Japanese Tattoos Addison IL
Glen Ellyn, IL
Japanese Tattoo Designs - From fierce dragons to delicate flower blossoms or large intricate scenes of samurai warriors locked in mortal combat with powerful demons , Japanese style tattoos can provide designs and symbols that work for anyone. Whether it's a koi lazily swimming across a hip, an emerald serpent slithering up a calf, a ring of cherry blossoms joined together in an ankle or armband, or a samurai and lady embracing on your back, you may find yourself enticed into wearing them all as part of your personal Japanese tattoo. An integral part of the beauty and allure of traditional Japanese tattooing is the capacity for the forms and designs to evolve and develop over time from smaller, separate individual tattoos into magnificent motifs that may encompass an arm as a sleeve or become an entire back-piece or eventually morph into an all encompassing kimono that may cover the entire body!
Tattoo design in Japan was greatly influenced by the woodblock prints (ukiyoe) found in novels and colourful advertisements for plays, particularly during the late18th and into the 19th century. The literary heroes depicted in the woodblock designs were often shown with extensive and elaborate tattoos. Some of these were so spectacular -- particularly those by the woodblock artist Kuniyoshi -- that the youth of the day were inspired to have the images tattooed on their own bodies.
Classical tattooing conformed to specific designs for those legendary heroes and religious symbols, artistically and harmoniously combined with animal and floral motifs. These were set against a backdrop of elemental symbols such as clouds, bolts of lightning and waves. The designs were often drawn onto the tattoo client by the woodblock artist himself and then inked by the tattooist. These images covered the back and continued on to the arms, legs and chest. Commonly, the only areas not tattooed were the hands and feet, from the wrist and ankle down, and the head, from the neck up.
The artist, Hokusai, broke away from the traditional motifs and introduced highly stylized land and seascapes, the most famous being the instantly recognizable, 'Beneath the Wave'. He also introduced a shade of blue not previously found in Japan, having acquired it from his friend and fellow painter, Manet, one of the French Impressionists. The full-body suit, which is synonymous with Japanese tattooing, made its appearance during that period.
The first evidence of Japanese tattoo design can be seen on 5000-year-old figurines recovered from tombs. They displayed etched and painted faces, mostly simple marks and lines, believed to indicate social rank and protection from evil spirits. In the 3rd century AD, Chinese historical texts speak of Japanese men and boys decorating their faces and bodies with tattoos. There is also mention of Japanese fishermen painting their bodies to protect themselves from large fish when they dove for shells.
Centuries later, in larg...