Are you thinking of an kawaii anime tattoo for your next tat?
Well just in case …
Here’s a quick guide to the different types of Anime tattoo styles that might tickle your fancy.
All tattoo artists, as expected in any other genre of art, don’t do the same things. Or have the same style ~
So, these are the 3 styles that most tattooists will use.
And they’ll definitely translate well on melanated skin of all shades!~
3 KAWAII ANIME Tattoo Styles
NEO – NEW SCHOOL STYLE
The most popular style – it’s usually characterized by heavy outlines, vivid colors, and exaggerated depictions of the subject.
NO! They’re not realistic and sometimes compared to cartooning styles.
WABORI – JAPANESE STYLE
Here’s a fun note – in Japan western style tattoo is commonly called tattoo, while wabori (和彫り) is commonly called irezumi (入れ墨 <- that literally means inserting ink)
Wabori uses a lot of traditional Japanese composition techniques; including dark background like thunder, clouds or wind bars, waves and motifs common to the culture.
MANGA – ILLUSTRATIVE STYLE
There are tons of art styles and movements that influence Illustrative style tattoos. From etching and engraving, sketch like gestures and even … manga!
When you flip through thepages of your favorite shonen, you see techniques-
stippling, dotwork, linework, cross-hatching, halftones and tons more varying techniques for different textures and looks.
No matter if you’re looking for Blackwork, ornamental, abstract or fine lines ~
You can live your best anime life within this style!
Now you know what to look for when you’re searching for your anime tat artist of choice.
If you’re planning to get an anime tattoo but wondering “is this a good idea?” …Remember it’s your body so you can do what you please!
But to keep confidence high make sure you’ve covered the basics ~
1. make sure you have a kick a$$ artist in mind that can do exactly what you’re looking for and
2. you’ve given plenty thought to your tattoo idea, style and placement — “no regrets”!
Happy Tattooing friends!