Aly Kurti

I have gotten a number of tattoos from Toshio Shimada. I think he is the best artist whose work I have seen in all of Brasil. The amount of people that remark on the quality of his work both here, the USA and in Europe is astounding. His studio is very well run, exceptionally clean and very polite staff. Not much more to say except that when you want the best, see Shimada-sama.

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. 島田俊夫  私は日本人とブラジル人のハーフです。 1985年から父の店にてプロの彫師としてのキャリアをスタートしました。 1994年に群馬県大泉町に、2001年に東京都渋谷区に店をオープンしました。 これまでにイタリア、スペイン、ロサンゼルス、ニュウーヨーク.......等さまざまな国を訪れいろんな国際タトゥーコンベンショんに  参加してきました。 現在は東京都渋谷区に籍を置き、和彫りを中心に活動を行っております。