The key to enduring any session is to relax, stay focused and breathe. In today's world, a private studio is unique in the fact that it's possible to get tattooed without exposing yourself to the overwhelming nature of a "walk in" shop.
Irezumi is a style of tattooing that gets better with age. The wear and tear of life help to create a layer of, what's called, Patina.
I told her I wanted this tattoo to look like her first and last tattoo. It could easily be add to it after it's initial completion without any worry of taking away from the original. This is why Irezumi works so well.
Background is everything. It sets the Japanese tattoo apart from American and Western styles. Simply copying it yields a generic look. It's essential to be mindful of nature and how it interacts with the story being told. Weaving it into the tattoo is what makes it whole and authentic.