Tatuador desde os 10 anos, Toshio Shimada, 43, coleciona clientes fiéis em seu estúdio na Rua Galvão Bueno. Referência no estilo tradicional japonês de tatuagem, o wabori, ele trabalhou no Japão durante vinte anos antes de abrir seu negócio por aqui.
My name is Toshio Shimada and I’m a tattoo artist. I was born in Brazil and I now live in Japan. My parents in of European and Japanese in origin. I started tattooing in Brazil with my father in 1985. In 1994 I opened my own studio in Japan. My style of tattoo is called Wabori (Japanese style) and also Tebori style that uses bamboo sticks bundled together forming many needles at the top. I use my own Tebori too for some events. My tattoo drawings of demons and dragons have many stories. As tattoo artists in Japan we work in groups. Due to the strong sense of community in the Japanese culture. also I work with another artist from different country . I worked in Gunma prefecture, north of Tokyo for several years and now Yuuji Motegi is working there. I have a studio in Tokyo Shibuya, where I do my work when I'm in Japan. I work mostly in traditional Japanese styles, sometimes the old school “sailors tattoo” style. I have worked in various places around the world. Some of these places include Rome, Lisbon, Valencia, Barcelona, Ibiza, Madrid, New York, Miami, Bangkok London and Leeds UK. Sometimes I work in Los Angeles doing private tattooing and working on new designs. I enjoy participating in various tattoo conventions all around the world. I am interested any opportnities which may come along.