Japanese tattoos have an ancient tradition, but their connotation has almost always been associated with the criminal world. They were in fact used to mark criminals for life. The famous Yakuza drew from the tradition of tattoo making a real signature, so that even today, many public places prohibit the entry of tattooed people. Only a few years ago that the traditional Japanese tattoo (irezumi) found its definitive consecration breaking through the boundaries of the country and flooding around the world.

The subjects used range from animals, mythological demons, the koi carp and, for those who wear them, they become a sort of reminder of their life aspirations. A tattoo irezumi represents a long and painful process, it is made only by a selected few teachers who still use traditional tools to achieve them. It was made famous by the meticulous perfection and their precise patterns: the dragon is depicted together with the chrysanthemum, the lion along with the peony, hannya masks along with snakes and Buddhist symbols.

Shoulder Japanese Carp Koi tattoo by Fontecha Iron
Japanese Back Dragon Geisha tattoo by Tattoo Power
Japanese Carp Koi Sleeve tattoo by Proskura Art
Flower Japanese Skull Sleeve tattoo by Dalmiro Tattoo
Japanese Demon Sleeve Lotus tattoo by Dalmiro Tattoo
Japanese Dragon Sleeve tattoo by Dalmiro Tattoo
Shoulder Japanese Dragon Demon Sleeve tattoo by Dalmiro Tattoo
Japanese Buddha Wave Sleeve tattoo by Dalmiro Tattoo
Shoulder Japanese Dragon tattoo by Dalmiro Tattoo
Japanese Dragon Sleeve tattoo by Dalmiro Tattoo
Japanese Dragon Sleeve tattoo by Sebaninho Tattoo
Japanese Buddha Sleeve tattoo by Sebaninho Tattoo
Japanese Dragon Sleeve tattoo by Sebaninho Tattoo
Shoulder Japanese Carp tattoo by Sebaninho Tattoo
Leg Japanese Carp Koi tattoo by Sebaninho Tattoo
Shoulder Chest Japanese Dragon Sleeve tattoo by Sebaninho Tattoo
Japanese Back Carp Koi tattoo by Sebaninho Tattoo
Arm Leg Japanese Back Carp Butt Koi Body tattoo by Sebaninho Tattoo
Arm Flower Japanese Wave tattoo by Sebaninho Tattoo
Flower Japanese Skull Dragon Demon Sleeve tattoo by Nicklas Westin
Japanese Carp Koi Sleeve tattoo by Nicklas Westin
Japanese Buddha Sleeve tattoo by Nicklas Westin
Arm Flower Japanese tattoo by Nicklas Westin
Arm Japanese Buddha tattoo by Nicklas Westin
Japanese Sleeve tattoo by Siluha Tattoo
Shoulder Japanese Demon tattoo by Siluha Tattoo
Japanese Back Geisha tattoo by Tattoo-77
Shoulder Japanese Carp Koi tattoo by Forever Tattoo
Calf Leg Japanese Dragon tattoo by Forever Tattoo
Japanese Back tattoo by Forever Tattoo
Shoulder Japanese Geisha tattoo by Secret Tattoo & Piercing
Arm Japanese Carp tattoo by Slawit Ink
Shoulder Japanese Tiger tattoo by Michael Litovkin
Shoulder Japanese Geisha tattoo by Michael Litovkin
Shoulder Japanese Geisha tattoo by Vienna Electric Tattoo
Flower Japanese Skull Sleeve tattoo by Vienna Electric Tattoo
Snake Japanese Samurai Thigh tattoo by Dave Wah
Calf Flower Japanese Geisha tattoo by Blacksheep Ink
Shoulder Japanese Samurai tattoo by Kipod Studio
Clock Japanese Eye Demon Sleeve Pagoda tattoo by Victoria Boaghi
Arm Japanese Geisha tattoo by Victoria Boaghi
Side Japanese Dragon Geisha tattoo by RG74 tattoo

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