The Shop OKINAWA
The SHOP OKINAWA is located in American Village in Okinawa, so Mana's customers are mostly from the U.S. and many of them get Anime tattoo.
You would think that tattoo and Anime are irrelevant to each other, but Anime tattoo has become surprisingly popular over the past few years. This movement might change outdated stereotypes on tattoo that most Japanese people have. Mana told us that he hopes to hear people talking like “Your tattoo is really cool. Where did you get that?". We asked him about why he tattoos Anime, how he started his career and his roots.
Co-owner of “The SHOP OKINAWA" in Chatan, Okinawa.
Mana had been really into drawing when he was young and he started his career as a tattooer in his early 20's. He used to post his illsutrations to tattoo magazine and his artwork became so popular that many tattooers in Japan noticed that young generation appeared. After working in Nagoya for several years, he moved to Okinawa and he has been getting international reptation because of the location of the studio and his dedication to amazing artwork.