Tattoos in Japan: Taiki Masuda Tattoo Life

According to the Washington Post, the 29-years-old tattooist Taiki Masuda is soon going to court “to fight a $3,000 fine that was imposed on him two years ago when police raided his studio. They relied on a 14-year-old regulation originally intended specifically to regulate cosmetic tattooing, such as creating permanent eyebrows, which stipulated that only licensed health-care providers could do such work.”…

Japanese Tattoo Culture SAVE TATTOOING

Taiki Masuda, an Osaka tattooist, has been ruled in violation of the Act because he doesn’t have a medical license. But why should a medical license be necessary for tattooists? As well as an understanding of technology and a keen artistic eye, it goes without saying that a tattooist needs a robust knowledge of safety and hygiene - but not to the same extent as a licensed medical practitioner.…