Bodybuilder Pays Thousands to Get His Entire Body Tattooed
Not everyone lives to love their spontaneous tattoo decisions. Some people opt for tattoo removal (like this girl, but that didn’t go so well). Others cover up old tattoos with new ink. And then others cover up their old tattoos with new ink, and then decide to round it out and cover up the rest of their body with a full-body “tattoo suit.” At least that’s what one person did, anyway—meet Ray Houghton.
According to an article published in the Daily Mail, Houghton, 59, was a competitive bodybuilder that was embarrassed to show his muscles in public because of eight tattoos he had gotten in his youth on his arms and legs. His initial solution was to cover the tattoos with full arm and leg sleeves. But after that was done, he decided to take it a step further. Actually, more than a few steps further.
Houghton decided to get his entire body tattooed, sans his hands, feet, penis and face, over the course of 14 months; to do so, he spent over $7,000. And according to the article, has no regrets about the decision. (Thinking about getting a tattoo? It might not be the best idea for your health. Here are the risks.)
“I would do it all again if I could, and would have done it earlier had I known it was going to look like this,” he told Daily Mail. “It makes me feel younger. I feel young again.”
Houghton said that, for years, he had a great body as a result of his bodybuilding, but was ashamed to show it off due to eight spontaneous tattoos he has gotten during his time with the British Royal Artillery. According to the article, he got the tattoos in a caravan near the base he was stationed at from a man called “Sailor Bill,” and the body art included a boat, the words “mum” and “dad,” a Geisha, and a naked woman.
Houghton is apparently thriving now, frequenting nudist beaches without a care and flaunting his muscles in the gym. “I have always invested time and money on my body and the tattoo has completed me,” he said. “I also go to nudist beaches and when I come out of the sea, I can even see people taking pictures then. I think it was totally worth it.”
If you’ve lived to regret a tattoo, but don’t know if you’re willing to commit to the full body suit, here are some things you should know before getting your tattoo removed.
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A Brief History Of Japanese Bodysuits – Yamato Magazine
Japanese tattoos, also known as irezumi, is a distinctive art style that has developed over hundreds of years. Known for colourful mythology, monsters and nature motifs, irezumi is a beautiful expression of individualism. The ultimate expression of Japanese tattooing is the bodysuit, which covers the skin in a similar way to clothing.
Where did the bodysuit originate from?
Like irezumi, bodysuits took a long time to develop into the artistic masterpieces that they are today. During the Edo period, the bodysuit started to gain connotations of symbolic protection. The people who wore them left the section from their armpit to near the elbow untattooed as a way of showing that they weren’t tattooed as punishment.
Traditionally, men got bodysuits and women usually stuck to large backpieces. In the modern day, it’s far more common for men and women to get full bodysuits.
What are the styles of bodysuits?
Interestingly, there are several types of bodysuits and each one is unique to the wearer. Let’s take a look at each style:
Soushinbori – The Full Body Suit
Soushinbori is the ultimate expression of irezumi. It goes from the wrists to the neck and down to the ankles. The only parts of the body that remain untattooed are the hands, neck and feet. However, the genitals can remain untattooed as well because of how thin the skin is in that area.
Soushinbori may also be referred to as donburi. This is because they mimic the porcelain bowls that rice is typically served in. Donburi feature elaborate designs everywhere except the top and bottom rim.
Kame-no-Kou – The Tortoise Shell
The Kame-no-Kou has a very literal meaning. This type of bodysuit covers the back, buttocks and thighs. The wearer looks as if they are carrying a turtle shell on their back.
Munewari – The Split Chest Bodysuit
Another type of popular bodysuit, munewari translates to split chest. The arms, chest, back and legs are covered. But there is an untattooed space running down the middle. This style is thought to be inspired by the traditional Japanese workman’s coat.
Hikae – Shoulders And Arms
A Hikae bodysuit typically covers the arms, shoulders and chest. There are two types of Hikae:
- Deep – Extend over the chest and surrounds the nipples
- Shallow – Doesn’t extend over the chest
Nagasode – Long Sleeves
The long sleeves body suit is also associated with shirts. It covers the entire arm and end of the wrist. There are two lengths of nagasode;
- Kubu – Ends at the wristbone
- Tobu – Moves beyond the wristbone and stops before the hand
Shichibusode – The Seven-Tenth Sleeve Bodysuit
The Shichibusode consists of irezumi that stop below the elbow, as if a long sleeve shirt has been pulled up.
Gobusode – The Five-Tenth Sleeve Bodysuit
This style of bodysuit cuts off above the elbow, much like a short-sleeved shirt.
Senaka – The Back
The back is typically the favoured area for a bodysuit because it’s the largest canvas on the body. It’s important to note that a backpiece includes the buttocks and the thighs as well.
Far from the stereotypes of yakuza and criminals, Japanese bodysuits are wonderful expressions of creativity. I believe there’s something personal and magical about the images that irezumi evoke. They show a dedication to art, emotion and overcoming adversity.
History, Meanings, Symbolism & Designs
As popular tattoo styles go, Japanese tattoos are among the most common and easily recognizable.
The imagery used in Japanese tattoos is distinct, featuring a blend of cultural significance and detailed line work.
For those looking to add a piece of work to their current collection of tattoos that stands out as detailed and symbolic, there are few better choices than Japanese tattoos.
Today, we will be telling you all about Japanese tattoos.
From what Japanese tattoos are to how to pick the best design for you, we’ll be giving you all the details.
We hope it will be all that much easier for you to select the perfect Japanese tattoo design for you.
Let’s get started!
What Are Japanese Tattoos?
Japanese tattoos are among the oldest styles of tattoos.
In fact, the lineage of Japanese tattooing spans back almost 5,000 years ago.
Specifically, mention of Japanese tattooing can be found in an ancient Mandarin text known as Wei Chih from around 297 AD.
In this text, it is mentioned that men of all ages would have tattoos on all parts of their bodies, sometimes even their faces.
These tattoos were viewed as a form of expressive folk art but quickly became perceived as holding other connotations.
This is due to the fact that troublesome citizens, rather than being sent down, started to be branded with tattoos.
These branding tattoos often included imagery such as Japanese characters, symbols, and/or bands.
Japanese tattoos come in two forms: traditional and modern.
Each of these forms of Japanese tattooing is nearly identical to each other with the main difference being in how the tattoo itself is applied to the skin.
Traditional Japanese tattooing, for example, is applied using the most traditional means, using non-electrical tools.
Modern Japanese tattooing, on the other hand, use a modern tattoo machine.
Japanese tattoos, most often, come in a mix of black-and-gray and colors although there are a variety of Japanese tattoos that come completely in black-and-gray.
One thing, however, that doesn’t change when it comes to Japanese tattoos is that the subject matter is rooted in Japanese culture.
The most popular motifs featured in Japanese tattoos are Koi fish tattoos, geisha tattoos, dragons, samurai tattoos, and tiger tattoos.
Japanese Tattoo Colors
If you’ve been looking at traditional Japanese tattoos online, you probably know they often feature bold ink colors.
Though there are some gorgeous black and grey tattoos in the mix, contrasting colors make classic Japanese imagery pop.
You’ll see all kinds of pinks, oranges, turquoises, and bright blues often against black backdrops for an extra hint of drama.
Before diving into a sea of beautiful colors, it would behoove you to learn a bit about colors in Japan.
Every culture has its own associations with color; that’s why in America people wear black for last rites and red to feel desirable.
Let’s brush up on our colors, the meanings behind them, and how you can incorporate all of them into your next piece.
- White: white is a dominant color in Japan’s culture, and a very popular color for cars as well! Opposite to US where black is the chosen color for last rites, white is the color of passing away in Japan. It also symbolizes purity and truth. Like a thick blanket of snow, white can symbolize a fresh start or new beginning in Japan, which can be a comforting attitude toward eternal rest.
- Black: black can also be a color of mourning in Japan, but only when used with white. Some sympathy gifts will be tied with black and white ribbon to show sympathy. With Black ink being the only available color for early tattoos, there is a strong association between black and tattoos. Being a color of mystery as well, it is a perfect color to Japan’s underground tattoo culture, and complicated history with the art of tattoos.
- Red: red is a very important color in Japan. Symbolizing happiness and joy, it is usually incorporated into merry events such as weddings, birthdays, and new year’s eve. Because red is the color of the vital fluid, it symbolizes passion and vitality. If you are looking into a traditional Japanese tattoo a splash of red would be a good idea; it is said it offer protection.
- Blue: blue is a lucky color in Japan, and subsequently the color of choice for job interview outfits. Many corporate workers wear blue. It is a symbol of fidelity, and could show your dedication to your work.
- Green: because so many things in nature are green, in Japan it is a color that represents life, youth, energy, and respect for the earth. Green tea is also popular in Japan, known for its health benefits.
- Purple: purple is a regal color in Japan and elsewhere. As it used to be an incredibly difficult and expensive color to produce- it was reserved for the ruling class. During the Edo period, lower-class people were not supposed to wear any vivid colors at all. They wore brown robes to show their status (or lack thereof,) but many people would resist with a colorful lining. Celebrate your royalty and mix a little aubergine or lavender into your Japanese tattoo design.
- Pink: pink represents femininity, the delicate nature of life, spring, and good health. This is also a popular color of lingerie in Japan, so it might add a little feminine charisma to your tattoo.
- Yellow: yellow can signify joy, optimism, and prosperity but be careful! In some areas of Japan it is thought of as the color of deceit! To have a “yellow voice” is to have a shrill way of speaking in Japan. A complicated color, but it does look pretty in tattoo art.
There may be colors with multiple meanings in Japan, and certain colors mean different things when worn in different situations.
As far as your Japanese tattoo is concerned though, there really aren’t any “bad” colors.
Work with a reputable artist and they’ll be able to create something harmonious and beautiful with an auspicious blend of vibrant hues.
How to Pick the Best Japanese
Tattoo For You
If you are considering a Japanese tattoo for yourself, you are likely wondering where to start in terms of choosing a design.
Whether you are of Japanese descent and want to pay homage to your culture or have a deep appreciation for Japanese art, the Japanese tattoo style is perfect for you.
When considering the best Japanese tattoo design for you, there are a few different factors that you should consider.
Japanese Tattoo Placement
When it comes to choosing the best placement for a Japanese tattoo, it is important to keep in mind that Japanese tattoos often look the best when a large amount of space is allowed.
This is because they tend to look the best when covering a large portion of skin that allows for enough room for the extensive detail used in the style.
For this reason, those looking to add a Japanese tattoo to their collection typically select a limb or the entire back.
Some even go for a full-body tattoo but this should be reserved for those that are sure about the subject matter and design that they want to feature.
As highlighted, Japanese tattoos are typically benefited by using a large amount of space so as to have ample room for detailed line-work.
For this reason, it is important that you consider placement when finalizing your design.
Be sure to select an area that allows for enough space for your tattoo artist to fully bring your design to life.
- Japanese Tattoos on Forearm
Your forearm is ample enough space to be able to showcase the intricate detail that goes into Japanese tattooing without giving into a larger area like your back.
Your forearm can easily be covered up if need be, or roll up your sleeves and show off your ink.
- Japanese Tattoos on Chest
Do you want to be a little bolder in your placement?
Why not on your chest? There is no hiding the colors and details that go into your design.
If you are someone that isn’t afraid of making a statement, consider getting a large-scale tattoo on your back.
If you want to accentuate the intricate details that come with Japanese tattoos, your back is the perfect canvas for that!
A back tattoo also can be significant, but it is easy to cover up if need be.
There seems to be no downside when it comes to inking your back!
- Japanese Tattoos on Thigh
Dragons exude power and strength in Japanese culture.
They are a popular tattoo amongst those who want to encompass that.
A dragon tattoo placed on your thigh can give off the true size of these mythical creatures.
Those who have no intention of covering up their Japanese artwork might want to consider tattooing their neck.
This space is smaller, so one might consider a bright and bold Japanese mask like the examples below.
The hands are another area that is difficult to cover up and another way to display your tattoos.
Koi fish would be a perfect addition to your collection of Japanese tattoos.
They can be created small enough to fit your hands without taking away the details that make up this beautiful, traditional Japanese fish.
- Japanese Tattoos on Shoulder
Your shoulder is a perfect placement that can accommodate a dragon’s long body, a larger scale of a Koi fish, or a bold statement like a Japanese mask—all while having the option to cover it up easily.
Your foot’s size is similar to your hands, so that a Koi fish would be an excellent option for this area.
Your foot can also be easily concealed compared to your hand if that is a concern.
Either way, you will be able to showcase your beautiful Japanese artwork.
Think about placing one of your Japanese tattoos on your calf.
It is easily covered up in a more subtle location without taking the stunning components away from a Japanese tattoo.
- Japanese Tattoos on the Side
One might choose to showcase a more significant piece on the side of their body.
There will be no missing any detail when one of these Japanese tattoos is scaled across your body.
Japanese Tattoo Subjects
Subject matter is a huge factor to consider when choosing your Japanese tattoo design.
Luckily, there are many subjects to choose from in the Japanese style.
Most popularly are dragons, koi fish, geishas, and other subjects with symbolism tied to Japanese culture.
Dragons are best-suited for those wanting to convey an atmosphere of power and strength while koi fish are suitable for those who want to symbolize good luck, independence, or perseverance.
Think long and hard about what you want your Japanese tattoo to say when choosing the perfect design for you.
Japanese Mask Tattoos
A synonym for an Oni mask would be that of a demon whose origin is of a Hindu-Buddhist belief system.
Oni’s are under an umbrella of goblins and ghouls called Yokai.
Many Yokai characters are only pranksters at best, but not the Oni.
Oni’s are believed to be the reason for setbacks.
An Oni possesses beastly characteristics and moves slowly because of its size.
An Oni is powerful despite its speed and has an in-your-face nature.
Someone might get an Oni Mask tattoo to attract that forceful nature and ward wicked spirits off.
Kitsune translates to a fox in Japanese.
One will find the importance of a fox in Japanese culture within Eastern folklore.
Kitsune are celebrated and used to work alongside workers in ancient times.
According to folklore, though, they were considered pranksters and could shape-shift.
They were believed to be messengers of the deities.
They would dress as monks and collect money from unknowing people or shapeshift into women to nonplus men.
Receiving a Kitsune tattoo can represent so many different meanings, so there is an endless amount of possibilities!
There is not just one characteristic available to describe a Tengu.
The story has been told that the Tengu was a falling star that touched down with a thundering noise and only brought disarray and confusion.
It revealed itself with dog-like features and a beak-like nose.
A Tengu’s story has been written in many different ways, but his main characteristic is that it can shapeshift.
It is believed that the Tengu shapeshifted so many times that it started to possess more human-like features, which is the more popular image found today.
A Tengu can be portrayed in many different lights, and each image represents a different story, so make sure when choosing a Tengu Mask tattoo that you thoroughly did your research.
Okame is a religious figure in Japan, and she was created to portray beauty and femininity.
Her delicate features and smiling face portrays her as approachable and gentle.
Her skin is pale, which causes her rosy, plump cheeks and bright red lips to stand out.
Her demeanor is as pleasant as her appearance.
The word “mirth” is associated with an Okame tattoo, which means a happy spirit.
Okame comes with happiness and good fortune, which makes a perfect addition to your tattoos.
An Okina Mask can be created in many different ways.
The most famous portrayal of the Okina Mask is that of an older man.
An Okina is seen smiling, which gives off a pleasant nature.
In Japan, old age is highly respected.
Old age represents wisdom because of the long years they have lived.
It only fits that an Okina Mask was believed to be divinity’s physical form due to its all-knowing characteristic.
An Okina Mask tattoo is an excellent choice if you are looking to express wisdom and respect.
Folklore is full of wicked spirits, stirring up confusion and misfortune throughout the land, so it is refreshing, to say the least when we come across a comedic character.
Hyottoko knows how to make light of things amid the turmoil.
Many entertaining legends go along with this funny little boy, which makes it worth looking into.
Hyottoko tattoo is an excellent choice if you are looking for a comedic character known to bring good fortune and prosperity into your life.
Namahage is not one of the more well-known characters, but that does not take away from his mischievous character.
Namahage is an unfortunate and wicked spin on Santa Claus.
Instead of bringing presents to good little ones, he seeks to discipline bad behaving ones.
The legend goes that he takes the bad-behaving youngsters into the mountains.
Parents would tell this tale to ensure their little ones start to behave.
It usually will do the trick which prompts them to offer Namahage rice cakes and sake to go back to the mountains.
Having a Namahage tattoo could offer you protection.
Saru translates to a monkey in Japanese.
A Saru has many different qualities, which include being playful, silly, or even a trickster.
In Japanese legends, monkeys often seek recognition, and there is no shortage of an arrogant attitude.
Their competitive nature but also their need to be mischievous often distract them from achieving their desires.
One might think they self-sabotage themselves.
Saru tattoos are a great way to add a metaphorical piece to represent their similar characteristics in this way.
Being part of the Yokai family, the Kappa is a creature found in Japanese folklore.
Kappas are bizarre in their features and have a hole in their hard filled with water.
This water holds all of their secrets that they are known to be very good at keeping.
Unfortunately, Kappa’s are obliging, and if a devious person wants to know deceit them, all they have to do is bow.
The Kappa will reciprocate but also spilling all of their secrets.
A Kappa will be internally grateful if someone refills the water, and for that, they gained a companion.
This is only one tale of the Kappa, but if you are generally loyal and helpful, a Kappa tattoo might fit!
A Tanuki has a friendly and adorable look about them, but one distinctive characteristic is hard not to notice.
His prominent round belly is nothing compared to his scrotum, which often is exaggerated for maximum effect.
Unlike most Yokai, the Tanuki is a real animal called a raccoon dog.
It was believed that a Tanuki was of a cheerful nature which can bring a light-hearted laugh if you choose to get a Tanuki tattoo.
In Japan, there are seven deities of good luck and fortune; Daikoku is one of them.
There are many different associations with a Daikoku as it originates back to Hindu belief.
A Daikoku mask is mainly known to ward off and bring in good luck.
He is found carrying a bag of gold thrown over his shoulder and a wish-granting mallet.
Someone might choose to have a Daikoku tattoo to manifest prosperity, good fortune, and exude optimism.
Tofu Boy is an interesting addition to the Yokai clan and is a traditional figure from old tales told over generations.
He is known as one of the weaker Yokai and tends to get pushed around for his timid and shy behavior.
Don’t let this fool you; Tofu Boy is mischievous if the opportunity arises.
Despite Tofu Boy’s trickster demeanor, his weaker stature among the Yokai is being used to teach youngsters against bossing around.
If you’ve been pushed around in your life, a Tofu Boy tattoo might be a great fit.
Karura has ties to Hindu and Japanese culture.
Karura is better known as Garuda within Hindu culture.
He is a birdman with impressive gold wings who can fly at remarkable speeds.
It is believed that when he hatched from a giant egg, his birth nearly demolished the world.
He was merciful and extinguished the fire.
He did not want to scare anyone after what he had done, so he shrunk himself down to a less intimidating size.
Garuda is a powerful tattoo that encompasses merciful qualities.
Have you ever had trouble sleeping because haunting dreams encompass you at night?
A Baku tattoo might do the trick to ward off bad dreams.
Baku is best known as a sleep guardian.
Little ones are often told that Baku helps to take bad dreams away.
In addition to warding off bad dreams, Baku can turn good dreams into lucky ones as well.
If you are looking for a figure to help you when you sleep, a Baku tattoo might be the right one for you.
Japanese folklore possesses a creature called the Nue.
It has a monkey’s face, a Tanuki body, the legs of a tiger, and a tail of a snake.
It is believed that the Nue emerged from a black cloud and caused the emperor to become out of sorts.
Two samurais were ordered to finish off whatever was in the cloud that was harming the emperor.
One might wonder why someone would get such a terrifying tattoo, but it can be a symbol of mental health and slaying their demons.
No matter the symbolic meaning behind a Nue tattoo, it is as original as it gets!
Tattoos of Japanese Deities
The name translation says it all, “Great Demon God.”
He would pay back any wrong-doings against them in their past life.
The Daikijin tale narrated in a way that he was the demon of all demons.
He is described to have long white facial hair with two long horns protruding from his forehead.
A Daikijin tattoo has golden eyes that would discourage any lesser demons.
The Raijin dates back as a demon.
He is the deity of thunder, and youngsters are told to hide their belly buttons because the tale goes that Raijin likes to snack on them during heavy rain!
These result from the square go for power between Raijin, “deity of thunder,” and his brother Fujin, “deity of wind. ”
They grapple to win the top spot of who is the main deity of the sky.
A Raijin tattoo would represent a powerful addition to your ink.
Despite being a well-known Japanese deity, Fujin’s origin goes back to Greek folklore.
Japan faces heavy rains, and the legend describes a massive disagreement between Fujin and his brother Raijin.
Despite being brothers, these two deities always have a set-to for the top spot of the “deity of the sky.”
Most people get tattoos of both brothers, showcasing their face-offs.
The Fudo Myoo originates from Shingon, which translates to “True Word.”
He is part of a group of powerful deities called the Five Bright Kings.
Despite his features being frightening, he is quite the opposite.
Fudo Myoo is commonly known as “The Immovable One,” and he has a protective nature.
His powers include prosperity and bringing good fortune to those who devote him.
He will also subdue wicked forces, so you can’t go wrong with a Fudo Myoo tattoo!
Ebisu is one of the Seven Lucky Gods.
Each deity represents a different virtue.
Ebisu is the only deity that is 100% indigenous to Japan, which is important to Japanese tradition.
This makes Ebisu quite popular throughout Japan, and his figure is often found throughout restaurants, religious shrines, and shops.
Ebisu represents wealth and good fortune, which could explain why you will always find his depiction smiling.
If you are looking to manifest good luck into your life, an Ebisu tattoo might be an excellent addition!
Tattoos of Japanese Mythical Creatures
A Kirin is the Japanese version of a mystical creature similar to a unicorn.
The Kirin has a single horn on top of its head, making it similar to a Unicorn.
It is uniquely different from the body of a deer and dragon-like scales.
Legends have been told that the Kirin appears in times of peace, and people might choose to receive a Kirin tattoo to encourage a positive lifestyle change.
Most Japanese creatures are of folklore or religious figures that are only passed down stories through generations.
The Heikegani is unique because it is an earthly creature.
The Heikegani is also known as a Samurai crab.
They have distinctive markings on their backs that look similar to angry Samurai faces.
Fishermen will cast their nets, and if any crab caught with angry Samurai face markings, they would immediately throw them back.
One might choose a Heikegani tattoo because they symbolize honor and defiance.
One of the most important symbols in Japanese culture is the dragon.
The Japanese dragon tattoo is one of the most sought-after designs in the tattoo parlor.
It could be because of the vibrant designs or what a dragon symbolizes.
Common meanings would be wisdom, power, strength, good luck, prosperity, longevity, and even more.
There is not only one style of dragon tattoos, so make sure you do your proper research when choosing one of these fierce, majestic creatures.
The Foo Dog is traced back to India.
A Foo Dog tattoo design could be colorful and playful, or it can be a mean and intimidating creature.
There are many names that the Foo Dog goes by, A Komainu, a Fu Dog, A Guardian Lion, or Imperial Lions.
The Foo Dog symbolizes protection, peace and calmness, and harmony and balance.
Foo dogs traveled in pairs, so it would only be right to get two tattoos.
Each can represent one of the many symbols that Foo Dogs emulate.
Most people have heard the phrase, “A phoenix rising from the ashes,” indicating someone triumphed over difficult situations.
A Phoenix is typically depicted as a large bird with large wings and a large tail, with orange and red colors.
People usually resonate with the phoenix’s story because they have gone through tough times and ultimately made a new start.
If you are trying to make a statement that you are taking back control of your life, a Japanese phoenix tattoo might be the perfect addition to your ink!
Other Japanese Tattoo Subjects
One of the most recognizable Japanese tattoos would be the bold and beautiful Koi fish.
Koi fish generally represent bravery, hope, and fulfilling one’s destiny.
It is no wonder why Koi fish are popular among tattoos.
You can own a Koi fish, and they are known to last about 25 years.
This can also represent prosperity, as you will have this pet for a while.
There is a variety of Koi fish you can choose from.
Each color can mean something different, as discussed previously.
So make sure you put some real thought into the placement and color of your Koi fish tattoo.
Along with the Koi fish, Geisha tattoos are widely popular Japanese tattoos.
Geisha tattoos stand out among most tattoos because they are known for their makeup, extravagant hair, and complex and colorful kimonos.
There are many different roles of a Geisha.
One might find them to be a hostess, court jester, performance artist, and even more.
They make the people around them feel special and exemplary.
A Geisha is the token of feminine nature and often symbolizes artistry and perfectionism.
If this is something you want to bring into your own life, a Geisha tattoo might be the right fit.
Namakubi translates to a bold scene in Japan as a freshly severed head.
Despite its gruesome appearance, the Namakubi is a widely popular tattoo.
It is no surprise that it is connected with ancient Japanese frontlines.
It represents the acceptance of fate and respecting one’s nemesis.
Many see the Namakubi as a way to portray enjoying life and living it to the fullest because the final exit is inevitable.
This rang true with Japanese warriors that they dared to push through the action even though they knew it was likely that they would face the end.
If you were looking to ink some courage on yourself, a Namakubi tattoo might do the trick!
A Kabuto is a Japanese helmet that was worn in confrontations by Samurais.
Its popularity holds with men as well as women.
A Kabuto tattoo might be a good choice for those who want to honor their culture or have an innate fascination for the Samurai.
The Samurai were part of the noble class in Japan, worked for the government for no fee, were honored to serve, and would only have a set-to face to face.
A Kabuto has many different styles to choose from, and each has its own meaning.
The Kabuto is significant in Japanese culture, so make sure you do your proper research before heading off to your tattoo parlor.
Japanese snake tattoos are one of the more popular tattoos in Japanese cultures.
The word snake in Japanese is hebi, and their typical depiction is frightening, but in Japanese culture, they are seen as beautiful.
Specifically, if one comes across a white snake, it is a sign of good luck which would be a great tattoo idea if that was what you were looking for.
Snakes are not seen as a menace; people like snakes around, especially their garden, because they will eat intruding creatures that would destroy their garden.
Snakes are well respected in Japanese culture.
Japanese tattoos use a variety of color schemes. When thinking about your own Japanese tattoo design, it is important that you consider the color scheme as it relates to your chosen subject matter.
Looking to add a dragon to your Japanese tattoo design, consider colors associated with power like bold reds or greens. Looking to feature a more soft, feminine subject matter like a geisha?
Use a color scheme filled with soft colors like light pinks. Color plays a huge role in how a Japanese tattoo design turns out so consider your choices carefully.
Finally, the last factor you will want to consider when choosing the perfect Japanese tattoo design for you is your tattoo artist.
We highly recommend choosing a tattoo artist that specializes in the style.
While this may mean paying slightly more or adding your name to a wait-list to be tattooed by an artist specializing in the Japanese style, you are sure to get the biggest bang for your buck.
Select your tattoo artist carefully! A seasoned tattoo artist specializing in the Japanese tattoo style is sure to be helpful in helping you to decide on the perfect design for you.
Japanese Tattoo Designs
We know that choosing the best Japanese tattoo design for you can be difficult.
Luckily, we are here with a few of the best Japanese tattoos to offer a little bit of inspiration!
Take a look at these exquisite, detailed Japanese tattoos and use them to come up with the perfect design for you!
History of Japanese Tattoos
So, you’re thinking of getting a traditional Japanese tattoo. You’re not alone!
Many people are fans of Japanese tattoos, and will even travel great lengths to have them done by an expert.
Irezumi tattoos feature bold blocks of color and unforgettable designs so vibrant, their sense of movement is enhanced by the breathing canvases they live on.
Japanese tattoo artists have been seeing more Westerners coming to their shops in recent years.
It seems that, while not every person native to Japan is interested in tattoos, those living outside the culture are endlessly fascinated by the designs.
Some believe that getting a tattoo outside of your culture is disrespectful.
The argument is that these symbols are rich in history, and mean something more to people who grew up with that history.
To get a tattoo merely because “it looks cool” is considered flippant and dismissive of the people who treasure that symbol.
So it is easier for someone from the outside to pluck something from another culture and enjoy it without many ramifications.
A challenge specific to Japanese tattoos is the fact that they are linked to unruly activity.
So it isn’t nearly as easy for a Japanese person to have tattoos and navigate their world freely.
With that in mind, no matter what background you come from, it’s best to do a little research on the subject matter at hand before choosing a tattoo design for life.
If you are someone who admires Irezumi but did not grow up in the Japanese culture, you can show your respect by deepening your knowledge.
Let’s explore the history of Japanese tattooing, or Irezumi, its implications in day-to-day life, and what Irezumi culture looks like in contemporary Japan.
Irezumi is often Under Wraps
Though tattoos are a visible medium, they are often something to be kept private in Japan.
Though there are some places where people wear their body art openly in Japan, many people keep their work hidden underneath their clothing.
There are some locations where people with visible tattoos are not welcome and will be politely asked to cover up or leave.
The reasons for this secretive attitude toward tattoos are complicated and vary from place to place, person to person, but there are two main elements to consider.
Every culture expresses itself differently through its people. In Western society, part of getting a tattoo is being able to show it off.
The time, money, and care spent on the design are often motivated by its aesthetic appeal.
In an interview with Vice, tattoo legend Horiyoshi 3 talks about keeping tattoos hidden.
He says the beauty of Irezumi is that not everyone can see them, and when they are visible something is lost in that visibility.
He uses the analogy of a Western church vs a Japanese temple- the church will likely be ornate and brightly lit, featuring statues, windows, and candles.
A Japanese temple, conversely, is minimal and shadowy.
Though only someone who grew up in Japan like Horiyoshi could really understand, he illustrates an important distinction between more outgoing and demonstrative cultures and one that values subtlety.
It’s not that Japanese people can’t be proud of their tattoos- it’s that this pride doesn’t have to be visible.
The tattoo is for no one other than the person wearing it.
A History with Crime
Irezumi are also hidden because of links to general turbulent activity and the Yakuza- which many Westerners refer to as the Japanese mafia.
Having tattoos can’t fool someone into thinking you’re part of the Yakuza, and it would be silly to assume that’s why they’re frowned upon.
It isn’t that Japanese people are so naive to assume that everyone who has tattoos is a Yakuza member, it’s more the connotations that come along with it.
It’s also easier to say “no tattoos” than it is to say “no Yakuza,” because it’s difficult to identify who is part of the organization, but it is true that many of them have Japanese bodysuit tattoos.
In some ways, having visible tattoos in certain public spaces can show a disregard for the complicated history that comes with body art in Japan.
How Did Japanese Tattoos Become Associated with Crime?
Let’s start at the beginning of tattoo culture in Japan.
The farthest historians can trace body art in Japanese culture is the Jōmon period, which stretched from 10,000 to 300BC.
Even during this time, it is believed people were using rudimentary tools to create tattoo designs.
The evidence for this is in Dogū, ancient clay figurines.
Dogū are covered in markings on their faces and bodies that are believed to be tattoos.
The earliest tattoos were used as protective symbols as well as identifying markers for people’s bodies.
Tattoos Rise in Popularity
Cut to the Edo period (1600-1867) in Japan, when tattoos began to rise in popularity toward the end of the time period.
Part of the credit for this mainstream acceptance goes to artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi, who created a popular series of woodblock prints from 1827- 1830.
The prints were inspired by a 14th-century novel and feature people with impressive full-body tattoos.
The traditional Japanese tattoos depicted in those woodblocks are rich with themes we continue to see in contemporary Japanese artwork and tattoo designs, so the ripple effect from way back then is immeasurable.
Tattoos As A Discipline Strategy
Curiously, in the earlier parts of the Edo Period, tattoos were used as a discipline strategy for various misdemeanors.
Outcasts would be tattooed in a highly visible area, usually their face.
These tattoos were meant as a form of embarrassment and public shaming, but also as a way of identifying the outcasts.
Generally, a lawbreaker would be exiled as well as tattooed, and each region had its own markings.
In some areas, they had tattoo symbols that came in 3 “parts,” which you would collect as you re-offended.
After you had 3 strikes, more severe retribution was considered.
Eventually face tattoos gave way to limb tattoos, and the policy completely fizzled out to the point where it was officially abolished in 1872.
As these tattoos became rarer, and Kuniyoshi’s prints were brought to the mainstream, everyday folks started to warm up to the idea of having tattoos themselves.
In 1868, however, everything changed. A second ripple was set into motion when tattoos were outlawed.
This time in Japan (1868-1912) is known as the Meiji era, because it lines up with the reign of Emperor Meiji.
This period is marked by influences from the Western world and a strong effort to both keep up with and improve upon the new technology being developed in the West.
Though many people had tattoos for spiritual or protective reasons, the desire to present a professional face to visiting Westerners was great.
Tattoos were frowned upon in professional settings, and officially outlawed in 1871 as more foreigners began to arrive in Japan.
Those who did choose to get tattoos during this period were sometimes just folks with reckless attitudes, but tattooing was also embraced by outcasts because of its forbidden qualities.
By the time the tattoo ban was officially lifted in 1948, the stigma around Irezumi had been steeped into the Japanese culture.
While tattoos are technically legal now, there are some contemporary issues attached to Japan’s fraught history with tattoos.
Where do I Need to Cover My Tattoos in Japan?
Tattoos carry a stigma in Japan.
Because of this and the private nature of the culture, there are spaces where you’ll need to cover your ink.
If you’re planning on visiting Japan, or live there currently and are looking to get a tattoo, these are things you will have to consider.
It’s not impossible to live freely as a tattooed person in Japan, there’s just some planning involved when entering certain spaces.
You’ll likely need to cover your tattoos in the following places:
- Pools & Beaches
- Fitness Centres
- Public Baths (Onsen)
- Some Workspaces
This may seem tricky to navigate since the majority of these are spaces where your skin is going to be exposed.
In the case of an onsen, you aren’t supposed to wear a bathing suit, so some situations seem impossible to navigate! But you do have some options.
Do Some Research on Tattoo-Friendly Spaces
Because this is a part of living in Japan, there are resources available.
Many websites are dedicated to tattoo-friendly spaces in Japan.
There are some onsen where tattoos are permitted, so plan your day around those locations and you’re golden.
You also have the option to book a private onsen for maximum relaxation.
Nobody minds what nobody sees!
Japan has a sub-tropical climate which means if you visit in the summer, you must be prepared for heat and humidity.
With this in mind, you may feel overwhelmed at the task of keeping your skin covered in certain areas.
You can invest in a Rashi, a lightweight body-covering top designed for athletes, or you can carry around a light scarf.
Some tattooed folks who work in Japan simply cover their ink with bandages when in these settings.
If your tattoo is small enough, it’s easy to carry around a box of waterproof plasters for cover-up situations.
Japanese Tattoo Ideas
There is no shortage of ideas when it comes to Japanese tattoos.
It might feel overwhelming to narrow down the right tattoo that would fit what you are looking for.
The best way to choose the right design would be to do your research on what you want to portray and look up symbols, deities, or traditions that will fit that.
An experienced artist might be a great asset to help guide you as well.
- Black & Grey Japanese Tattoos
It is common to see Japanese tattoos as colorful and bright.
This could be because colors in Japanese culture represent different things.
That shouldn’t stop you from exploring black and grey Japanese tattoos.
This color scheme can still have the same impressive features as a colorful tattoo can.
A big and bold Japanese tattoo is always a thrilling sight to see.
If that is not your style, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get a Japanese-style tattoo.
An understated, small tattoo is still a beautiful choice too.
Maybe choose a simpler design because your tattoo will be on a smaller scale.
Don’t hesitate to work with your tattoo artist to get just the right size and design for your tattoo!
Japanese tattoos are known for their unique-looking designs and the intriguing stories that goes along with them.
Choosing to cover your whole sleeve as placement for one of these tattoos can showcase a story that Japanese culture holds so dearly.
Luckily, the majority of your limb is not a tender or sensitive spot until you reach closer to your wrist, so it is one of the least painful places to get your ink.
- Japanese Tattoo Half Sleeves
If you are not ready to give into a full sleeve tattoo, why not start with a half-sleeve.
This is still ample enough space to showcase your Japanese tattooed ink.
Like a full sleeve, this is not a hyper-sensitive area compared to others, so this can be a great start if you plan on expanding eventually.
- Japanese Tattoo Leg Sleeves
A sleeve full of tattoos is a typical appearance these days, but leg sleeves have quickly become just as popular.
If you are looking to showcase an abundance of Japanese tattoos and not afraid to make a statement, a leg sleeve might be the best option!
Tattooing your thighs will not cause much pain, but as you travel lower to your ankles, the pain will increase, but no worries because it will be worth it!
- Full Body Japanese Tattoos
There are various Japanese tattoos, but did you know the term tattoo is not the proper usage in Japanese culture.
Horimono is the well-known Japanese term for inking your body.
Horimono stands for the carving of images.
Those who live for the artistry of horimono start small by tattooing a part of themselves and eventually spreading their designs across their entire body.
Taking this bold leap allows a person to depict many stories and characters from the Japanese culture.
There is some pain that comes with horimono, depending on the body part, but at the end of it all, I bet you wouldn’t change a thing!
There is no shortage of intensely detailed and intricate Japanese tattoos.
They are popular and found in many tattoo shops, but that doesn’t mean you have to choose a tattoo so intense.
Why not choose a simpler style of a Japanese tattoo?
The possibilities are endless and can still portray the same meaning as a detailed one.
- Japanese Tattoos for Women
When you think of Japanese tattoos, many people might think of “gool-ish” creatures, wicked deities, mischievous folklore, and mighty samurais.
For a woman looking for a more feminine Japanese tattoo, there is no need to feel left out.
The beautiful cherry blossoms of Japan or a geisha protruding pure femininity are wonderful options.
Contemporary Issues with Traditional Japanese Tattoos
Though tattoos have been legal in Japan since 1948, contemporary tattoo laws in Japan have not made it easy for tattoo artists to do their thing.
In 1948 when tattoos were officially legalized in Japan, they were not listed as a medical procedure, because why would they be?
Cut to 2001, the Japanese government was looking for a way to regulate cosmetic face tattoos and beauty procedures.
Tattoos were then classified as “medical procedures” using the justification that a needle pierces the skin during a tattoo application.
Using these new laws, it was easier to regulate cosmetic procedures, which was the original goal.
Tattoo artists weren’t scrutinized using this law, which was fairly obscure until recently.
Tattoo Artist Fines
Suddenly, within the same short period, many tattoo shops in Japan were raided, and artists were handed hefty fines.
In 2015 Japanese tattoo artist Taiki Masuda was among several tattooers who were convicted under the Medical Practitioners Act, which many people were not even aware of.
Artists were fine 300,000 yen, which converts to roughly 2,700 US Dollars. In the eyes of the law, they got off easy.
The Medical Practitioners Act allows tattoo artists in Japan to be fined up to 1 million yen, or put away for 3 years.
This crackdown on Japan’s tattoo artists started in Osaka, where Tōru Hashimoto served as mayor from 2011-2015.
Hashimoto has a vocal dislike of tattoos, and sent out questionnaires in 2012 to find out which government employees had tattoos.
Even if their body art was hidden, Hashimoto felt that tattooed people were not fit to work for the government, and gathered this information so he could suggest the offending parties be fired.
Hashimoto’s opinions were pervasive, and many people still feel distrusting of those with tattoos.
Those who do own tattoo shops now work in a legal gray area, and try to keep their aesthetic as minimal as possible to maintain a low profile.
When the Olympics were set to come to Tokyo in 2020, the hope among some civilians was that these laws would be loosened for the sake of tourism.
Many high profile athletes have tattoos, and if they are comfortable both showing off their art and visiting local tattoo parlors- it would be a huge boost to the economy.
But that old stigma toward tattooing is still so pervasive.
With tattoos only being legalized in 1948, and so much tattoo history in Japan before that, it’s hard to picture a time when people will get on the same page about body art.
Tebori – Traditional Japanese Tattoos
When we say “traditional” in terms of Japanese tattooing, we may be talking about the style of art, the method of application, or both.
The traditional Japanese art style dates back to wood prints that inspired the average Edo period town folk to get tattoos- something that had become associated with unruly activity prior.
Of course, people have been getting tattoos long before tattoo machines (and even electricity!) were used.
The Japanese tradition is known as Tebori.
Some people know traditional tattoo methods as “stick and poke,” which is something of an umbrella term for different cultural versions of these handmade tattoo applicators.
Some Japanese artists still use Tebori techniques in their tattooing, and it has become a requested method in recent years.
While many people consider “stick and poke” tattoos to be unhygienic or time-consuming, they have made a resurgence in the tattoo world.
The Popularity of Japanese Traditional Tattoo Methods
There are a couple of different reasons why modern tattoo clients are asking for Tebori tattoos:
- A new appreciation for handmade – many young adults today are starting to realize the downsides of our fast-paced pre-made culture.
- Many older traditions are becoming popular as people start to re-embrace slow, mindful lifestyle changes.
- The artistry behind a Tebori tattoo makes the experience special and intimate.
- It honors a tradition that doesn’t always get proper respect. In Japan, there is a stigma around tattooing. Because of Irezumi’s long history with unruly activity and the Yakuza, some think less of people with tattoos. There have even been some studies showing that certain people in Japan are uncomfortable swimming with or even sitting next to people with tattoos.
Embracing the old ways is almost a reclaiming of this as an art form, a spiritual experience, and creative expression.
The original tattoos in Japan were thought to protect the wearer from bad spirits.
Getting a tattoo the same way an ancestor would have pays homage to that person.
What is the Tebori Method?
The word Tebori is made up of two parts: Te meaning hand and Bori meaning “to carve. ”
Great tattoo artists in Japan are allowed to call themselves “Horishi,” or carvers.
This isn’t a title to be taken lightly and should be passed on to you by your mentor.
This is the same title given to woodblock artists, and the original woodblock carvers are believed to have also worked as tattoo artists.
The great tattoo artist Horiyoshi III does not call himself an artist, but a craftsman.
He uses a tattoo machine but blends his machine work with some Tebori to keep the tradition alive.
Tebori tools consist of two parts: a metal or bamboo rod and a bundle of needles.
The needles were fixed to the rod using a silk string traditionally, though some people use different materials today.
Instead of the tattoo machine moving the needles, the person applying the Tebori will move their hand back and forth in a rhythmic fashion.
This method will take longer and requires a different skill set than a tattoo machine.
Tebori is less painful than other stick and poke techniques, where the artist uses a little hammer or mallet-type object to drive the needle into the skin.
Are Tebori Tattoos Safe?
As young people begin embracing these old practices, there have been some concerns from public health organizations.
Tattooing is something that needs to be very sterile to keep clients safe, and there is some worry that these older tools are more difficult to sanitize.
Modern Tebori artists have responded to this concern by switching out their needles after every use, the same practice used with a machine.
Do Tebori Tattoos Hurt More?
There is some debate in the tattoo community about whether tattoos hurt more from a machine or from Tebori methods.
A tattoo machine will be quicker, about half the time it takes to get a Tebori tattoo.
But the needle is moving quickly – a tattoo machine can pierce the skin between 50 and 3000 times per minute!
So in some ways, a tattoo machine can be more painful because there is more happening at a much faster rate.
Tebori tattoos take longer though, so it may depend on your determination.
Would you rather have a lot of pain that ends quickly or a slightly less intense pain that goes on longer?
Another thing to consider is your tattoo artist.
No matter what kind of tool an artist uses- technique is key.
Some tattooers have a light touch, while others fastly drive the ink into the skin.
Generally, a tattoo from someone with years of experience will be gentler, because they’ve practiced longer.
Do Tebori Tattoos Look Better?
With all of the vibrant colors we see in many traditional Japanese designs, it’s no wonder artists would want to work with whatever is going to give them the best result.
How a tattoo comes out on your skin will depend almost as much on the artist as it does on the tools.
Some people can achieve amazing, hyper-saturated results with a tattoo machine.
Others argue that they see a deeper, more fleshed-out result from their Tebori work.
Do Tebori Tattoos Heal Better?
Because the process of Tebori is slower and gentler than a fast-moving needle, many Tebori artists say it is less irritant to the skin.
It may heal more quickly and evenly than a tattoo applied with a machine.
Again, this will be influenced by the artist you work with and how much care they take.
There is no official research to show which method heals quicker or more evenly.
Should I choose Tebori or Modern Techniques for my Irezumi?
If you’re more interested in the finished result than the process itself, it’s a good idea to research artists and find someone whose aesthetic appeals to you.
If it’s more about the journey, you’ll experience a longer more intimate process with Tebori style tattooing, and tap into a centuries-old practice while you’re at it.
Either tattoo technique can be a safe, beautiful way to show your love of traditional Japanese tattoos; just do your research and find a great artist first!
Famous Irezumi Artists
If you’re looking to get a traditional-looking Japanese tattoo (Irezumi), it would only make sense to see a traditional Irezumi tattoo artist.
Be discerning, and save your pennies!
Artists with a great reputation may be more expensive, but they’re charging for the years of experience they’ve poured into their craft.
Some Irezumi artists use traditional tools, but many use modern machines and will hone techniques to make them resemble traditional Japanese tattoos with their own artistic flair.
The nice thing about social media is, you can always see the artists in your area without going to their studio.
Of course, if you’re looking to find the best possible person for the job and have the budget to travel, the possibilities are truly endless.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the most amazing artists working in the traditional Japanese style today.
You may have to hop on a long wait list to get in the same room with these people, but the finished product may be worth it!
Here are a couple of our favorite Japanese tattoo artists to follow:
Horiyoshi 3 is a living legend in the tattoo community.
He has been working for roughly 40 years in the industry, and does not plan on retiring.
Born as Yoshihito Nakano in Japan in 1946, he found his calling as a tattoo artist at a young age.
When 10-year-old Yoshihito Nakano was visiting a public bath, he saw a man with an Irezumi, the Japanese word for tattoo.
He spent the rest of that evening asking his family about tattoos and was delighted to discover that his great grandfather had a piece on his back.
Soon he was able to find books on tattooing and lost himself in the images.
He got his first Irezumi on his foot at the age of 15, and was asked by a friend if he would do a design on him.
Nakano began making a little pocket money with his self-taught techniques, and developed his style until it was time to study under a master.
Now completely absorbed in the dream of becoming a great tattoo artist, Nakano wrote to several legendary artists asking to be their apprentice.
He received no reply, until eventually he went right to one of them.
Horiyoshi 1 and his son, Horiyoshi 2, were the only 2 people with that title at the time.
The prefix “Hori” means “to carve,” and is an honor to be given this title.
After Horiyoshi 3 agreed to take Nakano on as an apprentice, he eventually gave him the title of Horiyoshi 3.
Horiyoshi 3 uses a combination of tattoo machines and the traditional Tebori equipment he started with.
Horiyoshi believes in de-stigmatizing tattoos, especially the belief that they are inextricably linked to rowdy activity.
While Horiyoshi has been known to tattoo members of the Yakuza, he feels they are largely misunderstood and do good things for the community.
Many people in Japan have come to share this belief.
They may not love that the Yakuza does certain acts, but the level of organization within the group cuts down on petty or randomized misdemeanors, which keeps innocent people safe.
The Yakuza has also been known to do charity work and make large donations in times of need.
Looking to get tattooed by Horiyoshi III?
Unfortunately, he is getting on in years and has made the decision to finish up the tattoos he has already started, but not take on new clients.
But don’t despair! Horiyoshi III has a brilliant apprentice, his own son.
His title is Horiyoshi “Souryou” the 3rd, and he can be found on Instagram souryou.
Souryou uses a mix of Tebori and tattoo machine techniques to create his artwork.
Keen on continuing the Horiyoshi legacy, he plans to travel to prestigious tattoo conventions across the world.
To Horiyoshi, having an understanding of Japanese traditions and folklore is important when getting a tattoo of these images.
There are some images he will not combine in a tattoo.
To him, every image must honor the history behind it.
Living a little far from Japan?
Maybe you’d be interested in meeting a Russian-born artist living in NYC who happens to be a master at traditional-looking Japanese tattoos.
Another legend on the scene, Bardadim has been perfecting the art of the Japanese tattoo for 30 years.
His website states that he is interested in performing Japanese tattoo designs only, so he’s dedicated to the craft.
Similar to Horiyoshi 3, Bardadim caught the tattooing bug at a young age.
Growing up in Eastern Europe, he was endlessly fascinated by his father’s wrist tattoo.
He asked him about it all the time and was so curious as to how it didn’t wash off with soap and water.
Bardadim started “from scratch” in his words in 1988, when there wasn’t really a tattoo scene to speak of in Eastern Europe.
He fell in with a group of punk rockers and one night a friend of his insisted on getting an amateur tattoo.
Because Baradim was the best artist in the group, the task fell on him.
His first piece was done using a sewing needle and the ink he used to draw on paper.
After practicing with this experimental and time-consuming method, he decided to build a machine.
This was in a time before onkine tutorials, but luckily Bardadim had the next best thing- a friend who had just gotten out of the pen.
He taught him how to build a rudimentary machine, and Bardadim continued to study by practicing and reading anything he could find on the art of tattooing.
Bardadim has worked in other styles of tattooing in the past, but will no longer work in mediums other than the traditional Japanese style.
He feels that, while tattoo artists may choose a style to start with, over time a style will choose them.
He prefers the Japanese style of tattooing because of its bold lines and bright colors.
After years in the industry, he has seen what does and doesn’t age well, and isn’t shy to tell his clients if their tattoo concepts will become less attractive over time.
Ever the perfectionist, he will work with clients to improve upon their designs.
Japanese tattoos, he says, tend to maintain their integrity over the years, so he has chosen to work with Irezumi for the foreseeable future.
Science Reveals Why Tattooed Dudes Are So Damn Attractive
Girls want to date them. Boys want to be like them. And there’s a reason why bad boys — specifically tattooed ones — capture our attention. Beyond broadcasting the fact that tattoos clue us into a bad boy not afraid of sticking needles full of ink into their epidermis, tattoos are a way to scream male virility and health to the outside world, according to a forthcoming study in Personality and Individual Differences.
The study — “Tattooed Men: Healthy Bad Boys and Good-Looking Competitors” — highlights how little we understand about evolution’s role in attraction. Here’s the basic reasoning: Getting a tattoo, by definition, is painful; sticking a needle chock full ‘o ink is also, you know, a health hazard. And it’s (mostly) permanent. If you emerge from a tattoo unscathed, you just survived a wound. Which means, by definition, that you, dear sir, are a man who is of above-average health and “immunocompetence. ”
The researchers — Andrzej Galbarczyk of Jagiellonian University and Anna Ziomkiewicz from the Polish Academy of Sciences — tested this theory IRL by showing 2584 men and women photos of nine actual, non-smiling, torso-and-up, tattoo-less men. The kicker? They were shown in their natural, non-inked state and a Photoshopped state, replete with tats. These photos were then presented to test subjects, who rated the pictures.
Regardless of gender and sexual orientation, tattooed men stood out as more masculine, more dominant, and more aggressive than their non-tattooed versions — in other words, the stereotypical vision of the machismo man.
Okay, so tattooed men were deemed healthy. But what about that key factor of evolutionary biology, that whole mating and attractiveness part? Women, in particular, saw tattooed men and rated them as healthier than their original version — though not necessarily more attractive than the originals. Men, however, saw a tatted up dude and found them way hotter than their plain selves.
Here’s the twist, though: Women don’t buy tattooed men as better partners or potential daddies. They see tattoos as maybe hot, maybe not, and definitely not worthy of more than a one-night stand. Men, however, found tattooed men to be perfectly fine — health- and look-wise — and definitely capable of being partner/father material. This seems to have a stronger effect the more ink a guy adds on: Increasing tattoos turned a woman off but had men positive the guy was future husband/pops material.
Which brings us to two takeaways. First, in a society with an increasing amount of humans inking up and increasingly liberal attitudes about accepting tattoos in the workplace, we’re not quite in a (evolutionary) stage to accept them as signs of an attractive, supportive partner. The tattoos might actually serve as an indicator of crime and violence; given classical societal connections of tattoos with drug lords and gangs, that’s not surprising and probably feeds into the idea that tattoos are permanent and painful in the first place, so a person has to be a bit of a deviant to want them. Second, tattoos should be considered with respect to sexual orientation. While straight females might find them a turn-off, homosexual males won’t — and that plays into what the authors call “male-male competition.”
These effects go beyond tattooing — think piercings, or other signs of “asymmetry.” In other words, anything that shows body abnormalities or modification clue an outsider into how capable a man is of being a father and partner.
In short: If you’re gay, roll up that shirt sleeve and showcase your inked sleeve. If you’re straight, maybe don’t do that — unless you’re looking for a no strings attached one-night stand.
Perceptions of Body Modifications – EllipticalReviews.com
Tattoos, piercings, unique haircuts, and dyed hair are just a few ways an individual can modify his or her appearance and immediately become a “different person.” However, a person with a sleeve tattoo or nose ring may be treated differently than someone who presents a plainer look. To see how people’s perceptions of attractiveness varied based on bodily alterations, we asked over 2,600 people how they viewed men and women with various body modifications. Are respondents more attracted to men with gauge piercings than a tattoo sleeve? Were lip rings or breast implants considered more alluring in women? Continue reading to see what we found.
PERCEPTIONS OF MALE BODY MODS
Body modifications can incite many responses from onlookers, but does gender affect the overall reaction? And how do these personal choices impact one’s attractiveness? The answer is a bit complicated when you consider men and women may choose vastly different modifications.
We asked respondents who were attracted to men to rate a man’s Photoshopped body modifications as positive (highly attractive), negative (not at all attractive), or neutral (does not impact attractiveness either way). Most preferred the man without any body modifications at all. More than three-quarters met this look with positivity.
A sleeve tattoo had more than a 50 percent attractiveness rating. Compare this look with the more extreme face tattoo – you can’t exactly hide it on a first date. It had nearly the opposite effect (49 percent negative).
Perhaps our respondents have at least some positive associations with sleeve tattoos – several current male celebrities sport sleeve tattoos, including singer-songwriter John Mayer, former soccer player David Beckham, and actor and wrestler Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
The same can’t be said for man buns, unfortunately. Although some of Hollywood’s most elite male celebrities, such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Hemsworth, and Jared Leto, have sported man buns at some point, according to our research. Still, more than half of respondents rated this hairstyle as a negative.
PERCEPTIONS OF FEMALE BODY MODS
When we looked at gender-specific body mods on a woman, we also found most respondents (more than 64 percent) preferred the natural woman. But none found our model to be less attractive once she had larger breasts. In fact, this was the only body modification that had almost zero impact (just shy of 64 percent positive) on the woman’s beauty.
Breast augmentation is the second most frequently performed cosmetic surgery on women, right behind liposuction. However, enhanced doesn’t always mean bigger.
Women choose breast augmentations for many reasons, and there is a general change to the look women prefer after going under the knife. Women are opting for smaller size increases and breast lifts. Pamela Anderson, Victoria Beckham, and Crystal Hefner are just a few celebrities who chose to undotheir breast augmentations later in life, noting either physical distress or personal regret due to their size. Maybe they kicked off a trend.
SOCIAL GROUP SOUND OFF: MALE BODY MODS
Who finds each of these body modifications most attractive? Goths who were attracted to men found that men with lip rings, nose rings, and combined modifications were the most desirable. Respondents could self-identify with one of 12 social groups – basic, gamer, goth, hipster, indie, nerd, prep, punk, scene, sporty, urban, and other.
Goth people were in the top five of attracted groups for each of these modifications – except for man buns.
Hipster, scene, indie, nerd, and sporty respondents found those rocking a man bun to be the most attractive. However, there’s bad news for the men who sport this hairstyle, and those who love them for it: Man buns may be behind the increase in traction alopecia (or acute baldness) in men.
SOCIAL GROUP SOUND OFF: FEMALE BODY MODS
Those identifying as punk rated the model with a short haircut and vibrant color, nose ring, and lip ring the highest. They also rated the model with a tattoo sleeve and combined modifications highly.
Survey respondents who were attracted to women and classified themselves as indie found the model with the tattoo sleeve to be the most attractive – that ink is turning their heads. Indie respondents were also fans of the model with a lip ring, extreme haircut and color, and combined modifications.
DESCRIPTIONS OF MALE BODY MODIFICATIONS
If you’re a man rocking face tattoos, gauges, lip rings, nose rings, or combined modifications, our research indicates that respondents may find you to be an attention-seeker, first and foremost. In fact, tattoos are becoming much more acceptable and ordinary, with roughly 3 in 10 U.S. adults having at least one.
Our respondents believed that most sporting these modifications, from man buns to gauges, were also trendy.
DESCRIPTIONS OF FEMALE BODY MODIFICATIONS
Women who had breast implants, lip injections, nose rings, and combined modifications were described as insecure in the top five perceptions of our respondents. Meanwhile, those with sleeve tattoos, lip rings, and extreme haircuts and color were also seen, within the top five perceptions, as down-to-earth.
POWER OF PERCEPTION
Whether this information empowers you to try out that new hair color you’ve been mulling over or makes you second guess those gauges is up to you. Respondents who preferred men generally felt that any type of modification to the male body made it less attractive. Respondents who preferred women also found body-modified women to be less attractive, but body modifications had less of an impact on women’s allure than they did men. However, certain body modifications had fans within social groups. Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder.
For this study, we Photoshopped a male and female model to show various body modifications. We displayed these images to over 2,600 Americans, who rated each model depending on the sex to which they were most attracted. We averaged the rating of each image to establish a “base rating” with the original, unaltered model’s image. We then calculated the percent difference from the base rating for each modification.
In addition, survey respondents answered questions related to the group with which they most identified, and selected keywords related to each image they were shown.
90,000 tattoo prints in the collections of Maison Martin Margiela, Dior, Vetements and other brands
In early March, the Pushkin Museum opened the Tatu exhibition about one of the most interesting and little-studied phenomena of our life. During the quarantine period, you can walk through the exhibition with the curators online on the museum’s website, where video tours are posted. In this article, we will talk about tattoo print in modern fashion and the connection between tattoo art and an equally ancient human attribute – clothing.
Tattoo and clothing perform similar functions: they denote status, belonging to a culture.Tattoo designs, like many other ornaments, naturally became part of fashion, which, as an independent organism, exists and develops inseparably with life itself, sometimes outstripping it, and sometimes catching up with it. In the case of a tattoo, we can rather say that fashion is catching up with it, rethinking what has already become established in the tattoo world.
The main tattoo styles formed the basis of many prints: tribal (tribal tattoos), traditional Japanese tattoos, American old school and Russian prison tattoos, as well as their various hybrids.Unsurprisingly, tribal wearable patterns and Asian irezumi, which traditionally cover large areas of the body, have attracted fashion designers.
Now imitation of tattoos in clothes is a trend that wanders from season to season, from collection to collection, and in some cases acts as a “visiting card” of the brand.
In his 1971 Tatu collection, designer Issei Miyake used traditional Japanese tattoo motifs, mixing them with the images of musical icons of the time – Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.The print for the dress and man’s bodysuit was designed by artist Makiko Minagawa, who was just getting started with the designer. For the Japanese, Miyake, the inclusion of tattoo designs in the collection was part of an important dialogue with his own culture. At the end of the 18th century, tattooing in Japan was associated with the underworld. By opening the country to foreigners and caring for the impression it would make on civilized nations, the Japanese authorities decided to put an end to this barbaric, in their view, practice.In 1872, an official ban on tattoos was introduced, it was removed only in 1948, but echoes of a negative attitude towards tattoos can be heard even in modern Japanese society. The image of Janis Joplin is also not accidental – she was one of the first women in the music scene to publicly show her tattoos.
Dress “Tattoo” © The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Masayuki Hayashi
Maison Martin Margiela
After the Miyake collection, the young and talented Martin Margiela turned to tattoo print.His third collection, spring-summer 1989, which was shown on an abandoned playground on the outskirts of Paris, was a real event: the audience sat interspersed with children, and the models walked on an uneven, non-display surface. One of the collection’s iconic items is the translucent top, which has a pattern reminiscent of the tattoos of the Marquesas Islands with their circular patterns. This top was later recreated in a slightly modified form in a 2012 collaboration between H&M and Martin Margiela.
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In the Maison Martin Margiela spring-summer 2014 collection, the theme of tattoo reappears, but already quite literally – in the form of beaded tattoo stripes that form a corset. Here you can see the already classic motives of the famous American tattoo artist Sailor Jerry, who created the style that we now call old-school tattoos (hearts with inscriptions, roses, swallows, pin-up girls and much more).
Speaking of tattoos in fashion, it is impossible not to mention the experimenter Jean-Paul Gaultier, who used tattoo prints in many collections. For example, the 1994 collection was called Les Tatouages. This is a real hymn to tattooing – different tattoo styles are mixed there: tribal, Japanese tattoo, Egyptian and African motives. In addition, tattooed models participated in the show, their bodies were painted in the style of tribal tattoos.
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For Gaultier, a tattoo on translucent tight-fitting garments is a recognizable move. Ethnic patterns will appear in his lines more than once. For example, the spring 2009 collection includes silk slip dresses, mesh dresses, T-shirts and underwear with tattoo prints. Throughout the spring 2012 show, the theme of tattoo (a mixture of old school and Japanese style) runs very delicately. Drawings made in black and blue paint appear on all sorts of garments, accessories, and shoes.In 2014, Gaultier launched a collaboration with the Swedish brand Lindex, in which they launched mesh tops with a print in the form of tattoos.
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The inventive virtuoso John Galliano is especially sensitive to imitations of tattoos in clothes. In his famous “Egyptian” collection in 1997, he presented the thinnest translucent tops and leggings with tattoos – Egyptian ornaments, flags of America and Great Britain, skulls, bows, animals, stars and even the faces of George Washington and Galliano himself.They seem to be not fully traced and from this they look even more natural – you can understand that this is not a real tattoo only by looking closely at the barely noticeable seams.
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The 2002 Dior collection featured translucent mesh tops with Gothic tattoo lettering. Galliano’s 1997 colorful tattoo print bodysuit repeats for Dior in the spring 2004 collection. Moreover, some drawings literally copy his own early line, for example, the image of the flag on the chest.
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In 2019, Dior Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri turned to the circus theme in her couture collection. It presented the finest jumpsuit with black and white tattoos in the form of roses, snakes and other animals, birds, as well as celestial bodies. This image reminded of the artists of the late 19th – early 20th centuries performing in circuses and fairs in the genre of “tattooed people”.
The famous Don Ed Hardy, a tattoo artist from Southern California, a favorite student of the legendary Sailor Jerry, who largely inherited his style, played an important role in the popularization of tattoo print in clothes.After the death of the teacher, the devoted student founded a small company, Sailor Jerry, producing themed souvenirs, clothes and rum. In 2000, Hardy, in collaboration with renowned French designer Christian Audigier, launched his own semi-sports clothing brand, Ed Hardy, which quickly gained its characteristic “face” and loyal fans among celebrities.
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In 2010, Louis Vuitton creative director Marc Jacobs unveiled a men’s collection created in collaboration with his beloved tattoo artist Scott Campbell, who filled Jacobs himself and many other stars with “fun” tattoos. In the collection, a soft, “calm” tattoo print was applied to clothes, bags and accessories. The patterns include horse-dragon hybrids that resemble Chinese jianzhi-style paper silhouettes, as well as a brand logo surrounded by a simpler pattern.
Comme Des Garçons
The Homme Plus Fall / Winter 2015 Men’s Collection blends tattoo motifs with graffiti, extending to cardigans, jackets, sleeves and leggings.Later, Comme Des Garçons will also release a women’s collection – mesh tops and leggings with American tattoo motifs.
Dries van Noten
Belgian designer Dries van Noten also turned out to be partial to tattoo prints in tight-fitting clothes. In 2016, he presented a bold and print-rich spring collection that included mesh turtlenecks, long gloves and socks with imitation Japanese tattoos and tribal motifs.
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An interesting case is the men’s clothing brand Berluti, which, in addition to the main collections, creates a customized design of leather shoes and accessories, including decorating using the tattoo technique. These designs are created by hand on Venetian leather goods using a real tattoo machine and ink. The brand’s visual cues include American tattoos and variations on Chinese zodiac signs and calligraphy. This delicate leather tattooing technique was developed by the already mentioned tattoo artist Scott Campbell and Olga Berluti in 2003.In 2016–2017, Berluti, together with Scott Campbell, released a collection with six original designs – variations on the theme of ethnic patterns, notches, and images of snakes.
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In 2018, many designers turned to tattoo prints, including Demna Gvasalia. In the Vetements spring-summer 2019 collection, he used motifs of Russian prison tattoos: domes, snakes, the image of the Virgin Mary and the Child, the sign of the wind rose, the inscriptions “USSR” and “Sukhumi”.The date “1993” in Roman numerals (“MCMXCIII”), the year when Gvasalia was forced to leave his hometown, was also tattooed.
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Speaking of tattoos in the collections of Alexander McQueen, one immediately thinks of scarves with a tattoo print. But especially interesting from this point of view is the men’s spring 2016 collection, which is built around a tattoo. It seems to tell a story about Victorian sailors and their tattoos, each of which is a symbol of long wanderings.All the main marine paraphernalia can be traced here: mermaids, a wind rose, chains, a ship, an anchor.
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There are brands that use tattoo patterns in almost every collection, for some of them tattoo designs are an established “language”. Among them are Zadig & Voltaire, Diesel, Dsquared2. In the Fall-Winter 2015 collection, Love Moschino introduced a whole line of semi-sportswear inspired by old-school tattoos.In 2017, Tod’s launched a collection of bags, shoes and accessories, created in collaboration with celebrity artist Saira Hongjan, nicknamed “The Girl with the Golden Needle. ” In his work, Khunjan mixes different oriental styles. She was undoubtedly influenced by her native Indian culture. For Tod’s, she created a monochrome image of a mythological creature resembling a dragon. In 2018, Longchamp presented a collection of bags and accessories with contoured old-school tattoos (birds, butterflies, lettering, flowers).
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90,000 100 photos, meaning, sketches for girls and men
Tattoos have long become a common decoration of the body. And it is not at all surprising to see a completely hammered back or an arm of both female and male representatives. Previously, only important and famous personalities exhibited spectacular tattoos for everyone to see. Today, every second has a body drawing. It was believed that the tattoo carries a special meaning, which is understandable only to its owner.One of the most significant and meaningful tattoo images is a drawing of a leopard. Let’s take a closer look at what semantic meaning this beautiful animal has.
The meaning of a leopard tattoo
A tattoo on a body depicting a leopard often reflects specific qualities and traits of a person’s character. Such an image expresses and emphasizes the strength, courage, courage, determination, and sometimes the aggression of its owner. It is believed that this tattoo is stuffed by brave and courageous people.The image of a leopard can be either an independent drawing or a component of any composition with a deep semantic meaning. It is very common to find a leopard in combination with knives, flowers or a sunset. Sometimes the original image of a leopard fighting with another animal, for example, a snake, is performed.
In the Christian faith, this animal was considered an accomplice of the devil himself. And such an image was interpreted as a symbol of sinfulness. It is because of this meaning that a leopard tattoo has long been welcomed exclusively among believers.An image of an animal or at least spots identical to its color will tell about the courage and endurance of its owner. It can also be a symbol of loneliness and the fact that a person achieves everything in life on his own.
Leopard tattoos for men
A bold leopard print on a male body symbolizes royal majesty, the elevation of one’s own self-esteem and superiority over other people. Therefore, this picture is typical for purposeful and strong men.The meaning of a leopard tattoo has a large number of variations, for example:
This image can become a personal amulet exclusively for men independent of the opinions of other men, that is, for self-confident people. Often lonely men who lead an independent life decide to wear such a tattoo.In this regard, they easily perceive changes and very simply adapt to them, deriving benefit from this for themselves.
Beautiful leopard tattoos for women
Tattoos in the shape of a leopard among the fair sex are usually used to express their beauty and grace. Of course, this is a symbol of superiority over others, glamor and independence. Most often, girls have such tattoos on their arms, legs, shoulders, back, chest and thigh.For girls, a color image of an animal is characteristic. Such a female pattern very often carries a sense of devotion and fertility. Sometimes there are separate spots of leopard color on some parts of the body, which can mean secrecy and hiding the truth about yourself. Perhaps a woman with such a tattoo pretends to be not who she really is in order to retain the advantages for herself. Still, it is impossible to unequivocally judge the meaning of tattoos in women. The position of the beast, its color and size are very important.This drawing is most suitable for independent, daring and strong girls.
The best areas of the body for tattooing leopard
The most successful and impressive tattoo depicting a leopard looks on the forearm or thigh. If a sample of the whole animal is taken as a basis, then the area on the body should also be large enough so that the drawing does not look ridiculous and distorted. For example, there will be enough space on the back or chest to complete such a pattern.
Individual parts of the animal, for example, spots or the head, are also very popular. Such tattoos can be performed on absolutely any part of the body. The most popular is the transfer of an animal from a sketch to an edge or side. Girls are very fond of performing footprints, which betray the personality of mystery and modesty. Men are characterized by clear geometric shapes. Small tattoos look great on the shins, wrist or arm. The color scheme may correspond to the natural color of the leopard.But very often black and white solutions are also used. From this, the image does not lose its superiority and attractiveness.
Realistic leopard tattoo
Realism is a style that clearly exceeds all ratings in terms of popularity when performing tattoos. Using this technique, you can very clearly and naturally make the image of a leopard. But in order to do a decent job, you need to find a good master and be patient, because a detailed drawing of a predator will take a lot of time.
Black Leopard Tattoo
Graphics — Monochrome images with crisp lines and corners. A feature of this style is that all drawings are performed exclusively in black, and additional shadows and transitions are depicted using strokes. A predatory animal in the style of a graphic looks quite original and interesting.
Color options for a leopard tattoo on the photo
Nature has awarded the leopard with an unsurpassed color and incredible appearance.Basically, this animal is depicted in combination with a grin, but sometimes there are quite calm variants of drawings, without aggression and rudeness, for example, a calmly resting leopard near a tree or on it. Colored wearable designs combined with cute and delicate flowers or rough daggers are also very popular.
Unusual sketches of leopard tattoos
A huge role in choosing a leopard tattoo is played by the style in which the sketch is made. It is on him that the meaning and nature of the sketch depends, and in the future, the interpretation of the tattoo on the body. A leopard tattoo is a very bold and extravagant decision. It is not suitable for all people. So be very careful when choosing a sketch for your body.
90,000 Two women and seven men died from coronavirus in the Novosibirsk region
In total, 190 new cases of COVID-19 were detected in a day, 2510 people died in the region during the pandemic
Nine more people have died from coronavirus in the Novosibirsk region, according to the regional headquarters on Tuesday, August 17.Died five men aged 57, 71, 81, 88 and 89 years old, two men who were 64 years old, as well as women 79 and 85 years old. Thus, since the beginning of the pandemic in the Novosibirsk region, 2,510 people have died from the coronavirus.
Over the past day, 190 new cases of coronavirus were recorded in the region. Since the beginning of observations, 56,003 cases of covid diseases have been identified in the region, including 4249 in children.
In infectious diseases hospitals in the region there are 2,772 patients diagnosed with COVID-19 or suspected of it, 47 of them are children.There are 195 people in intensive care and intensive care units, 18 patients are on mechanical ventilation.
At the same time, 117 people recovered per day, over the entire observation period the disease was defeated by 46485 patients.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 2,290,878 coronavirus tests have been made in the Novosibirsk Region. The headquarters noted that citizens have turned to doctors 510 times a day with complaints of ARVI symptoms.
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Men Tattoos With Meaning – Men Tattoos With Character
Men’s tattoos with meaning is a group of plots that have meanings that are important for the owner of the tattoo and understandable for many people.The tattoo embodies the experienced emotions, helps to navigate in oneself, find motivation and fight against weaknesses. Every man who turns to the search for a tattoo sketch with meaning wants to find the most suitable option for himself.
Tattooing is one of the most successful ways to communicate with the outside world. You find not only a drawing that is important to yourself, but also help people better understand your views or experiences. We have selected examples of the most capacious men’s tattoos with meaning and tattoos denoting emotions, feelings and character traits.
1. The Most Popular Men Tattoos with Meaning
2. Tattoos Expressing Feelings for Men
Wolf Tattoo for Men
Wolf tattoo is the choice of strong-willed strong people with a strong character and principles. Wolf tattoos are chosen by independent people who do not betray their interests. A wolf tattoo will become the talisman of its owner, will protect him in difficult times and give him faith in himself.
A man with a wolf tattoo instills reliability.This male tattoo with meaning means protection and courage. He is the leader of his pack.
Tattoo Compass for Men
Today, the compass has a more metaphorical meaning. People no longer need to worry about the direction of planes, ships and other vehicles. However, the search for your own life path always remains relevant. Most men go through many temptations and trials, but at the same time they can remain true to their ideals and principles.A compass tattoo embodies this inner core: a person looks at his dream of life like a compass needle always looks north.
Tattoo Anchor for Men
Anchor tattoo means commitment and loyalty to your principles. An anchor in a metaphorical sense means that the owner of the tattoo has a position in life, landmarks and will not be carried away by the course of life. Anchor tattoo has a very old tradition, it was stuffed by sailors to remember home, family, loyalty and the incentive to live and fight.Anchor tattoo is one of the most popular men’s tattoos with meaning since ancient times.
Lion Tattoo for Men
Many men are close to the image of a lion, a brave and strong defender. As a lion protects his territory and family, a real man protects his loved ones and his life principles. Such a tattoo is also suitable for men who are used to dealing with everything alone, people with a bright personality.
Dragon Tattoo for Men
Men very often choose the plot of dragon tattoos.The symbols of strength, fortitude, wisdom and invincible power are close to masculine nature. Strong personalities strive even in their tattoos to give themselves even more motivation for excellence. The dragon is strong, but there are warriors who defeated the dragon. People who choose a dragon tattoo with this very message tell themselves that you should never lose a person inside yourself, not fall under the deceptive influence of unlimited power, be strong, but remain realistic.
Tattoo Skull for Men
From the earliest times, the skull symbolized death, decay, impermanence and the movement of time.In ancient times, people were close to nature and observed that everything dies and is born again. Winter succeeds summer, time goes round and round, and in spite of death, life continues in the world. It is this cyclical process, not dying, that most people invest in a skull tattoo.
Most men associate a skull tattoo with the biker tradition: complete freedom, faith in fate and their own strengths. Such tattoos give self-confidence, masculinity and strength. A tattoo with a skull reminds a man of his true purpose, that he should live the time allotted to him with meaning.
Tattoo Elephant for Men
In Chinese and Indian cultures, elephants were worshiped as carriers of divine wisdom and royal peaceful power. These huge strong animals have been indispensable helpers of people for a long time. In times of peace, elephants served the farmers, and in military raids they gave their leaders a huge advantage over the enemy. Thus, the elephant has earned deep respect and veneration from people.
This drawing will suit calm, peaceful and strong men.The elephant embodies wisdom, the solution of all life issues with the help of the power of the intellect, reliability and peacefulness. If all these qualities are inherent in you, then a tattoo with an elephant will be your message to other people, a symbol and a talisman.
Fidelity or Loyalty: Men’s Tattoos with Meaning with the Meaning of Fidelity
Several types of tattoos are suitable to indicate fidelity. For example swan tattoo . As you know, swans create a pair for life and have long been considered the standard of fidelity in the world.
Another option – red rose tattoo . This popular symbol is also considered a symbol of fidelity.
Anchor tattoo , which we wrote about above, also reflects the principle of loyalty to oneself, principles, beloved and family.
Strength: Tattoo for Men with the meaning of Strength
One of the most common and popular tattoo options with the meaning of strength is a bear. This predatory, strong animal is considered the standard of power, strength and internal energy.
In addition to a bear tattoo, an elephant tattoo is also suitable to indicate strength.
Pain: Male Meaning Tattoos with the Meaning of Pain
The experienced pain can be depicted on a tattoo using many symbols.
- Heart pierced with knives
- rose with knife
- knife and blood
The pain of loss or betrayal is not perpetuated in order to constantly remember unpleasant moments. And in order to remember your victory over troubles and troubles, always believe in the best.
Courage: Men’s Tattoos with Meaning Expressing Courage
The phoenix represents courage. This mythical bird is reborn from the ashes, dies to be reborn. Such a transience of life like that of a phoenix reminds a man that he needs to be brave and courageous, not to be afraid of responsible decisions. even there will have to start a new life and “reborn from the ashes” it will be a new and better period, a new future and horizons.
Courage: Men’s Tattoos with Meaning
The symbol of courage is the tiger.The majestic and strong temper of a large predator often resonates with the male audience of tattoo lovers. Men, as a rule, cultivate strength of mind, energy, will to fight and the ability to stand up for themselves. Therefore, the image of a tiger, a large graceful animal, very often becomes the subject of men’s tattoos.
Betrayal: Men Tattoos With Meaning
To embody the meaning of betrayal in a tattoo, you can refer to the plot of a rose and a knife.