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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  


  Instagram @_littletokyo_


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_


Little Tokyo is located Unit 505, 342 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills, Sydney. 

We are a very short walk (100 meters) away from Central Station, tucked away up the top of the building on the 5th floor.

We thought we would be super helpful and have a short video made for those who wanted to find us as easily as possible, and for those who's google maps has a mind of its own (all of ours). 

The best way to navigate to us, is to come out of Central Station on Elizabeth Street, cross the road over to Woolies, take a right and carry on up Elizabeth Street away from the City. You will see the rooftop hotel, cross the zebra crossing here. Then you should see Redfish Thai, Al-Rayyan- Halal Indian Restaurant and then a doorway with some letterboxes, your nearly there.

Buzz 505 and one of ladies on reception will let you in. If you still can't find us give us a ring 02 9211 4023. 





Originally from South Korea Hun has been living in Australia for quite some time now and has been super busy over the past month finishing some larger pieces which are looking awesome! 

Specialising in black and grey realism, he is available for appointments and has some time next week including a full day on Friday.

Contact the studio directly for bookings and enquiries. 
P: (02) 9211 4023  |  E:   Instagram @_littletokyo_

Follow him on Instagram over here