Hello Montreux...

Switzerlands beautiful blue resort town known for it's steep hills and stunning lakes is throwing its annual Tattoo Convention 21st-23rd September. We are excited to say our lovely Som will be attending. She is known for her unique take on Japanese tattooing which often indulges in muted orange, pink and red tones. Throughout the next six or seven weeks she will be whizzing around Europe -Switzerland, Germany, France and England. The convention will be held at the Montreux Music & Convention Center. More info and tickets can be found here

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The London Tattoo Convention is a pretty big one as fas they go, celebrating some of the most amazing tattoo artists and the general tattoo industry around the world. This year will be the 14th time it has opened its doors and it will be the third year in a row Som will be attending!

The event is held on September 28-29-30th 2018 at the iconic Tobacco Dock, a grade 1 listed warehouse in Londons east side. The warehouse was originally constructed around 1811 designed to store tobacco that was imported into the country. Even if you can't make it down to the convention i would definitely recommend trying to get down there another time to check out the space and all its charm. 

If you would like to get in touch with her for an appointment please contact her via email at or if you are in Australia and plan on being at the convention, feel free to give us a call on 02 9211 4023 and we can help you organise something. 

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For information about the convention head over to their website. You can still pick up tickets over on the website here.

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It is currently going off on the Sunshine Coast as it is hosting its annual event at Venue 114 formerly known as Lake Kawana Community Centre. The event will be on for the rest of the weekend and you can still get tickets online and at the door.  

Rhys Gordon has just got back from his trip to London this week and has flown up to attend along with our buddy and guest artist Benji Tobin who is also up there from the Gold Coast. 


The event has over 70 live tattoo booths including international artists, live entertainment and all round good times. 

Saturday and Sunday 10am – 7pm Tickets:$28 per day / $63 3 day pass / Children under 12 free

If this is your first tattoo...

It may be your first tattoo or you may even be walking around donning a full body suit, either way preparing for your tattoo and looking after it will still require the same love and affection.

Here is some information on what to expect and some of our must do's (and don'ts) to keep you and your tattoo on top form.  

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If you are searching for ideas for a tattoo the internet is obviously a great source of information and probably the first place you look, but don't reply on this alone. Pinterest, Google and Instagram have some awesome images to go off but sometimes there can be so much on the internet to choose from that it can leave you overwhelmed with information and ironically, stuck for inspiration.


If for example, you want a black and grey realistic scene with mountains and trees and animals, have a look at books of landscape photography from around the world, if you are lucky enough it might even just be a case of looking out your window. What animals do you like? Birds, bears, tigers? There are over 60,000 different species of trees that you can choose from.. SO many sources away from the internet. Think of back before the internet began and we needed to feel creative, we turned to books, photographs, films, environments, friends, families and ourselves for inspiration. 

We LOVE creating new ideas for tattoos and want you to also feel that you are getting something unique and all of your own. So if you do find yourself wanting a tattoo but can't find anything you like whilst scrolling around websites, remember the above, get in touch for a consultation and we can turn your imagination into something beautiful.

Good communication = a good tattoo. The consultation is the chance to sit down with an artist, talk things over, bounce ideas of of each other and plan something great. If there is something you want, now is your chance to ask for it. It is a lifetime commitment so please speak up!

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Now that you have figured out what tattoo you want, have had a consultation and are confident in your artist, it's time to make the appointment! Whilst we do try and allow time for walk ins, we also get quite busy and a booking is always advisable to avoid disappointment. 
Deposits are required when making an appointment and we will do our best to provide you the date you want, but sometimes artists can be booked out, possibly for months. A good tattoo is always well worth the wait and I know i know, you have spent hours, days, weeks, months, YEARS bouncing back and forth deciding on the design; trust me a little longer won't hurt.

A good design will also require a decent amount of time being put into it and as exciting as it is, it doesn't always magically happen over night. We understand that you want to make sure its perfect and that you LOVE IT before you go commit, which is why we might need to spend a little time with you on the day to go over everything before starting. 




You may look older than you are, maybe you look younger but you must be over 18 to be tattooed here and you need to bring your ID. One question we seem to get a lot is if we tattoo under 18s with parents consent, we don't. 


IF POSSIBLE. Easier said than done I'm sure. But try not to go out and get absolutely shitfaced the night before and come in straight from the club. A well rested human is a happy human.. 


Please don't come in wasted or if i even need to say it, on drugs. Not only are you going to completely regret it once your here and have sit through your tattoo but alcohol thins your blood and usually requires multiple trips to the toilet; which means the artist will have to keep stopping and starting causing you to have to sit through it for even longer. Also not everyone can handle their drinks.. do you really want us holding your hair and rubbing your back over the toilet? If you don't get drunk before you come in for the tattoo, neither will we!


If you think you are going to be late please let us know. It happens, it's not always in our control but it just means we get chance to allow extra time and if necessary we can let the person know coming in after you that we might be running a little behind. Likewise, we will do the same for you.


Not only does drinking enough water keep your body in balance it also feeds the skin. We live in a pretty hot country (most of the time) which means we can get dehydrated and therefor the skin can dry out. Drinking enough water before, during and after can only do you good in the long run! Looking after your skin by drinking the right amount of water over time will help with the upkeep of your tattoo. 

  • EAT! 

You have heard it before but DO NOT SKIP BREAKFAST. It really is the most important meal of the day. If you're on a diet, THIS IS YOUR CHEAT DAY! Your body actually uses up energy whilst you're being tattooed so you need to make sure that belly of yours has had a good feed before you come in. Feel free to bring some snacks and drinks (and share). We have a fridge, microwave, water machine, tea's and coffee. We are also located in Surry Hills which is laced with great eateries and if you don't want to do the walk around/its raining then there is always Uber Eats!


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We don't care what you look like, we just want you to be comfy. We also need easy access to the area we will be tattooing so for example tight skinny jeans probably aren't appropriate if your getting your leg tattoed. We have screen guards for privacy if you do forget this step but you probably won't want to be walking home with your new tattoo being friction burned by your jeans. Where possible either dress accordingly or bring a change of clothes. 


Unless David Attenborough said it. Google is a blessing and a curse.  Do your research obviously but remember, everyone is different and what hurts for them may not hurt for you and vice versa. If you read into it too far then you might just make yourself unnecessarily nervous. 

  • If you are considering using a numbing cream, please consult with your artist before hand. If you are in for a long time you can expect the cream to wear off and then potentially be in for a bigger surprise when you start to feel it half way in. Also please do an allergy test 48 hours before to make sure you don't get any nasty reaction. 
  • If you are on any medication or have any medical conditions that you think may effect you when you are getting your tattoo, please consult your doctor prior to making your appointment. 



We really do care about you and your time here and want you to be as comfortable as possible. We will do our best to help you relax, be sat comfortably and if you need to take breaks please let your artist know. If you feel uneasy, speak up, have a stretch and a breather; as my mum always says - a good cup of tea always makes you feel better. If you don't like tea, try the old breathing techniques. 


We don't bite and love that our job can be so engaging with new people. Sometimes we spend an hour, sometimes two and sometimes we get your lovely company for the whole day so open up, share your secrets, tell us all about it. 


On the contrary... We've got some good funky tunes but please feel free to bring along some headphones, your iPod/phone or an iPad if you want to zone out a bit.
Tip:You can now download things on Netflix so you don't need to worry about your data.


And your Dad, Sister, Brother, Cat, and Dog but its probably not that fun for your whole crew to sit there all day staring at you. Do bring a friend with you if you feel you need it but please don't bring an entourage. We want the other guests and artists to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. 


Incase you need to be here a little longer than you expected. Most artists charge an hourly rate, sometimes a fixed price will be set but the overall cost of a tattoo depends on more than just the artists ability to tattoo. Everyones skin is different and everyones skin takes ink differently.  A good tattoo can't and won't be rushed, not everyone can sit through the whole thing and if you're in for the whole day, you are going to need a break or two. 


Something not to be avoided and should be followed as recommended by your artist...different artists or different studios may mix it up slightly, for example different brands of products to apply, but the fundamentals will be the same. Its important to look after your tattoo and you're pretty much the only person who really benefits from it so make sure you do a good job!


Going on holiday? To a festival? How about that diving trip you always wanted to go on? Maybe try and plan ahead to make sure that you don't have to miss on laying by the pool in the sunshine before you book your tattoo. 


You shouldn't give up looking after your tattoo after a couple of weeks just because it looks healed. Its going to be on your body a long time and if you look after it now it should still look great.





  • Always wash your hands before touching your tattoo.
  • Keep your tattoo wrapped for 2-3hrs then give it a good wash with soapy water (antibacterial soap preferred).
  • For the first 24hrs, keep your tattoo completely wrapped only removing the bandage to clean. from the next day, there’s no need to wrap it anymore.
  • continue to wash 2-3 times a day, pat dry, let it air for 5-10 minutes & apply a small amount of cream.
  • After your tattoo has healed (approx 7-10 days), it will remain dry for a few weeks. Continue with cream or moisturiser until it’s completely settled.


  • Soak your tattoo (no swimming, baths, spas)
  • Have prolonged sun exposure or sun bake.
  • Pick at or scratch your tattoo or let other people touch it. 
  • Listen to friends, or strangers about aftercare.

Half the job is getting the tattoo & the other half is how you take care of it! Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions!

Instagram:  @_littletokyo_
Facebook: @littletokyotempleofart
Phone: (+61)2 9211 4023






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Our lovely ladies Maija Arminen and Som Nakburin a.k.a Miss Orange, will be attending the Brisbane Tattoo Expo at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre next weekend.
The Expo will be located in South Brisbane and occupies most of the block formed by Grey Street, Melbourne Street, Merivale Street, and Glenelg Street.

Maija who is much loved for her unique custom take on art nouveau is booked out at Little Tokyo for months, but does still have space on the Sunday at the Expo, so if you would like to get yourself a space then head over to her Facebook here to enquire. 

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Som gives a whole new meaning to Japanese tattooing and has created a gorgeous selection of muted tones and bold colours in her very own colour pallete. Som has left some space on the weekend for walk ups, 2 on Saturday and 1 on Sunday so if you are interested be sure to head in early and catch up with her for an appointment. 

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The event is ticketed and you can purchase one here. Even if you don't plan on getting tattooed you should definitely still try and check it out, come say hi to our girls, there will be some amazing art, merchandise for sale (because who doesn't love a good custom t-shirt and stickers!) over 300 artists, live entertainments and big giveaways. If you are unable to make this one, keep an eye out on our social media for where out lot will be attending over the year. 



Returning back from the English summer to her new home away from home Cally Jo is now back in Sydney and will be chipping away at work from next week. Cally Jo is taking bookings  for the month of July ONLY before returning back to the UK to start filming a new series of MTV's JUSTTATTOOOFUS.

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If you're looking for some attention to detail Cally Jo is your girl. Her black and grey realism, contrary to what you see on the square box in your living room, has its own delicate flourish and a strong personality (kind of like Cally).  

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Get in touch with the studios for information regarding how to get a booking. Unfortunately given the time restrictions she may not be able to see everyone that would like an appointment but we will do what we can to get you in and keep you smiling :)

Manché all well and rested!

Luke Manché is known for his black bold lines and dotwork/mandala designs and has been perfecting his style over the years to get where he is now. 

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But now and then all great artist need a break, while spending the last 2 weeks overseas in the warm weather of Bali, where he enjoys his other passion of surfing. 

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When Luke is all well and rested and has returned at the end of this month, he'll be ready to start new artworks both on canvas and bodies. His books are now officially opened!!!!

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Please contact Luke directly on for all bookings enquires. 









Kade aka BLAKXCRESCENT has also returned form his overseas getaways from Canada and Hawaii, we were hoping he would be bringing back some sunshine but maybe we will have to rely on Luke Manche to sneak it back to us when he returns from Bali at the end of the month. That being said Cally Jo will also be returning to us very soon from the UK and will be taking bookings for the Month of July. Even though it is currently summer over in lovely England I would probably still put my money on Bali. Keep your eyes and ears open for more on these two very soon.

If your into some seriously good black and grey realism with a life of its own trust me you wanna be CHECKING KADE OUT.

He is currently taking booking for November time so get in touch with him if you are interested in his work, his books do fill up fast so don't hang about. Keep up to date with him on his instagram, he does try and get about with some visits planned to Melbourne this weekend, Gold Coast on the 6th-8thJuly and then New Zealand later in the year. Unfortunately he has filled all of these spots but you wont be disappointed if you like good views, sick cars, and big fluffy dogs (because who doesn't) !!




Escaping the Sydney winter breeze for some Canadian sunshine Cole was working in Vancouver for a couple of weeks at Monkey King Tattoo Studio. If you have been keeping up with his Instagram stories you’ll have seen that he’s been having a wicked time.  

Canada -  we hope he hasn’t been too much trouble, Cole - Glad to have you back buddy! He is back in the studio at Little Tokyo now, give us a call on 0292114023 if you would like to enquire about a booking, or alternatively email

Here are just a couple of images to reflect his time there, head over to his Instagram to check out some of his work. 


You might recognise this lovey face if you have ever spent time at Lighthouse Tattoo over in Botany. Brett Hayes has now joined the Little Tokyo Crew and with a strong background in Japanese tattooing he fits right in!

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Brett studied art from high school and went on to complete an Active Diploma in Fine Arts and started tattooing in 2009. He also has some really awesome Oil Painting over on his website you can check out here. 

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Although Brett leans towards a Japanese style of tattoo’s he is very creative and open to other designs.

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For bookings you can get in touch on 0292114023 or alternatively email

Working days Fridays – Mondays and his books are well and truly open. 


Little Tokyo’s artist Maija Arminen is featured in one of Australia’s most unique online art magazine “Beautiful Bizarre”. 

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Maija comfortably opens up about turning her art from paper and canvas to people’s bodies, she talks about everything from what makes a good artist to her influences in her life and all things that make Maija who she is today! It is a really good read, inspiring and she put a lot into her answers and I would really recommend this as it may give you a different insight to the tattooing world.

Maija moved over to Australia from Finland with her partner nearly 7 years ago and has always worked super hard for her well-deserved place. She is so down to earth, humble and warm and it is really nice to see her work being appreciated on this kind of level. 

To read the full interview click here

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MARCH 2018


Firstly, we would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who came and saw us at the Sydney Australian Tattoo Expo. Its a really long weekend but its great to be able to meet lots of new people and absorb inspiration from everyone who is there. We had a really great time and  even managed to bag a few awards. 

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Well done to Kade who won Best Neo Traditional, Jimi May who won Best Large Black and White, Rhys Gordon who won Best Sleeve and W.T.Norbert who won Best Traditional AND Best of Sunday. 


In case you missed it Haewall joined us all the way from Korea and stuck around for the week after for a guest spot at the Studio. Known for his flawless Irezumi style Haewall and Rhys Gordon got together for some collaboration tattoos which you can see below. Haewall is currently away from Sydney but will be rejoining us at the end of April for one more week. Get in touch with the studio directly for more info.  

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The atmosphere in the studio was extra special as we not only had Haewall but Mayo who is known for his unique freehand lettering, stayed with us for a week too. He mostly works from Melbourne but keep an eye on his social media accounts here as he has some travel plans coming up shortly. 

@BLAKCRESCENT  -  at The Australian Tattoo Expo

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P: (02) 9211 4023  


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Open 7 days a week, 11am - Late


Available for bookings, contact the studio directly for bookings. 


Rolling into the year as busy as always, Rhys still has appointments for this year and will be appearing at a convention or two so keep your eyes peeled.

Follow him over on his Instagram for any updates or get in touch with the studio directly for bookings. 

Open 7 days a week, 11am - Late

P: (02) 9211 4023  |  E:   Instagram @_littletokyo_



She's a popular one and you can see why. Maija has been extremely busy with some larger designs recently on some trooper clients. 

Below, an armpit to ankle Pheonix on the lovely Amy, still in progress.

Middle, colour added to the beautiful mystical lady for Alex.   

Bottom, a masterpiece of Flowers and Birds on Julie.

Maija's books are currently closed until around mid 2018 but be sure to keep up with her and her colourful journey over on her Instagram.

For more information about Maija's availability, contact the studio directly. 

Open 7 days a week, 11am - Late

P: (02) 9211 4023  |  E:   Instagram @_littletokyo_