Avant-garde Tattoo Art & Brand Styling

R. Simmons

Imani is absolutely THE BEST!! Very clear and informative of the whole process, willing to work with you to create your vision, and just an ALL AROUND GREAT HUMAN!!!

T. Josephine

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P. Taylor

The importance of finding an artist who you trust and vibe with is the most important part, IMO, in getting a quality tattoo. I have been a long time fan and friend of Imani, so I am totally and unapologetically biased. Her calm, warm demeanor puts you at ease, and her artistry is off the chain ... If you want quick and cheap and shoddy, leave her alone. You can not talk your way into a cheap tattoo from a quality artist. IJS. As for me, its an honor and a privilege to be inked by someone you respect and that is PRICELESS.

More Love

And what I believe within, 

I engrave within my skin



Big Ol’ Words

Hey fam!  I am Imani K Brown

Avante-garde Tattoo & Brand Stylist

Hi there! I’m Imani K. Brown (イマーニ),  international tattoo artist/ illustrator, author and founder of Little INKPLAY Shop, Empowering Tattoo Fashion House & Kawaii Culture Hub native to Washington, DC. I come to tattoo as a self-harmer and have taken time to become a well-rounded tattoo artist, proficient in a number of styles. These days I work between DC and Japan, as a bespoke tattoo stylist, offering healing tattoo experiences to unique people and encouraging radical self-love through the art of tattoo.


My 18+ year tattoo journey as a rare Black female tattoo artist presented the happenstance of me being the 2nd prominent Black female tattoo artist in US history. And at this intersection in my career, my goal is to show the world the power of tattoo artistry as a visual art and form of healing, through a kawaii lens. Though I specialise in Japanese-inspired and fine-line work for dark skin, most styles for every type of skin are warmly welcomed.


With a practice rooted in cultural experience and ancestral veneration, I have developed my own 'More Than A Tattoo' philosophical approach to guarantee care for each individual I touch, LITERALLY!


As seen on:

Color Outside the Lines / The Griot / The Black Unicorn Project / District Fray Magazine / Hyattsville CDC / Black Enterprise / Quirktastic / Voyage ATL / Black Enterprise / Black Girls Love Tattoo / The COMM / RUMOUR App