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