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Japanese koi fish peony tattoo
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Japanese leg sleeve with fujin god
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Praying mantis leg sleeve tattoo
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Japanese red panda samurai tattoo
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Japanese koi fish tattoo
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Japanese back piece tattoo of Nue
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Japanese namazu catfish tattoo
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Neo Japanese hannya snake tattoo
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Japanese style tiger tattoo
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Japanese dragon cherry blossom tatto
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Japanese dragon half sleeve tattoo
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Japanese sleeve inspired by Spyro
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Japanese chrysanthemum hand tattoo
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Japanese oni demon tattoo in colour
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Chinese Quan Yin goddess tattoo
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SO MANY LEGENDS SO LITTLE TIME! 

I love all Japanese tattoos but have a particular fondness for the weird and wacky legends and mythological creatures. I spend a lot of time researching these so if you're only familiar with the classics like the Koi fish or Dragon but want something a bit out of the ordinary I'd love to help. Wether you have a meaning you'd like to portray and want some options for the symbolism, or would just like to hear some crazy ghost stories and learn about the various mythological creatures and deities I can run you through their history and meanings as well as what they look like and how to turn them into a killer tattoo. 


My approach to Japanese tattooing is much more contemporary, taking a more realistic drawing approach than the classic Kuniyoshi inspired woodblock print style. That said I have a huge respect for the culture and history and I try to keep as true to the stories, seasons, traditions and rules as possible. If you'd like to learn more just fill out a form below or come by my shop Till Death Tattoo in Newmarket Train Station Square Auckland, so we can start planning your next tattoo!