Taama (JPN), Musician, Tokyo

‘My first tattoo was the logo of the band I’m singing in. My friend told me he was going to get a tattoo in two days, so I quickly made an appointment and had one the day before he did. I didn’t have any idea of what I wanted when I entered the tattoo shop. Only thing I could come up with was the logo. Now and then I still remind my friend that I was first.’

‘Later, when I really got into it, I found myself an artist I trusted and gave her the artistic freedom to do to me whatever she wanted. I only had one demand: I didn’t want to become a scary tattooed person. Do you know what I mean? I’ve always loved flowers, so we went from there. Besides that, the only specific tattoo request I had was the clock on my hand. It’s 11:22 on it. My dad died on November 22nd and the tattoo is my reminder. Tribute, if you will.’

‘I think traditional Japanese tattoos have such a deeply rooted culture and image. That style doesn’t suit me as I don’t want to give the impression of being a scary guy. Rather, I’d like to cover myself in beautiful and delicate things, like flowers.’