Girl, 9, Followed Dad's Footsteps and Has Been Tattoo Artist for 3 Years

The child was 6 when she first became a tattoo artist.

At the ripe old age of 9, a Japanese girl has been designing and drawing tattoos for three years.

Noko Nishigaki learned from her dad, Kenji, a well-known tattooist who goes by the name "Gakkin."

The child works in her father's salon, developing designs that often include her favorite subjects — delicate birds and dream catchers.

She spends about two hours on each design, and practices on silicon, oranges and her own dad's skin.

Her father said customers who purchase her designs "always look very happy when they get a tattoo done by her," reported Caters News Agency.

"She receives many warm messages," he said.

The family recently moved from their native Japan to Amsterdam, where her father has his own business. Noko's affinity for birds stretches to having one as a pet. It currently lives with her grandparents in Japan.

"She is really looking forward to going back to Japan and seeing bird again," said her dad.