howls moving castle tattoo

Hayao Miyazaki tattoo sleeve on Jean-Pierre Saint-Tran by Andy Kurth

The sleeve includes the submarine from Ponyo; the bathhouse, No Face, and soot sprites from Spirited Away; the tree spirits from Princess Mononoke; Kiki and Jiji from Kiki’s Delivery Service; Totoro and his friends from My Neighbor Totoro; the castle from Howl’s Moving Castle; and Laputa from Castle [sic] in the Sky.


Third session of lining. Only characters left to add now are Sophie and Howl, and a quick addition to Haku since one of his hands needs to be adjusted before it goes on for good. This session saw the addition of Howl’s castle, the Nightwalker/Great Forest Spirit, Porco Rosso (via his plane), and Catbus, another little totoro, Satsuki and Mei.

I’m so impressed with Nadia’s work. She’s done an amazing job so far and I’m looking forward to getting into colouring with her right away!

Interestingly the inside of my arm didn’t hurt much at all when it was going on. It stung, but it was way better than I thought it would be… The day after was freakishly terrible, haha, but after I put some moisturizer on there it finally stopped hurting.

Next session is in just under two weeks, so more photos to come after that.

EDIT: If you like what you’re seeing and you’re in the Edmonton area, my artist is Nadia Farhat, at The Mile. She’s amazing and you should go see her! :D

My birthday present to myself is artwork from Howl’s Moving Castle (my favorite studio Ghibli film) and a quote from the movie that I didn’t realize carried such relevance to me. This year has taught me that I have the capability to love and love again no matter how much it hurts. I always love with my whole being, and sometimes the weight is just too much and I am left broken. It’s a burden I bear to love so deeply, but I’m learning to love that part of me too ✨