Bakenkos are able to shapeshift into humans form, speaking human words,cursing humans even manipulating dead people.

Japanese Dragon Samurai Leg Sleeve Tattoo By Lachie Grenfell

If you are looking at getting some Japanese tattoos in Melbourne, come and talk to Lachie about your next tattoo idea.

Snake and Peonies Tattoo by Pablo Morte

Snakes and peonies have always played an important role in History and Art across the world, and because of this Peonies can be a sign of good fortune, Riches, Honor and compassion. While the snake brings Creativity, Rebirth and transformation All this being said Pablo Morte Just thinks they make a cool ass Tattoo.

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