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The geometric god, best known as Nissaco, is a tattoo artist from Osaka whose combination of heavy blackwork, intricate dot-work, geometric patterns and traditional Japanese iconography is simply breathtaking. “Much of my work is based on the Japanese style,” Nissaco says to Tattoo Life. “And although I don’t pay that much attention to my roots or to certain rules, I feel that certain ideas which come to me spontaneously are nonetheless influenced by my culture. In any case, what matters most to me is to be free and to always do interesting pieces.”

Unafraid of bending the rules, Nissaco’s work, although experimental, does require considerable technical skill; spontaneity and artistic freedom are also keys to creating his unique bodysuits of black. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing one of his works up-close, a double-take is a guarantee, followed by a “Sugoi!”, or “wow” in any other language.

Today, Nissaco has an Instagram following of over 350k, with an average waiting period of one year for a once in a lifetime booking with him. Culture Cartel is honoured to have Nissaco headline our inaugural event. Here, we continue our chat with him.

What is your favourite part of being a tattoo artist?
I’m not sure about my favourite part but tattooing is my life.

What is it like being a tattoo artist in Japan?
So much problem being a tattoo artist in Japan, but I just don’t care about it.

Who does your tattoos for you?
All of it were done by my friends.

What has been your favourite moment in your career, so far?
When I got first place at the London Tattoo Convention.

What advice can you give to artists who are just starting out?
Just keep willing to learn, and do not copy from other artists.

Buy your tickets to Culture Cartel here and watch Nissaco up-close in action!