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Japanese Tattoos

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Japanese Tattoos | Port City Tattoo

Port City Tattoo is known for their diversity in style and techniques of tattooing. We are also widely revered for our exceptional Traditional Japanese Tattoos and Asian Tattoo Art. We have perfected the art of this style of tattooing. From discrete and simplistic Japanese tattoo designs, to awe-inspiring torso tattoos that cover a huge portion of the body, our Tattoo Artists in Costa Mesa and Long Beach can work with you on any concept or idea.

If you have a hankering to get a traditional Japanese tattoo at our Long Beach or Costa Mesa Tattoo Shop, Port City Tattoo has got you covered, literally! Whether you are going for a colorful and intricate Irezumi Tattoo, a dragon tattoo, a Koi Fish Tattoo, or a simply an elegant cherry blossom tattoo, our professional tattoo artists at Port City Tattoo are here to deliver you excellence in every inch of your chosen tattoo design. Our highly talented staff at our Port City tattoo shops can reference a picture or drawing, or we can free-hand a custom sketch based on the description of Japanese tattoo you’re trying to go for. We also welcome all guests that visit our Port City Tattoo Shop and peruse our huge catalog of Artist Portfolios to see if something catches your eye.


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Location of Port City Tattoo


Port City Tattoo has two locations, our original tattoo shop in Long Beach and our sister tattoo shop in Costa Mesa. Both locations are convenient to all of Los Angeles county and Orange County. Travel a little further for the best that LA has to offer. You can’t let a thing like distance come between you and quality tattooing!!

The Best Japanese Tattoos in Los Angeles

Bold, classic and sure to turn heads, Port City’s expertly inked Japanese Tattoos, sometimes referred to as Irezumi tattoos have been around for a while and are thick with symbolism and meaning. As with any art form that has stood the test of time and culture, tattooing continues to evolve, but the basics remain the same. Port City Tattoo makes it a point to deliver the best Japanese Tattoo designs in Orange County and Los Angeles.

Top 3 Port City Japanese Tattoos

Here are some popular Japanese tattoos that are inspirational designs for all ages.

1. Koi Fish Tattoos
Japanese Tattoos Los Angeles

Port City Tattoo | Koi Fish Tattoos

Koi Fish Tattoos are commonly comprised of intricate lines and curves with vibrant colors. Koi Fish Tattoos are usually quite expansive so that you can properly showcase the detailed ink work of the tattoo and are not a great choice for those that are not fond of body art or symbolism. Koi is the Japanese word for Carp and this fish is frequently seen throughout mythology as a symbol of good luck and good fortune. Legend has it that Koi fish climb the falls of the Yellow River to evolve into dragons. Koi Fish Tattoos often are a symbol of strength and perseverance and are chosen by those that set lofty expectations in their lives.

There are different color categories for Koi Fish Tattoos that represent varying attributes. There is a Red Koi Fish Tattoo that is the more contemporary of Koi colors. It expresses love, mostly of a masculine nature and is very energetic and strong. Black Koi Fish Tattoos are all about someone overcoming a major change and being successful. Blue Koi Fish Tattoos are sometimes the representation of reproduction. Additionally is the Blue Koi is positioned upwards, symbolizing swimming upstream, it denotes that someone is overcoming personal adversity. Adversely. if the Blur Koi Fish is swimming downstream it reflects that a person has already overcome the problem they had been faced with. Generally Koi Fish Tattoo represent strength, love, beauty and rebirth.

2. Dragon Tattoos

Traditionally, in the West, dragon tattoos symbolize strength, wealth and longevity. Other meanings that have been attached to dragon tattoos are wisdom, the power of wind and water and being a force of good in the world. In traditional Japanese tattoo art culture dragons are viewed as generous yet benevolent creatures that use their power to do good for their people and all of mankind. The positive myths surrounding dragon tattoos have made them one of the more popular choices for Japanese tattoo art throughout the decades.

3. Tiger Tattoos

Japanese tiger tattoos carry with them the same traits that we attribute to the real life big cat. Symbolizing strength, grace, courage and the protector against bad luck, tiger tattoos have long been thought to ward off bad spirits as well as disease. Tigers are one of the four sacred animals in Japanese culture. In many ancient prints you will see a tiger fighting off demons (Oni) at the side of “Shoki” The demon queller. Tiger Tattoos symbolize the North and represent the season of Autumn and control of the winds.

Japanese Tattoos in Orange County & Los Angeles

Our tattoo family is just as important to us as our beloved clients. That’s why Port City Tattoo goes above and beyond to only hire the very best tattooists from all over the world. Our expert tattoo artists each have over ten years of experience in a wide variety of tattooing techniques. Some of the styles of tattoos that we offer at Port City Tattoo include black and grey portraits, Traditional  Tattoos, Realistic Ink, Japanese tattoos, designs and lettering, Koi Fish Tattoos, Sacred Geometry tattoos and Geometric Tattoos, amongst a catalog of others. We have a total of eight artists on staff at any given time. Come in and we’ll set you up with the artist that best compliments your style.

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Additionally, if you are feeling a little adventurous and have a concept, but no visual aid to reference, our Port City Tattoo Artists can help you describe your idea accurately and then sketch it out for you. Upon your thumbs-up we then begin the process of making it a permanent masterpiece on your skin. Get the artistry your body deserves, come to Port City Tattoo in either Long Beach or Costa Mesa for all of your Japanese Tattoo needs.

All of Port City’s Japanese tattoos deliver a unique look. Visit one of our award winning tattoo shops in Long Beach or Costa Mesa today and get inked by the best in the Southwest. 

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Port City is Proud to extend its traditional tattooing services to following cities :

Costa Mesa • Long Beach • Downey • Huntington Beach • Redondo Beach • Hermosa Beach • Anaheim • Santa Ana • Orange County • Orange • Torrance • Irvine • Tustin • Lakewood • Cypress • Newport Beach • Seal Beach • Los Alamitos • Garden Grove • Westminster • San Pedro • Signal Hill • Fullerton • Buena Park • Mission Viejo • Carson • Fountain Valley • La Palma • Cerritos • Compton • Rossmoor • Bellflower • Stanton • Laguna Hills • Lake Forest • Gardena • Lawndale • Palos Verdes • Lomita • Paramount • Laguna Beach • San Joaquin Hills • Manhattan Beach • Norwalk • La Mirada • Lynwood • South Gate • Whittier • Pico Rivera • Yorba Linda • Santa Fe Springs • Dana Point • Corona Del Mar • Torrance