Japanese Tattoos

Japanese Tattoos

The symbols and characters of Japanese tattoos are very simple, yet they are very deep in meaning. Their varied meanings and representations make them a favorite of Japanese people and foreigners as well. Although most tattoos of Japanese symbols are modern, classical inks have been in existence for thousands of years. During the Yayoi era, Japanese tattoos did not only speak about symbolism, but showed the person’s social status as well. But as time progressed, tattoos were used to brand slaves in order for the owner to determine the identity of a slave should he or she decide to run away.

As Japanese tattoos became famous for body ornamentation, more and more styles have been developed to appease the desires of ink fans. One popular style is the Koi fish, which is associated with money and wealth. You can also ask for Hannya masks, which are used in Noh Kabuki theaters. Apart from acting, these masks represented wisdom to most wearers of Japanese tattoos. Samurais and ninjas, which are famous in Japanese culture, are considered great designs as well because of their role as bloodthirsty warriors. Evidently, designs for Japanese tattoos are bountiful; that’s why many men and women around the world prefer them. With numerous styles to choose from, tattoos of Japanese designs and characters are beautiful ornaments for people who want unique and exotic bodily inks.




Koi Fish with dark waves

Koi Fish with dark waves

Koi Fish Half or Quarter Sleeve

Koi Fish Half or Quarter Sleeve

Koi and Lotus Sleeve

Koi and Lotus Sleeve

Koi fish

Koi fish

Cherry Blossom Flower Branch Tattoo

Cherry Blossom Flower Branch Tattoo

Buddha in Om

Buddha in Om

Forearm Sleeve Owl

Forearm Sleeve Owl

Japanese Water. Koi and Lotus.

Japanese Water. Koi and Lotus.

Fierce white tiger

Fierce white tiger

Dragon Koi Fish Tattoo

Dragon Koi Fish Tattoo

Dragon Koi Fish Tattoo

Dragon Koi Fish Tattoo

Swirling Koi Fish

Swirling Koi Fish

Hannya Inside 04

Hannya Inside 04

Japanese Warrior

Japanese Warrior

Japanese Fan with plum, bamboo, pine

Japanese Fan with plum, bamboo, pine

Asia

Asia

Hannya Inside 02

Hannya Inside 02

cherry blossom half sleeve

cherry blossom half sleeve

feminine tattoo

feminine tattoo

Koi Duo

Koi Duo

Koi

Koi

chinese or Japanese dragon

chinese or Japanese dragon

Greyscale koi swimming up waterfall

Greyscale koi swimming up waterfall

Kanji Nature Scene

Kanji Nature Scene

Nautical themed and Japanese styled half-sleeve

Nautical themed and Japanese styled half-sleeve

Fire Water Yin Yang tattoo design flames and waves

Fire Water Yin Yang tattoo design flames and waves

Japanese Girl holding a Flower Fan

Japanese Girl holding a Flower Fan

Koi Fish #1

Koi Fish #1

Cherry blossom

Cherry blossom

pink cherry blossoms

pink cherry blossoms