Korean and Japanese tattoo artists are finding each other online for friends and relatives to make the tattoo art look like it’s coming from a real life Korean celebrity.
The trend began in May after a group of Japanese tourists met a group who met through a website for Korean tattoos called Yakuza.
That sparked a flurry of interest among Japanese tattoo fans and soon the group was known as “Yakuza tattoo artists.”
In Japan, tattoos are seen as part of a culture that emphasizes the uniqueness of the individual, said Yoshihiro Kano, the owner of Japan Tattoo Studio, which opened its first shop in Osaka, Japan’s capital, in June.
Japanese tattooists tend to be more conservative, with traditional designs.
“They don’t put a lot of effort into it,” Kano said.
In the United States, tattoo shops have been growing since the early 1990s, when tattooing became a popular way to express one’s individuality.
But in recent years, tattooing has gained popularity among young people and the tattoo industry has seen some of the fastest growth of all tattoo industries.
In 2014, tattoo industry revenues grew nearly 70 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to industry data.
In the past year, tattoo artists have started opening tattoo shops in major U.S. cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The new trend is being driven by younger Americans who want to show their tattoos off on their friends and family members, said Jochen Neumann, chief executive officer of Japanese Tattoo.
Kano said many people who come to Japan want to make their tattoos more authentic.
“They are saying, ‘I can’t wear this if I don’t have a tattoo on my arm,'” Kano told Reuters.
The Japanese tattoo scene has also become popular with people in other countries, such as Germany, France and Belgium.
Tattoo shops in those countries are also opening their doors, said Shigeru Kawashima, a tattoo artist from Japan who has been in Paris since 2014.
“I think there is an amazing number of tattoo artists in Japan who are very friendly and very interested in making tattoos look like they come from a place they are from,” Kawashimas brother, Akira Kawashimi, said.
“That’s what is driving this trend in Japan.”
Kawashimi said that while tattooing is a cultural and artistic practice, there are also practical and psychological aspects that can be considered when making a tattoo.
Japanese tattoo artists will work with a person who is able to accept and tolerate tattoos, Kawashims brother said.
The tattoo artist will give the person permission to choose their own style of tattoo.