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The Bright and Colorful World of Anime Tattoos | Tattoo Opinions

The Bright and Colorful World of Anime Tattoos | Tattoo Opinions
who is your ultimate

anime

Crush ah Crush in a Wholesome Way Tuxedo Mask Crush in a non-wholesome inappropriate adult way Spike Spiegel and Cowboy Bebop he's Daddy hey what's up my name is Courtney raimondi you may know me on Instagram as blood of wolves hi I'm Kim bunny machine and I've been

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ing for 12 years I

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out of black rabbit

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which I also own it's an all-female shop in Richmond Virginia and now I'm here I mostly do

anime

and pop culture

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s and that's what we're talking about today the first time I can really remember God I think I was like 12. um I would get home from school and Sailor Moon was on TV right after I got on school out of school and I'd always been an artist but I kind of just you know I was like drawing like little kid drawings and I saw Sailor Moon and I thought wow like they look they just look different like American cartoons don't look like this like I've never seen anything like this I wanted to express myself in my art in a way that felt like passionate to me and nothing had hit me like that until I saw it was like those big beautiful shiny eyes it was like I mean that the women looked like women it just

Anime

was like an Awakening for me I started watching all of these really incredible often female centered um stories that were so inspiring to me and I think that's another reason why I'm so interested in like you know women as Heroes women as Leaders why I open an all-girl...
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shop I mean I really can trace pretty much every passion I have in my life back to

anime

it saved my life it made me feel a lot less lonely and secluded I like gave me a passion to look forward to every day I started getting into

anime

when I was like high school but then my high school art teachers told me that it wasn't real art and that I wasn't allowed to draw it and use it to submit into like projects and stuff which was kind of messed up um and I think that's hilarious now that I've pretty much built a career off of similar things things are similar to that my art has always been bubbly it's always been cartoony um it's just the way I draw it's it's definitely I mean maybe more since they wouldn't let me do new school or they wouldn't let me do

anime

I would end up doing like more new school looking stuff um but it was always super cartoony so I started an apprenticeship the traditional way you know I I had a mentor I worked at the shop a couple days a week um and you know back then you didn't have drawings and show a portfolio they were like oh you want to be a

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er okay like you're gonna do roses and skulls I told my mentor I was like you know I like drawing like these

anime

girls and he was like yeah that's fine but like that's not for

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s that's for you you can do that at home but like when you draw for

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s you draw roses and script so much script oh my God I had a couple friends and like...
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acquaintances that had known me as an

anime

artist and they were like well like can you do like a Totoro or like a Ghibli something or other and like I said hori Benny was the only person that I had ever seen that did

anime

style girls like and that and he was doing like 90s style like not this new

anime

style was very 90s angular faces um square eyes you know and um I was like I wonder if I can do that and and Benny was doing it I don't know if he was in Japan at that time but I saw it in a magazine I was like I want to do these

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s and my mentor was like no you can't do those

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s like those are that's not you can't bold outline an

anime

face you know unless it's gonna be huge and who's gonna get an

anime

character this big you know now they do but back then that was not happening um so I was doing all these little ones and they would be like oh you got a shade with black you got a whip shade black in there and I'm like but I don't know that seems weird and they were like that's the right way to do it and So eventually my clients were like we want you to do it like you draw like the way you draw and and my mentor I mean I worked at my mentor shop for a long time so of course I have respect for him and I wasn't going to do things that he would tell me weren't because I trusted his knowledge he'd been

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ing for over 20 years um but I just I was like please just let me try it you know and then it just popped off...
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looking back it's kind of crazy that that I figured it out at all because there was no resources then like I couldn't go look at a Mike and dazzo like

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and be like oh that's how he Shades that I'm gonna try that or like look at him Michaela bottom

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and be like oh you know I can use this technique or learn from her it was like well I'm gonna use this blue and I'm gonna just fill it in and see what it looks like and you know here we are you know I really don't have that many

anime

tattoo

s because it wasn't a popular style when I was getting heavily

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ed there weren't people who specialized in it and even if you're taking an exact image it's still hard to replicate that exact image um as far as like clean lines solid colors there are different techniques um as I've experienced throughout the years of learning how to do this and developing my own technique but at the time when I was starting to learn um the big names in the business were you know Dave Cavanaugh and a whole bunch of other people that did not do that kind of style and I wanted to get what they did like I wanted to respect their art and get their art so I got covered in all this stuff and now there's like a whole new generation of

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ers doing dope of stuff that I really love and I just don't have as much room for them so when I do come up with a really good idea for an

anime

tattoo

I would want I pretty much just draw it up for somebody else...
thank you oh that's a hard spot the neck Michaela is the goat greatest of all time she's like my probably my hands down my favorite

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or my favorite

anime

tattoo

er I've never seen anything like this but if someone wants eyes

anime

eyes on their neck Michaela is the one who would do it perfectly so there it is perfect it's awesome did Horry Benny do that one yeah it's so cool the other goat hori Benny is one of my favorite

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ers I've gotta go get

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ed by him that is perfect

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that man was probably the first person to really truly do

anime

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s I mean I know 12 years ago the only person I could think of that was doing it was Benny so beautiful Benny if you see this I love you you're great I did that it was me hey please notice me I hope Guy Fieri sees this I hope guys knows how much everybody loves him because he's just great this is also great so every Halloween I do flash where like I take a character and I put them in a costume we're dressed up like somebody or another character and I don't know why what compelled me this year but I thought Flames I thought Charmander I thought Guy Fieri I'm a big fan of his and then um of course somebody got it because my clients are amazing and it was super fun to do he didn't notice me yet though so hopefully one day those are so cute we make it really hard for me to hate on anything they're all so good see I love these because they're

anime

but it's like...
in the specific

tattoo

er style so I really I really like admire this that they can like take these characters and make them into their own that's really cool those are beautiful what I want to know is does he feel like he's getting jerked off by Luffy because that's what that would make me think of like whatever you do with this hand is now Luffy's doing with his hand and maybe he's not a lefty and then he's safe but like it was pretty crazy that's pretty wild I don't know how I feel about that background but like the concept's cool I feel like maybe like the arm should be a little thicker a little less background these ones are weird for me like it's it's well done but I think it would be bizarre to feel like an extension of a character on my arm I've seen it a lot many Jesus lots of people get it with Jesus which is also bizarre because God forbid your jerk offhand is the one with Jesus on it then you maybe you can't jerk off ever again you gotta learn how to do with the other hand well it looks like a like a potato that's kind of cool it's real small but it's it's still got like a little outline on it I don't know how those hands are gonna look over time but it has a little bit of an outline so hopefully good this is really cute I love Kayon I love this

anime

but like y'all have got to stop getting these

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s this big it's it looks really good but like there is no way that

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looks like...
that now rip oh I did that wow this one's really good I don't know where you found this but like they're good at

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ing that was a fun project that girl sat Like a Rock did not move I think we did it in like four or five sessions but the fun one I love Sailor Moon so much what's your favorite part of this

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oh that's hard I kind of like how the background is because it's like simple but it's a little Galaxy like um but I love chibiosa I love chibi Moon she's my baby so she's my favorite I like that part I like doing that part too she's super cute foreign