Tot-too artist: Girl follows in father’s footsteps by becoming tattoo artist at the age of six
This young girl is following in her father’s footsteps having become a tattoo artist at just SIX YEARS OLD.
Noko Nishigaki, now 9, has built a growing list of clients and often uses her father’s skin as a canvas to practice on.
Born in Japan but having recently moved to Amsterdam, Netherlands, Noko tattoos out of parlour belonging to her father, Kenji, an infamous Japanese tattooist who goes by the name “Gakkin.”
Talented Noko has developed her skills over the past three years, and she is now responsible for designing, practicing and executing her own ideas, often choosing to draw delicate birds and dream-catchers.
The youngster takes around two hours to complete each piece and uses silicon, oranges and her father’s skin to practice her designs on.
Noko seeks her inspiration from John James Audubon book of bird painting masterpieces that was printed in the early 1800s.
When she isn’t sporting temporary tattoo sleeves and holding a tattoo gun in her hand, Noko’s other hobbies include dancing and gaming with her friends.
Her father, Kenji said: “Noko’s clients always look very happy when they get a tattoo done by her.
“She receives many warm messages and often cheers from them.
“Her favorite thing to design is birds – she has many stuffed bird toys and even has a pet bird, who is currently being looked after by her grandparents in Japan.
“She designed her first tattoo when she was six-years-old and received an honorable mention award for a drawing contest for an insurance company.
“She is really looking forward to going back to Japan and seeing her bird again.”
The nine-year-old never charges for her tattoos and artistically, her only aspiration is to be able to draw a “beautifully straight line.”