The Exceptional Art Of Japanese Tattooing

Full of rich history and spiritual symbols - 2 years ago by

The culture of tattooing is an amazing form of art especially in Japan. Of course Japan itself is a land of many curios and at times even weird things and the Japanese people are globally known for their vast and absolutely astonishing culture. Just a simple example of what exactly you can encounter in the land of the rising sun – The culture of tattooing is an amazing form of art especially in Japan. Of course Japan itself is a land of many curios and at times even weird things and the Japanese people are globally known for their vast and absolutely astonishing culture. Just a simple example of what exactly you can encounter in the land of the rising sun – https://viewkick.com/50-weird-things-you-will-see-in-japan

Japanese began using tattoos in their most basic and raw form more than 10,000 years ago, as the women in the ancient Ainu people used to tattoo themselves to look like their goddess in order to avoid diseases that they though were demons. Then later on tattoos were for social and spiritual purposes. Most of all they were used to mark criminals. It’s a widely known fact that Japan was the last country to ban the marking of criminals late in the 19th century. People of course used all kinds of colorful and decorative drawings to cover those marks and that’s how the art has started. 

Even nowadays many tattoos are a sign of the Yakuza, the Japanese mafia, as more than 70% of their members are heavily tattooed expressing their devotion to the shady organization. 

In the modern times Japanese tattoos have evolved massively and are some the greatest ink art in the world. Irezumi as they call it, meaning “insert ink” has a various spiritual meanings and the drawings are full of color and history. There are two different styles of Japanese tattooing: Tebori and Yobori.

Yobori is the most modern way, done with a tattoo machine.

Tebori is the traditional hand tattooing, where the needles are much larger and are tied to a bamboo stick. The biggest advantage of the Tibori style is that the tattoo has such gradations of tone that are not possible to do with a machine.  

 

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