What is your background and how you got started tattooing?
My name is 大柴裕豪(Hao). When I was a kid I liked Japanese comics a lot. By the time of high school I learnd there was a school teaching how to draw Japanese comics, so I applied for the school. When I started the class I realized that they were teaching Western painting. When I graduated I started looking for a job concerning drawing, since I liked Japanese comics so much. That made me think of Ukiyo-e, and that was the time I decided doing tattoo as a career.

Would you like to tell us the most important steps in your career?
It’s hard to think of one specific step of my career, my thoughts and actions are constantly shifted, especially when I have a family.

Could you name three adjectives which describe your tattoos?
My own style of Ukiyo-e, food/animal, Neo traditional.

And three which describe you as a person?
TV game and toy lover, workaholic, 金城武ish.

Do you have a subject or something which you’re particularly passionate about?
Cat, my little princess.

Who are your mentors? And who do you admire now – in art, and in life?
Many tatto artists are all my mentors.
As for those I admire: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (月岡芳年), SEIU ITO(伊藤晴雨), Sion Sono(園子溫) 宮下亞喜羅.

Where are you working at the moment, and what dreams do you harbour for the future?
I have my own tattoo shop now. For the future I am planning to open a store which contents all my passions-comics/tv games/toys and tattoo, of course.

What are your thoughts regarding tattooing, at this particular historic moment?
Now the informations are overloaded and can be download very easily, it make some people think they can become a tattoo artist easily.

What advice would you give to young people who are interested in following this career path?
It is a life-long career, unless you have great enthusiams in tattoo, otherwise do not choose it as your career because it will need to put a lot of your efforts and time in it. Once you have made up your mind, just go for it. We need new perspectives of our generation.

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