Hakutaku Tattoo is the private studio of Vanessa Van de Voorde. All tattoos are done in Japanese style.
Drawing, sketching & painting were Vanessa's passions since childhood. From the age of 15 on she chose to attend art school Saint-Lucas in Ghent. She graduated with a high school degree of visual arts. Next, in 2002, she also obtained a masters' degree of “audiovisual arts, option animation” (KASK, school of arts, HoGent).
Working as an animator is not evident though. Hence why the next few years consisted of all kinds of different jobs & courses. Drawing however remained a daily habit. Around 2005 the interest in tattoos started – first as an eager customer, and since 2009 as a tattoo-artist herself.
In March of 2010 Vanessa's own studio opened, “Toryumon Tattoo” in Ghent. The studio evolved throughout the years. The shop space in the Kortrijksepoortstraat was a large & open store. There were fixed opening hours, everyone could drop by, and tattoos of many styles got done. In the big backroom there was a Japanese martial arts studio as well as shingon buddhist meditation classes.
After several years the focus shifted more & more to tattoos solely in Japanese style. Other styles gradually disappeared. Due to practical reasons the choice was also made to become a private studio, where a session can only be booked beforehand (online).
In July 2016 the studio moved to a smaller space. Still in Ghent, but away from the city center. At this time the name changed from “toryumon” to “kuroneko” (black cat). At the end of 2017 the name changed once again, due to a copyright claim from Spain – the final name became "Hakutaku". The studio can still be reached by public transport. The correct address is only given via mail.