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Campaign Narrative Strategy
for Tattoo Publishing House 

Founded in 2011, Kintaro Publishing is a renowned publisher dedicated to capturing the world of tattoos in print.


The proudly independent art publisher and printmaker spotlights the remarkable creativity and diversity in tattoo art. As customer-facing businesses shut down during the pandemic, tattoo studios closed and artists could not travel.


The Kintaro Italy Tour in September of 2021 marked a return to the road inspired by the spirit of connection in the tattoo community. 


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From Subculture to Pop Culture and Art


A member of the tattoo community since 1993, the brand's founder is today a recognized driving force in elevating the work of international artists.


The spirit of independence and the counterculture roots of tattoo art serve as a notable entry point for our extensive research and cultural exploration.


Every stop on the tour becomes an opportunity to narrate local counterculture and introduce tattoo history in its connection to space and time.


From sailor tattoos in Genua, to the 61 tattoos of the 5300-Year-Old “Iceman” in Bolzano, Italy’s cities creates a narrative linked with the local artists at the heart of the tour. 

Rebel Brand Campaign Narrative


Brave new ideas are often born at the margins before they enter the mainstream culture.


The radical freedom outside of societal norms provides room for the free-spirited to do it their way. Elevating the work of tattoo artists to published works of art is a brave new idea.


The tone of voice of the campaign represents the ethos of the brand and highlights the strong sense of community in tattooing as the motivation behind the tour.


From the multilingual press release to the landing page, email campaign and social media posts, every carefully crafted piece of content reflected a rebel brand with an adventurous spirit. 

Art meets Counterculture


A counter culture exploration of the eleven stops on the Italy tour formed the narrative thread of our campaign copywriting.


From the history of soldier tattoos in ancient Rome to the contemporary creative scene in Milan every city has a story to tell as we explored the historical connections and the influence of tattoo artists in contemporary art.


The goal fo the brand and campaign narrative was to engage a multitude of artists and fans, all distinct in their art and style.


A celebration of diversity and culture focused on the people at the heart of the community: the independent tattoo artists and studios, and the publishing brand that celebrates their art. 

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The Intersection
of Art and Counterculture 

At Shimeji Creatives we value introducing new audiences to brands and projects with purpose. 

The first conversation with the brand founder launched a collaboration that extended from the initial campaign to include the launch of two new artists. By elevating the art of tattooing in high-quality print, Kintaro connects the energy of a new generation of artists with the tradition of tattoo pioneers


Our campaign narrative presented the perspective of a brand that was welcomed in this world with open arms and gratitude.


The tour was about reconnecting with old friends and expanding the circle. All rebels welcome.


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As a creative agency for purpose-driven brands, we support brands aligned in values with great storytelling. Unearthing stories that move people inspire effective narratives that captivate audiences and grow brands. 

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