FROM THE ARTIST
“I’ve enjoyed working in many different styles of tattooing throughout my career, but the history, symbolism, and powerful aesthetic of Japanese tattooing has always attracted me the most."
Kabuto Japanese Tattoo
The samurai mask and traditional Kabuto helmet are a favorite subject matter among many Japanese style tattooers. Joseph chose to incorporate chrysanthemums and wind bars to his brother's tattoo to really give it that extra bit of pop.
blue kirin sleeve
Known as Kirin in Japan, this mythical hoofed half dragon is regarded as divine, and is said to appear with the arrival or passing of sage or illustrious ruler. Although they can look fearsome, many think Kirin are gentile creatures that only punish the wicked.
Tiger and Koi Sleeve
An uncommon match up in traditional Japanese tattooing, this tiger and koi sleeve was done as a special request for a client. Peony flowers, rocks and Japanese finger waves compliment the subject matter, making this one of our favorite tattoos by Joe Caram.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Like many tattoo artists here at Guru, Joseph Caram has experience tattooing different genres and styles of tattoo. However, he quickly realize that he was most passionate about the rich tradition and bold imagery associated with Japanese tattoos.
Traditional motifs filled with mythical creatures like Dragons, Kirins and Foodogs, and real animals like tigers and koi accompanied by Japanese flowers, patterns and the 4 natural elements are all very common in Joe's work.