Japanese tattoos surprise and fascinate with their deep meaning, colors and volumes. In the article we will describe the features of such paintings, express our point of view as to which tattoos are more suitable for girls and men. You can admire and pick up the original images by viewing our photo and thumbnail gallery.
It is believed that Japanese tattoos originated from Polynesian drawings. They were «brought» by the Ainus — the indigenous population of the Japanese islands, which lived next to the people of the rising sun. Initially, the native pictures were performed in the form of abstraction, but after the influence of Chinese culture, the contours of animals and fish gradually emerged. According to other sources, Japanese paintings came from China. The Japanese accepted Buddhism and painted on their bodies texts of prayers, an image of the Buddha and various guardian gods.
Japanese tattoos have changed in meaning and plot, because in every era the new ruler dictated his terms. Choosing the native picture in the Japanese style, it is better to consider that in the future its value can change.
Rescuers depicted protective signs and symbols of patrons of water elements. They were supported by fishermen and merchants, depicting on the body of marine inhabitants.
Perhaps the Japanese tattoo revived with geisha , as the girls had a fairly high status in the society. They put on the body patterns, imitating a festive kimono. Perhaps in this period there was another kind of Japanese tattoo for girls — kakusi-boro (invisible figure). The invisible picture is a «decorative» cut, a rice powder is rubbed into it. When the wounds heal, the tattoo is almost invisible, but only the capillaries will receive a flow of blood (after a hot bath, alcohol or intimacy), the pattern becomes distinct.
Japanese paintings — the desire to express themselves, to show their power, strength and courage. What is the difference between Japanese style tattoos from other drawings?
Japanese hieroglyphs. According to legend, Emperor Jimma conquered the Queen Senoyatatar with his native drawings and pinned the name of his beloved, adding the hieroglyph «life». After many couples began to follow his example, to perpetuate their feelings, to prove their devotion and love for the rest of their lives. It is necessary to accurately put the signs, because individually they have one symbol, and in the sentence — completely different.
Of particular importance are tattoos yakuza or irendzumi. Mostly they are painted with red and black pigments. The plot is dominated by religious motives, gambling, everyday situations and figures in motion. It is believed that it was the criminal yakuza clan that brought into fashion huge Japanese tattoos for men. They denote power and courage. These are zigzagging serpents and dragons, realistically traced fish scales.
Girls and men often see Japanese dragon tattoos, which means strength, loyalty, nobility. For firemen, the fairy-tale character became a protector from the fire, for emperors was a symbol of power. Often stuffed in Western style: without shading, contours are filled with a homogeneous color and without transitions. The dragon is often portrayed with the body of a snake, horns or ears of a bull, then its symbolism becomes wider. If a monster wraps its sword and looks forward with red eyes, tattoo means power and strength, in the clouds — determination for the sake of freedom.
The Japanese carp tattoo is popular, it is performed in orange and red colors, mostly along with the waves. It differs ornamentality and dynamism, it means courage, cold-bloodedness before an inevitable fate. Businessmen, travelers and sportsmen fill this figure in a golden hue to a sign of luck, financial well-being.
Of particular importance is the picture of the redskin child Kintoro. It symbolizes courage and strength, and with a blue belt — thinking. He is often depicted naked and struggling with carp.
Flower motifs — another feature of Japanese tattoos. Men use them as an additional element in their own composition. Often there is a peony with a lion — a balance of power and beauty. The samurai put on their bodies sakura branches with chrysanthemum to show the enemy fearlessness and willingness to die in battle. For girls, cherry blossoms are a symbol of beauty and fleetingness, in some cases a sign of sadness. Beautiful ladies stuff a tiger (perseverance and power), a phoenix (rebirth and celebration), a dragon with a snake body, a Koi carp. Japanese girls are interested in tattooing masks, especially Chania. According to legend, one monarch rejected the Japanese, but the beauty decided to take revenge and turned into a demon. Such a mask indicates the insidiousness of an offended woman.
Girls often choose the image of demons, monsters and werewolves of small sizes to fit on the shoulder blade, forearm and thigh. Such pictures protect from evil and deceit, symbolize faith in the spiritual world and act as punishment for injustice.
Men put on a demon mask. They’re with a weapon that looks like a metal spear with spikes. It means strength and vitality. Often there are images of soldiers, landscapes, the rising sun, battles of samurai with demons, mythical creatures.
Japanese tattoos, despite the plot, are always aesthetic and attractive.
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