A tattoo parlor in and of itself is unique to Peru.
Co-owner Mike Lock, 22, opened Irezumi Tattoo, the first tattoo parlor Peru has seen in decades.
A Japanese pop culture theme, however, gives the parlor an even more unique atmosphere.
In the two months since it opened, Irezumi has been fully booked each day it’s been open. Lock said the Japanese pop culture theme sets his shop apart from other tattoo shops in the region.
“(The theme) is something all of us and the artists can agree on and enjoy,” Lock said. “It brings something new to the area when really the only thing that’s relatively close to Asian culture is restaurants. It brings in people who like getting tattoos … and people who just want to come in and check it out.”