Japanese Irezumi Style Tattooing in Dallas


Scott Cooksey has dedicated 25 years of his tattooing career here in the North Dallas/DFW area to the Japanese Irezumi style of tattooing. Focusing on accuracy in design, layout, and theme, Scott strives to keep the imagery as accurate and authentic as possible. Tattooing timeless imagery that will last a lifetime in all sizes from a single image, half-sleeve, full-leg, full-sleeve, or chest to a backpiece or full bodysuit.

Traditional Irezumi Style Tattoos

Applying Irezumi on all types of clients, male and female, and all tones of skin is common practice. Traditional Japanese tattoos are for people from all walks of life and professions from the blue-collar oil field workers of west Texas to police, fire, first responders, teachers and doctors. Using only the highest quality tattoo inks, needles, machines, and supplies, Scott works quickly and efficiently. The client leaves satisfied that one’s received a large amount of exceptional work for your hard-earned money. 

Our Approach to Traditional Japanese Tattoos in Dallas

Scott’s approach to the Irezumi style tattooing is simple- Hes starts with an in-person consultation with the client. At the consultation you can expect guidance on the main theme you’ve chose as well as a discussion about placement and color choice. You can also expect to discuss the hourly rate of the work, deposit information, aftercare guidance and appointment setting. If the client doesn’t already have the main subject matter, Scott can make suggestions based on what you want your tattoo to mean to you. This subject matter often includes Mythological creatures like dragons, kirins, baku, phoenix, hannya, Koi (carp), samurai, snakes, tiger, spider, namakubi, yokia, tigers, snakes, shi shi (foo dog), oni, Raijin, Fudo and other protector deities. These are common imagery of the Irezumi tattoo style. In many cases clients want certain imagery just because they like the look of it rather than it having a deep meaning. There’s no rules to that. Once the main idea is decided then Scott proceeds to suggest the surrounding imagery of the main imagery chosen. This includes an array of traditional Japanese flowers that can accompany the main figures and options such as flowers like the peony, cherry blossoms, plumb blossom, chrysanthemum, as well as maple leaves, good luck charms, etc. And of course, it has to all be tied together with the traditional Japanese style background. This includes “wind bars”, clouds, “finger” waves, rocks, flames and any natural or supernatural elements. The background imagery is the common thread that ties the whole design and story together to give it that classic and authentic appearance. There are some guidelines and rules into compositions of large Irezumi work. Some flowers go with some imagery, certain flowers of certain seasons will go with just some imagery. The color of a maple leaf will signify what season it is. Cherry blossoms will also signify what season it could be. Endless possibilities. An Irezumi masterpiece is deeply powerful. Every tattoo done in the Irezumi fashion tells a story about the adorner. 

History of Japanese Irezumi Style Tattoos

Traditional Japanese tattooing, aka Irezumi, originated during the Edo period (1603-1868). Woodblock prints from the Edo period played a significant role in the creation and design of the Irezumi tattoo. The woodblock prints of the Edo period in Japan had become increasingly popular back then and opened up more creative doors for tattooers or “horishi” to produce more thought-out and creative tattoo imagery. Woodblock carvers, kite makers, and painters were among the first to tattoo this classic imagery. The great Japanese artists Hokusai and Kuniyoshi’s works have been highly influential in modern Irezumi tattooing. Clients desiring darker and frightful imagery often used Hokusai and Kuniyoshi imagery and influence in depicting the attractive more dark and mythological style in their art. Many different classes and craftsmen from the Edo period and beyond had tattoos of certain imagery representing roles they played in society. For example, firefighters had a very risky job. They would get full body suits as a spiritually protective good luck suit to shield them from the dangers of fighting fires. Common imagery seen with these firefighters’ tattoos often featured scenes with dragons and water symbolizing their battle against fire. 

Choosing a Japanese Tattoo Artist

Japanese tattooing has gained significant popularity over the last 20 years and is more popular than ever. There are plenty of artists that do Japanese tattooing, but consider that they all have a certain degree of skill and a certain degree of accuracy in the craft. If one does a basic Google search you will find some Japanese imagery, but if you dig hard enough, you’ll realize that much of these images are not composed correctly and have a non-authentic look. If you’re looking for proper tattooing in the Japanese Irezumi motif one must include the word “Irezumi” in your search. When searching for an Irezumi artist that suits you best, the proof is in their portfolio pictures. Social media popularity means nothing in choosing a properly qualified artist for the job. Look for pictures of healed tattoos that have been settled into the skin. Any tattooer can post a new picture of a fresh tattoo that looks incredible, but that doesn’t mean that it will heal exactly looking the way that it does fresh. What you’re looking for in a traditional Japanese tattoo is accuracy of the design and theme, solid and clean black lines, smooth and well-thought-out shading and coloring balance and background composition. The coloring should not be uneven, splotchy, or scratchy. Color and black shading should heal nice and smooth and have the opaque appearance of melted crayons.

Nowadays in the west and even common in modern Japan, tattoo machines are used to produce the Irezumi tattoo rather than the historic tradition of the Tabori application. In the past, Japanese tattooing has primarily been done with the a needle-bearing tool and in application called Tabori. This method has a great look to it when it’s been applied properly. Tabori takes years and years of experience under a master to apply a clean looking and solid tattoo with this method. Although he deeply respects the application of the Tabori tattoo Scott strictly uses modern tattoo machines. Modern tattoo machines apply more clean, consistent, and solid line work as well as being able to pack color more smooth and more opaque. Not to mention modern tattoo machines get the job done much quicker than the classic and unfortunately outdated Tabori. There are many excellent Tabori artist still practicing the craft around the world. These people have decades and decades of experience under the guise of their master.

If you’re thinking about getting a traditional Japanese tattoo in Dallas, contact Lone Star Tattoo for a consultation.

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Lex N.
Rain did a phenomenal job on my tattoo!Great person and great artist. Will definitely be back
Ara A.
My friend and I were able to get in day of with Rain! It was an amazing experience. He’s super personable and was a great artist. We are so happy with his work and will recommend forever!
Maia C.
My friend and I had Rain as our artist and he was AMAZING. He talked to us the whole time, keeping lively conversation and made us both feel really...
Ruby S.
Never in my life had such a friendly tattoo artist as rain. went in for my second ever tattoo and my only large one so obviously I was a bit nervous. he ended up doing such an amazing job, 100% will be back and asking for him!!
Rain didn't hesitate to help me with my cover up tattoo. He already had a plan in mind and was ready to take the challenge. He worked with me about budgeting and ensuring the artwork was to my liking. He was also very informative about the process and communicates well. Highly recommend!
Alexander D.
Definitely gonna be making future appointments with Rain. Hes very knowledgeable and just wants what’s best for you and your skin. Very chill to work with and I love my new tattoo!
HaNnAH. E.
Amazing customer service! Rain is a very talented artist, he was super attentive and welcoming. We had an enjoyable experience, considering that i had my...
Lorina J.
Rain was so great!! Obsessed with the work he did. Me and my friend were walk-ins and Rain was able to take us - we love his work! These photos are taken about a month after we got them. Def recommend!!!
Alyssa H.
Favorite tattoo shop in the area! Just got my best one from Rain and it was such a great experience. Much love !!! 🙂
Macey E.
I’ve got a couple of tattoos from here and they’ve all been super high quality and the artists have been super cool to work with. Shout to Rain, who’s new to the shop but was super enthusiastic and good to work with for my most recent one .
Rumell K.
Definitely go get your tattoos done by Rain here!! Not only is he knowledgeable and skilled, he takes the time and consideration into each of your designs/placements. The best!
Karen T.
I've been here two times for ear piercings and each time has been amazing! Each piercing was perfectly placed and I have zero complaints whatsoever. The staff are all so welcoming and friendly 🙂
This ain’t the best picture because I zoomed in, but it truly is fantastic!I walked in with just and idea of what I wanted and Rain took it and made it what I really wanted. I am in love with it. Thank you guys!Ps. They had a doggo there too (:
Mackenzie S.
Cassie is a rock star. She is amazing at what she does and got excited about my tattoos. It's always good when an artist is excited about the tattoos you...
Courtney T.
The staff here was able to sell me some jewelry and change my piercing jewelry all cheaply and quickly! It was incredibly convenient for me to fix my body jewelry after losing one of the beads.
Daniel C.
Josefine is the bomb! The shop is very clean & has great energy.I gave Josefine a picture of a tattoo I thought I wanted. As she was sketching it, I...
Noelle S.
Mia is the BEST! Coming out of a mid-life crisis, and new to the area, I woke up one day and decided I wanted my ears peirced. Some quick research... I realized I did NOT want to go the free gun style piecing at Walmart. That I wanted them hand needle pierced so they would heal faster and with less likelihood of complications. Also I wanted them properly centered in my lobes, which are nearly non-existent, hard to figure where to put the holes...Another shop highly rated on Yelp I stopped by, they were VERY expensive because they required I purchase stud jewelry from them at time of piecing, and the minimum plain black dots were.... $110! Plus $45 per ear... I was like I don't want your designer case jewelry dayum it! They wouldn't budge.So I stopped by Lonestar Tattoo on a whim driving by a month later. Mia explained their actually really cool cubic zirconia studs were FREE, included in the piecing price. GOOD. She was kind, patient, and answered all my questions. Then.. Once we started, she took the time to explain each step before she did it, asked permission every time she went to touch me so their were no surprises.... And took the time and care to really line up the markings and make sure they were gonna look centered.I was very confident thru the whole process, and she coached me on how to properly care for them, and where to buy jewelry when I'm ready. She also gave me her instagram for aftercare concerns and questions. 5 StARs for Mia! Triple AAA Plus!THanks Mia. I couldn't be happier.
Max I.
Mia is the BEST! Coming out of a mid-life crisis, and new to the area, I woke up one day and decided I wanted my ears peirced. Some quick research... I...
Max I.
Love it my girlfriend and I have gotten three tattoos in the last month or two between us. Excellent art, amazing service, incredible staff. 10 out of 10 would recommend.
Justin B.
Kat is the best!!!!!She is patient, listens to you, and is amazing. Thank you, Kat! 😊💜😊
Karla L.
Kat and Josefhine are awesome. Kat did the ghost cats and butterfly for me. Josefhine did my teapot. Great service and kind artists!! Love it here, my go to tattoo shop. Mia also helped me switch out my jewelry in my ear lobe and she was awesome.
Jenny H.
The custom tattoo @whip.witch gave me was absolutely perfect and exactly what I could have ever wanted for the start of my tattooing adventure. It still...
Sarah B.
You won't find better prices in Dallas for the quality work you get here. Also they make you feel like family! Most tattoo shops can be intimidating but here I didn't get that feeling. I get the family come on in anytime and we will take care of you feeling . You all are amazing and the attention to detail on the work is second to non . Thank you for providing an amazing place to go to .
Matthew W.
My Husband Got me a tattoo for my Birthday....we came in early Saturday as a walk in and were able to get right in. Loved the place! the staff was helpful...
Kristine G.
Kameron is awesome and treats you with respect and professionalism. Excellent experience.
Jake G.
Great place good people thanks from team 701 RECON
John J.
In 2019 I got dreamcatcher On my ankle I recommend lone star tattoo
Jessica B.
OMG I can not say enough wonderful things. Me and my daughter wanted a remembrance tatoo for my son and Cat was amazing. She worked with us on the design and came up with the perfect tattoo...she incorporated everything we wanted and created a beautiful work of art...My son's wife loved it and is going to get the same one too...This was my first tatoo and Cat made it very easy....I am forever grateful to have found the perfect place, the perfect artist and the perfect tatoo..My son was smiling down on me and his sister..I felt his presence and know he is proud..His heartbeat, his angel wings and his love for music is all here..
Tanja D.
Mark did my tattoo and it looks so awesome!!! Highly recommend anyone who wants to get there first tattoo go straight to him. He was so nice and understanding throughout the entire session and made me feel like I wasn’t even there to get a tattoo but to just catch up with an old friend. The tattoo looks amazing and he made it look even better then the original reference picture I showed him.
Fatima H.
Great shop! Mark did great work...my wife and myself got tattoos that honor our son.
Robert B.
This is my first tattoo and it was a great experience. The staff is super laid back and friendly. Definitely going back there if I decide to get another one.
Joe S.
Still best in DFW. Have a really great tattoo from there, and Matt is super cool and great at his craft of piercing
Eric C.
Loved it. I went to Josefine and she did such amazing work.
Amaris Von G
Rob did a great job communicating about my design and making sure we got a final image that we both love. Full of great ideas and a big personality.
Kameron A.
Rob was great! I told him what I wanted and he exceeded any and all expectations.
Jerry T.
If anyone is think of getting a tattoo please consider this place the whole staff is very awesome and ask for Kat for your tattoo needs she is awesome and very polite and will listen to all your needs plus she easy on the eyes
James H.
I've been to quite a few shops and this is by far my favorite place. Just a bunch of cool people busting out badass tattoos. Kam is an absolute PRO with my black and red sleeve, she even completely rescued a prior tattoo gone bad. Even getting stabbed repeatedly by a tiny needle for hours at a time, I always have a great experience with this shop.
Sam F.
Cam did a fantastic job on our tattoos. It was the first time for my husband and I, second time for our daughter. Reasonably priced, prices starting at $120, average price of ours was $150-200 depending on size and number. We are definitely hooked now 😊
Lena S.
Thin line work is really difficult but Rob made it look easy. He did an amazing job of combining two zodiac pieces into one and tying them into an existing...
Caroline C.
A wonderful experience! Extremely friendly staff, more than up to par hygiene practices, and good deals. Highly reccomend!
Sara W.
Today was my third visit to Lone Star, and just like the previous two times I've been, it was a fantastic experience. Went as a walk in, and was immediately...
Leigh B.
Rob was an excellent artist and I'm very happy w/ my tattoo!
Jason R.
Found this place on yelp prior to coming from Chicago to Dallas. Staff here was very professional and prompt in responding to my request. Kat was a joy to...
Malcolm W.
Matt is a consummate professional. Would recommend to my mother. Check them out!
Holly W.
Joshua C.
Everyone was professional and Scott gave me a fantastic piece of art. 10/10 recommend
Hive M.
I just recently got pierced from Matt and had the greatest experience. He advised me where the placement would look best and gave me great aftercare instructions. Would recommend!
Nicole H
I dont have a lot of tattoos...about a dozen or so. I have visited several local studios, and I was originally pleased with their efforts, but then I visited Lone Star Tattoo on Preston just south of Mapleshade. Walked in about a month ago and got a nice octopus from Josefhine and then last week I walked in with my son and got a compass from Ronin and my son got his first ink. Studio is warm and friendly and incredibly accommodating. Both pieces I got look great! I have at least three more pieces that I am looking forward to. Next visit, I will also hopefully have one of the Lone Star artists get my other tats up to what I now expect from a quality studio. Lone Star will definitely get all of my future business.
Todd P.
Second review of this awesome shop. Had the pleasure of being tattooed by Lance today, and he is amazing. He's incredibly personable, and funny. He's...
Leigh B.
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chengx X.
Very friendly service, well informed and knowledgeable. Quick action and very considerate to not rush too. It was a fun experience. Very clean and felt very comfortable to get the ear piercing.
aparna S.
The place was clean and everyone was super nice. If you're looking for a place for tattoos or piercings, this is the place. You won't be disappointed.
Angela M.
Should have left this review ages ago.I found them by accident at about 17 when my friend wanted to get her lip pierced. Matt, their piercer is a super nice dude. I ended up getting a bunch of my tattoos (and a few piercings!) there and have never been disappointed. No infections, relatively painless, and phenomenal work. I came back into town from California and got four done by Josefhine on Sunday (10.31.21) and could not have been happier with her work. She was the BEST.My friend got worked on my Kam at the same time, and equally enjoyed the experience. The ladies were all around very nice to socialise with while getting worked on.I will always go here for my work when possible. I just hate that I live so far away now.
San H.
Josh is AWESOME. Getting my first sleeve done - I checked out 4 or 5 shops until I found Lone Star. Clean, laid back, and tons of knowledge from all the staff. The feel of the place brings back good memories of the live music scene in Deep Ellum years ago, just the right amount of Texas dive bar - great music and excited people.I went in with an idea of what I thought I wanted... but Josh was completely candid and honest and educated me on what actually makes a great tattoo, and I'm glad he took the time to talk me through it instead of just trying to make my idea work. He's using my daughters art to cover my arm in ink, and I couldn't be happier with it so far. He works quickly and accurately, and you can tell he, Rob, and the other staff love their job. I'm three sessions in, and look forward to the end. I just don't know when I'm going to be able to stop...
Robert G.
I cannot say enough good things about this shop. Everyone I met was so friendly and went above and beyond on making me feel comfortable, heard, and happy!! Rob did my leg tattoo in the picture and he was also amazing!! Chill environment on top of everything else:))
Gabbi R.
Our Tattoo artist Miss Kameron was very, professional and awsome.
Eduardo V.
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Originally came in to get a Medusa piercing, but luckily Matt was there educate me about how the piercing can hurt my teeth and gums. Ended up getting my triples re-pierced instead, and Matt made sure to adjust the placement of the new ones, since the old ones were apparently done incorrectly. Very knowledgeable, professional, and nice guy. Will be back for any future piercing inquiries.
My friend and I walked in and were helped promptly and professionally. Everyone that worked there seemed pretty cool. & we both loved our tattoos. I’m here in town for another week so I’ll def be back.Thanks Josh for my awesome piece!!
Shante L.
My girlfriend and I got two amazing tattoos by Kameron!
Carly C
I went in there for the first time on Friday the 13'th. I read they had specials on piercings. I went in and got a double helix done. The wait for piercing took a while as they were very busy for Friday the 13'th. While waiting, the front desk individual was super nice and told me about how many people were ahead of me and about how much longer I would have to wait.Once it was my turn, Matt greeted me and had me follow him back to the piercing room. Matt is a super cool guy. He was very calm and made it to the point where nerves of a new piercing weren't there. He talked me through the process the entire time and was very professional with telling me I was doing great and called me homie multiple times. It was 100% worth the wait to have him do my double helix. I wouldn't want anyone else to pierce my ears from now on! I have had bad piercing experiences and he totally made it worth it and is amazing.Thanks Matt for everything!
Linzie H.
My daughter and I went for matching tattoos for her Birthday. Walk-In on a Saturday. Josh was amazing, got them knocked out in no time and they look amazing. So happy we got to check off a bucket list item and grateful to Josh and the team at Lone Star… already planning my next one!
Monica C.
Milan did such a great job on my tattoo! She was very kind and patient with me while we figured out what would look best and I was really impressed with how gentle she was (especially in the tender spots around my elbow). I'm so glad I chose her and I can't wait to come back and add to my new sleeve!I'll add photos once it heals a bit.
Katy R.
I got my nose pierced and Matt was great. He was super friendly and made me feel at ease & he even helped me with an issue I had with piercings I got elsewhere 🙂
Cam A.
I went in for 3 piercings in one sitting and was super nervous. Matt was calm and clearly explained each step. The whole process was quick and stress free! Can't wait to go back for more!
Erin K.
came in for a smallish arm piece, and it was such a great experience! everyone was so friendly and well informed, it was a clean space and i felt very welcomed and taken care of. Kameron did an amazing job, gave me clear info on aftercare, and my tattoo looks super sick!! absolutely recommend coming here 🙂
Jaylyn L.
Had a great appt with Kameron there. Cool vibe and aesthetic too.
Professional staff, I highly recommend this place.
David M.
K’Lee was great! My boyfriend and I got nose piercings out of town and his was so swollen that it needed a longer bar . Even though she didn’t do the initial piercing she was so helpful and did everything she could to help fix someone else’s mistake. We were also able to be seen within 30 min of calling before hand. The whole staff was friendly as well. Thank you again for taking care of us!
Mikayla M.
Great work, Justin is awesome!
Jeff Y.
Andrea Gibson is the BEST!
Kellie B.
Matt gave my friend and i some cool new piercings, and an awesome experience. Definitely coming back
Mariah D.
I mean super professional! Very clean and quick. I will definitely be back for more work. Came for a tongue piercing. Love love love the atmosphere!!!
LaTosha J.
I took my daughter to get her nose pierced and was extremely impressed! She was nervous and Matt was wonderful with her! We did not have an appointment and were seen right away. Will definitely be back.
Emily T.

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18804 Preston Rd.

Dallas, TX 75252

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