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Custom Japanese Tattoo Designs

Mayumi is My Life

"You Are My Life"

Thank you Britt and Mayumi for sharing this special moment.

Tattoo designs are often deeply personal expressions and so it is not always possible to find a ready-made design that is exactly what you want. For this reason we are proud to offer completely custom tattoo designs where we work with you on the translation, the font and the layout. This is a completely custom design where you will be working directly with Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase to create a design that is just right for you.

Order your custom tattoo design at Custom Japanese Tattoo Design

With over fifteen years of experience and thousands of satisfied clients, Master Takase is the perfect partner to work with to create a Japanese tattoo that is uniquely for you. Master Takase's work has sold all over the world as custom art for individuals, on commercial products, in books, print and in film. Her brand of Traditional Japanese Calligraphy has been described as refined and cultured. She has been praised not only for her beautiful art but also for her approachability, courtesy, and professionalism.

How To Get Your Perfect Japanese Tattoo

Your custom tattoo design starts when you place your order and describe what you would like. We would then create several options for the translation and present you with several sample designs with different fonts and layouts. These hand-lettered designs by Master Takase are then scanned, documented and emailed to you along with a detailed explanation and links to on-line Japanese dictionaries and other independent resources. This way you know the translation is correct and we are happy to provide you with as much information so you are as happy with the translation as you are with the design. You can then examine the designs at your leisure and decide which samples you like and the direction you would like to proceed. And in this fashion you and Master Takase would work together to create a design that is exactly what you want.

The design process is fun, informative and normally takes two or three sample sets to arrive at the perfect design. When all is finished the final design, along with the line art and explanation, is emailed to you. All you need to do then is print the design and take it to your tattoo artist to have the design inked. Your tattoo artist does not even need to know Japanese! We give you everything you need. And all this entire process can be done in as little as a few days.

For an specific example of the process see Custom Design Process where we show the designs and actual communications used to achieve the final design. This is the process we would use with you to create your perfect designs.

If you have questions or would like to learn more please contact us.

Custom Japanese Tattoo

Vow

Body Art is Expressing Yourself

Stock calligraphy will not always reflect you and what you want to say the way you want to say it. Body Art is about expressing yourself and can be as unique as you are. The creation of the design should be a collaboration between you and the calligrapher, an interactive process, resulting in a unique work of individual expression.

Body Art is a Personal

Japanese Calligraphy designs require absolutely correct translations. One needs to be sure that the design has the intended meaning and has a visual presentation that fits you and your style. Takase Studios has both a native English speaking translator and a Native Japanese translator. We take great care in making sure that the designs we create are absolutely correct and are happy to provide you with as much supporting material as you need to be completely confident with the translation. By doing this we are able to create a design that expresses what you want to say with a look and feel that matches your style.

 

Mareena
marina

Name Translations to Kanji

This design is a phonetic translation to kanji of the name Mareena and is simply fantastic. Thank you Hisaya for sharing this and for your permission to use the photo.

For information on how names may be rendered into Japanese see How To Write Names in Japanese which are articles from Master Calligrapher Eri Takase's monthly column in Martial Arts Insider magazine.


Order a Custom Name in Japanese Tattoo Design

Body Art is Permanent

Calligraphy based Body Art Designs require mastery of the art as well as accuracy and attention to detail. You need to be able to interact with the artist at every level to ensure the accuracy and appropriateness of the design. We take great pride in providing you with all the information and feedback you need to ensure that you are getting the design that is just right for you.

We work with you on each step of the design and give you personal attention you need to you will be completely comfortable and confident with your new Japanese tattoo.




Custom Body Art Ideas

Order Your Own Unique Tattoo Design at: Custom Japanese Tattoo
 

Joy in Japanese
(katakana)


Joy in Japanese
(katakana and kanji)

Custom Names in Japanese

Names in Japanese make beautiful tattoo designs. As an example, the designs on the left are of the name Joy.

The standard way names are translate to Japanese is a phonetic translation to katakana which is shown on the top. Names often have meanings which can also be translated to Japanese. In this case the name Joy means "joy" which in Japanese is yorokobi.

The second design shows both "joy" (yorokobi) in kanji and the name Joy (joi) in katakana (written horizontally in the design). So both aspects of the name are translated in this one beautiful design.

For information on how names may be rendered into Japanese see How To Write Names in Japanese which are articles from Master Calligrapher Eri Takase's monthly column in Martial Arts Insider magazine.

We have a wealth of information and over 9000 names translated to Japanese. To find out more about a particular name see Names in Japanese. And to order a custom tattoo design of a Name in Japanese visit our catalog Custom Body Art - Name in Japanese


 

Family Bonds
kizuna

Family Bonds (kizuna)

This design features kizuna meaning family bonds as the main kanji.

Each member of the family is written in the lower left - in this case katakana works perfectly and all names can fit in this area. Katakana is the standard way names are translated to Japanese.

The parents names are to either side in a protective position. Safe between the parents are the two children's names. This design also includes a small red Eternity seal between the children's name.

While this design shows four names, we can do designs from one to eight names.

For information on how names may be rendered into Japanese see How To Write Names in Japanese which are articles from Master Calligrapher Eri Takase's monthly column in Martial Arts Insider magazine.

And to order a custom tattoo design of Family Bonds visit our catalog Custom Body Art - Family Bonds


 

Life
inochi

You Are My Life (inochi)

This design is the character for Life with the loved one's name written to the lower left. This particular design also includes a small seal meaning Eternity.

There is a long history behind this design. Historically a geisha forbidden to marry would proclaim her love in a tiny version of this design. Today the meaning is to proclaim someone as being your whole life and is used for all loved ones including a fiancé, spouse, or even one's child.

While normally the design has one name, it can be done with more.

For information on how names may be rendered into Japanese see How To Write Names in Japanese which are articles from Master Calligrapher Eri Takase's monthly column in Martial Arts Insider magazine.

And to order a custom tattoo design of Life (inochi) visit our catalog Custom Body Art - Life


 

Love
ai

Love (ai)

In this beautiful design Love is the symbol connecting two souls. 

In the example on the left the names are written in katakana which is the standard way non-Japanese names are written in Japanese.

Thank you Steve and Carrie for permission to use this wonderful image

For information on how names may be rendered into Japanese see How To Write Names in Japanese which are articles from Master Calligrapher Eri Takase's monthly column in Martial Arts Insider magazine.

And to order a custom tattoo design of Love connecting two names visit our catalog Custom Body Art - Love


 

Soul Mates
tamashii no tomo

Soul Mates (tamashii no tomo)

The central character in light gray is a design of the characters for Soul Mates. In the corners are the personalized names written in beautiful Japanese calligraphy.

In this example the names are translated phonetically to katakana is the standard way that names are translated to Japanese.

On our website we have a wealth of information and over 9000 names translated to Japanese. To find out more about a particular name see Names in Japanese.

For information on how names may be rendered into Japanese see How To Write Names in Japanese which are articles from Master Calligrapher Eri Takase's monthly column in Martial Arts Insider magazine.

And to order a custom tattoo design of Soul Mates connecting two names visit our catalog Custom Body Art - Soul Mates


Testimonials


"Good evening, Eri -

Thank you!  I have decided on (12) Respect, Love, Passion.  
It is beautiful and I look forward to having it done.  The completed size is great the way it is on the sample you sent.
If I need to do anything more, just let me know.  I will highly recommend your site and your work to anyone.
Again, I sincerely appreciate your assistance, your knowledge and work in creating something I truly believe expresses me."
Tiffany


"I wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that I received the final tattoo designs in priority mail on Saturday and I appreciate the speediness at which you sent them to me.

I also wanted to send you a huge Thank You for all the work you put into this project. I have been mulling this over for years and never found the "right" design or a way to go about getting one made until I came across your website. At first, I was a bit leery about doing business over the web but I was soon convinced that it was a perfect way to go after our first email conversation. The entire process was quite enjoyable and I am more than 100% satisfied with everything!"
Kelli
 


"Thank you so much for your wonderful designs! They are everything I had hoped for. Thank you again for all your help and if anyone wants a reference please do not hesitate to give them my email address." Don
 

"Dina received the piece this morning and she LOVED it! Thanks again for all of your help. I'll probably be ordering at least one more piece in the next month or two." Ron 


"We just wanted to thank you again for your hard work and extra effort in getting the art mailed out to us. You were correct when you said that the originals would assist us with our decision. We ended up selecting the second, new to us version, of #2, which we jokingly called "2a".

We had our tattoos done and neither of us could be more pleased with the outcome. Thank you so much."
Cameron

 

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