Grace: We are kicking off this series with a master of tattooing, Ganji. A Japanese native, he now travels the world with his ever-growing family, tattooing and creating art. I sat down with him at my studio and asked him a few questions about what tattooing and traveling means to him...
Can you introduce yourself?
I am Ganji, a tattooer from Japan who is currently doing guest spots around the world.
What’s your earliest travel memory?
Travelling to London by myself 10 years ago. I didn’t know anyone but I wanted to experience more of the tattoo world outside Japan. I was lucky to meet some amazing people who I am still lucky to call friends all these years later.
How long have you been tattooing? Where did you start your tattoo journey?
I started tattooing 14 years ago in a tattoo shop in Tokyo.
Would you say travel has played a part of your growth as an artist and tattooer?
Yes, definitely. It’s been invaluable to my growth as an artist, tattooer and person. It has opened my eyes to different cultures, different tattoo styles and has let me meet some amazing people who have encouraged me and given me the confidence to go out on my own and travel the world.
What made you want to become a tattooer?
I always had an interest in art. As a child seeing Yakuza in the Japanese baths covered in tattoos amazed me. What made me decide to focus that towards tattooing was the permanence of my art being on someone’s skin.
Why do you think travelling and tattooing go so well together?
Because I have found it’s something that no matter the culture or the language, if you are interested in tattoos, whether that be as an artist or a customer, it brings you together.
How did you meet Post Malone? What was it like tattooing a celebrity?
Post Malone was in Japan playing at a festival 'Fuji Rock'. He was selling his tour merchandise at a customers clothing shop. I was lucky enough to be recommended by my customer for Post Malone to visit for a tattoo. I actually wouldn’t say it was very different tattooing him from any other customer. He is the most down to earth and easy person to talk to and get along with.
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This content was created pre-coronavirus. No social distancing measures were disrupted in making of this series.