Tattoos

Japanese Tattoo

Japanese have their own style of tattoos. They are also considered to be strong believers in symbolic understanding. As the civilization of the Japanese is strongly rooted to symbols and signs the Japanese even now believe in the tattooing of their ancestral writings. The other main reason for Japanese tattoos becoming popular is their language. The Japanese language is fast becoming popular due to its mystical literature. The letters of the Japanese language are very unique and are also very artistic for a tattoo design.

Japanese Tattoo- Japanese tattoo is known as Irezumi in Japanese. In Japan the people bearing a tattoo are considered to be a part of the yakuza. Yakuza is the Japanese mafia. It is said that, some of the public bathrooms do not allow people with tattoos inside. This is a sign saying that the tattoo bearer is a Yakuza member. That is why the tattoo fashion didn’t develop for quite sometime in Japan.

History Of Japanese Tattoo- Tattooing is said to have started in 10,000 B.C in the Japanese civilization. Conventionally the Japanese tattoos spread across the arms, shoulder face and neck. These markings are generally dark in color and are mostly spiritual symbols.

Yayoi Period (300 B.C-300 A.D)the designs of the tattoos are based upon the Chinese visitors that invaded japan. These designs had spiritual significance as well as status symbol.

Kofun Period (300 A.D-600 A.D) tattoos started to have negative nuance. This era changed the usage of tattoo. Initially tattoos were used for spiritual purposes. But in this age tattoo was used as a mark on a criminal which distinguishes him as a criminal and an outcast from the society.

It was in the Edo Period (1600-1860 AD) the tattoo got its actual meaning. The tattoo was unanimously recognized as a decorative art by the youth of the country. In this period the tattoo has evolved in Japan and is now spread world wide. The tattoo design which has developed in this era is more or less the contemporary tattoo designs that are observed. The unique aspect of these tattoos is its ink. A special ink called the Nara ink was used that time. Its natural color is black but once it is inked into the skin, it turns blueish green.

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