Tattoos in Japan: Taiki Masuda

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.”

Kiyoshi Shimizu, left and Taiki Masuda. @Shiho Fukada via The Washington Post
Kiyoshi Shimizu, left and Taiki Masuda. @Shiho Fukada via The Washington Post

Masuda refused to give in and believe this to be “a violation of freedom of expression“. The government, however, is not backing down. The fact is that if he loses, the sentence will effectively make it impossible to get a tattoo in Japan.

Tattoos have existed in Japan for long, and we hope things will change for the better. All the great artists there must have the chance to express themselves for many years from now.

Read the complete article here: www.washingtonpost.com