Published on June 17, 2024

With the rise in popularity of the Japanese anime scene, one of the newest tattoo artforms is the anime tattoo.

Fans of mangas, shows, and video games are looking to express their love for their favorite franchises through the tattooing art form and carry with them the symbolism associated with their chosen characters or scenes. 

What Is Anime? 

Anime is a term given to hand-drawn or computer-generated animation specifically originating from Japan.

However, it is important to note that while the term ‘anime’ is often referred to as specifically ‘Japanese anime,’ there are works created outside of Japan that are inspired by their Japanese contemporaries yet still given the title of ‘anime.’

Animation began in Japan in the early 20th century when filmmakers experimented with techniques from the United States, Russia, France, and Germany.

By the mid-1930s, anime was being used as an alternative to live-action filmmaking and being supported by the government to create educational shorts and propaganda material. 

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During the 1960s Japanese artists were able to reduce costs and frame counts by simplifying Disney animated techniques which came to define the medium’s style.

By the 1990s anime started to garner popularity in Western countries with the likes of Dragonball Z and Sailor Moon being dubbed into more than a dozen languages worldwide. 

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Anime would continue to grow in popularity, with Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away winning an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film in 2003 and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train becoming the highest-grossing Japanese anime film of all time and one of the highest-grossing films in 2020. 

Demon Slayer anime

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Anime tattoos are a fast growing industry with new tattoo artist specialising in the anime tattoo art form to meet the demand.

This tattoos are a popular way to show one's fandom and appreciation for Japanese animation or videogames and often feature characters, symbols, or iconic scenes from various anime series and films. 

Best Anime Tattoo Designs

by Chloe Hynes-NguyenJune 23, 2024

Amazing Anime Tattoo Artists

1. Carlospovartattoo

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2. Piratetwanoo

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3. Tawan Amorim

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4. Davide_arillo_tattoo

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5. Brandochiesa

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6. Sanyyyo

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With anime tattoos continuing to rise in popularity, there is a growing market for anime specific tattoo artists to hone their craft.

Anime tattoos offer a unique way for fans to showcase their identity and fandom that symbolizes a personal connection to a character or narrative, celebrating the artistry that spans across cultures and generations.

Be sure to check out the amazing anime tattoo artist we shared with you today, and we look forward to seeing more of their work in the future. 

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