45 Japanese Tattoos with a culture of their own

Japanese tattoos have a tradition that has been followed for quite a long time with many non-Japanese adopting the Japanese tattoo culture. According to the Japanese, each tattoo worn has its meaning and purpose and is often viewed as a means to demonstrate societal status.

The thing about Japanese Tattoos is they are both clandestine and open which is precisely what makes them so fascinating. With the backing of their rich culture, history and allusions to meanings behind images, Japanese Tattooing was all about hand made stuff. Machines came in very late to the Japanese Tattoo scene.

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Japanese tattoos mean different things with some wearing them as a sign of protection from charm and a symbol of devotion.The Japanese tattoo design below can be perceived as a symbol of protection of the body from any harm or attack. The tattoo is quite versatile, covering the entire body making it look quite beautiful with the colours used blending quite well.

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There are quite a number of images used in the Japanese tattoo designs. The images often convey a person’s personal beliefs, character traits or aspirations. The image used in the tattoo design below is quite stunning and scaring at the same time. The design includes a blend of different themes and features making the entire Japanese tattoo a perfect work of art.

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The Japanese tattoo below is just beautiful. The design brings out a combination of colours that looks quite elegant and sexy. The different themes and features combine beautifully making the Japanese tattoo below ideal to be worn by women. The place it’s worn is also perfect creating a continues flow of art.

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Japanese tattoo designs involves many features and are known for the beautiful artistic styles. The composition is done in a way that flows so well even if spread to other parts of the body. The Japanese tattoo design below is such an artistic design with flowing composition. The owl used as a symbol in the tattoo would be perceived to mean the wearer identifies with the dynamic characters of the owl.

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In the west Tattoos have grown as a ever growing collection of designs, but in Japan the tattoos are on a big scale, based on the entire arm or leg or even as total body tattoos starting from the neck to the feet.

Here we will tell you the important factors about Japanese tattoos designs and what they mean. So when you get one you know what it means.

Japanese tattoo designs have to be fascinating and irresistible for most people who are into body art; after all who can resist the dragon motif or the colorful Koi or the Kanji design? Japanese are very skilful and subtle in their rendering of body designs and their designs even depict shades and shadows. You may not see such nuances in western tattoos.

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Th Japanese tattoo design below is unique and indeed one of its kind. The symbol of a tree with the beautiful vegetation and the clouds is a perfect work of art. The tattoo looks well on the back where its worn given it’s large and require a large open space where all the features can be clearly seen.

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Use of dragons in the Japanese tattoos was often perceived as a symbol of wealth, strength and ferocity. Dragons are considered a destructive force and perceived as guardians. The Japanese tattoo design below looks spectacular on the thigh where its worn. The colours used combines quite well and the girl’s complexion enhances the outloook of the entire tattoo making it so eye-catching.

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The Japanese tattoo design below looks more spectacular and the person might be mistaken for wearing a blouse instead. The colours used blends so well with the body complexion which results into such a complex design.

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Tattoos in Japan can be traced to the Jomon period. The word Jomon literally means the design of the rope. And many pots with designs of this sort were found from this time. According to some scholars think that these dogus have marks on face and body that look like tattoos.

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In the ancient Japanese culture tattoos were also used as a sign of punishment but the art has evolved greatly and is popularly followed in the modern culture with increasing number of people embracing Japanese tattoo. The Japanese tattoo design below looks more complex with the one colour used making the whole design to be quite appealing.

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  1. I have a full Japanese sleeve, and I love it. It’s bold, colorful, and easily readable from far away. I get many backhanded compliments, (“I usually do not like tattoos, but yours is so pretty!” And (“Wow, that’s pretty! Did it – hurt? take a long time? cost a whole bunch?”) I always thank them, knowing they probably don’t want to admit liking a tattoo when they are firmly in the no-tattoos camp. And I answer questions honestly. Yes. They hurt, briefly. Some spots more than others. (Ditch, elbow, under arm) It took over forty hours to complete my sleeve, but if it’s Japanese, and it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right. And yes, they can cost a lot. My artist was a solid, reputable artist with 20+ years experience, and charged $150/hour. Again, worth doing? Do it right. (Not fast, not cheap.)
    I love this article! Thank you for continuing education – especially on my favorite style!

  2. Just had an intricate 6 hour fantail koi with flower Japanese style tattoo done yesterday and I am loving it. The fish seems to have taken on a personality all of its own. Great article on the meanings and origins of Japanese tattoos, thanks. My tattoo artist is amazing.


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