Down the road from Chopstick is Ryoki of Al Haut, a self-taught female tattoo artist, who excels in fine line; black and grey work with painterly qualities. She says of her style, its “Delicate subtle and beautiful. My style is a little removed from general tattooing imagery, as it looks like an illustration, more than a tattoo, and the overall images are quite striking in their realism”.
She does a lot of fantasy motifs as well as plants, flowers and butterflies and the fact that she is female makes her easy to approach for other girls, and her studio is incredibly welcoming, looking like a beautician’s salon rather than a tattoo shop.
Unlike the majority of Japanese tattoo artists that get clients by word of mouth, she says most of her clients are quiet types that check out her website and come to her for her style, and is conscious of trying to change the image of tattooing into something more accessible to everyone.