Japanese Tattoos Ideas

Samurai Forearm Tattoo

Tattoo of samurai on male forearm

Japanese Writing Tattoo Designs

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Popular Japanese Tattoo Designs

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japanese tattoo ideaThe art of Japanese tattoos is often referred to as irezumi; it is said that this particular type of Japanese tattoos has been going for hundreds of centuries now. It was when buddhism was introduced to Japan that Japanese tattoos saw a decline. At the time, the chinese, which brought buddhism to Japan, despised the art of tattooing. This lead to a decline in the number of Japanese tattoos inked.

During the Edo Period of Japan (in the early 17th century to the late 19th century), Japanese tattoos were most commonly seen on prostitutes. They used japanese flower tattoos, Japanese dragon tattoos, and more to entice customers. Japanese tattoos were also seen on firefighters who saw tattoos as a sign of masculinity and a show of brotherhood.

The other main class of citizens who were tattooed during this period were criminals. For 150 years, these criminals were marked with a tattoo ring or character on the forehead or arm. This was done for each crime committed. While I bet some of these criminals did not like having a permanent tattoo, it was much better than the prior method of cutting off a criminal’s nose or ear.

It was with the Chinese novel “Suikoden” that Japanese tattoos regained their popularity. This novel was illustrated with pictures showing warriors having tigers, flowers, and dragons on their bodies. This book was a success in the lower class of Japan; it is that reason why the lower class started seeking different types of Japanese tattoos, such as koi tattoos.

japanese tattoo ideaAt the time, woodblock printers were the only tattoo artists available. For this reason, they had little tools to work with. They were forced to use their woodblock tools, such as chisels and gouges. These tools were used along with blank ink that changed its color to a bluish green when it reacted with the skin.

All authentic Japanese tattoos were made by hand; they use tebori, which is a group of handmade needles. These needed were attached to metal or wooden handles. This practice was very popular, but it took a lot of mastering. In the mid 1800’s, this process was very extensive and time consuming. In fact, it could take up to five years to finish a Japanese tattoo! Moreover, a tebori would cause more harm and bruising than the tattoo machines used today. Despite the fact that Japanese tattoos were very painful, many still underwent the procedure.

All Japanese tattoos are symbolic. For example, Japanese koi tattoos or carp tattoos highlight wisdom and endurance; this is because these fish outlive most humans. In the Japanese culture, dragon tattoos bring luck. In a country that relies heavily on the growing of rice crops and rain, lucky tattoos are very common and popular.

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