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Thursday, 23 July 2009
japanese tattooTattoo stands for expressing love, special memory, cultural statement and so on. And if you would like to go with Japanese tattoos, you will find a wide range of options, styles and designs. You can even express your personality by drawing these tattoos fitted your style best. Japanese tattoos are very popular name in the field of body art. In terms of having a colorful history, numerous designs, good meaning, Japanese tattoos are really pleasing and made a good demand around the world. And the interesting thing, however, is that many Japanese still believe that tattoos are connected to the criminals or these are the habit of lower class people. Nevertheless, a great number of younger people draw tattoos on their body in western style.

To be sure, Japanese tattoos will give you stylish look while each of the tattoos bears a symbolic meaning along with Japanese rich tradition. The tattoos uphold its national values as well as its culture. Most of the tattoos found in the line of Japanese designs hold profoundly the written symbols.

The thing hidden in the Japanese tattoos is the country's tradition. It has a rich and long history regarding tattooing. Tattooing came into appear in the period of Edo (around 18th century) by the hands of common people of Edo community. But another source says tattooing in Japan started many years ago at the Paleolithic period circa 10000 BC.

Due to having some communal problems, Edo people developed a separated culture for their own interest. Different form of arts such as fashion, enjoying novels, comic, drama, songs, theatre, involved in their culture. At that time the ordinary people in working class of Edo found enjoyment in folk stories, heroes etc. Similarly, they showed interest in ritualistically designed tattoos based on folklore like dragons, Chinese lions, giant snakes. Simultaneously, some religious icons like Fudomyo known as the God of Fire, Bhudda, Fujin and Raijin (Gods of wind and lightning), Kannon believed as the Goddess of Mercy were also influenced in their tattoo designs. Thus tattooing in Japanese culture has been spread out and it rooted in its traditional art form.

The indigenous people known as Ainu were used to tattooing with a view to decorating themselves. Tattoos were used in different social purposes as well at that time. Interestingly, traditional tattoos held connection with notorious criminals and with many businesses such as fitness centers, as public baths, hot springs etc.  

Tattoos designed in Japanese culture hold some special symbols and messages as well that are commonly seen in western world. Younger likes to go with American style tattooing with smaller and one point tattoos. Apart from this, Japanese tattoos snatched the attention of a number of female also.

Horimono is called Japanese most traditional tattoo. It was as part of Japanese art form flourished in the period of 18th century. In recent time, Sanskrit Siddham script tattoos become as celebrity one. Nevertheless, tattooists still today design traditional irezumi though it is more expensive ($30,000), time consuming and painful to draw.

In the early years of tattooing some names could be mentioned here like Darumakin and Iso (from Yanaka), Kane (Yottsuya) Karakusagonta (Asakusa), Ichimatsu (Asakusa), who became very famous as tattooists.

Japanese tattoos like dragons, koi fish and qilin are worn as a symbol of bringing prosperity in life. Having the country's own culture, these provide their users extraordinary designs. These are very big in size which would cover your entire back. Besides, they are quite expensive as well.

The Kanji is the most popular one. It is the calligraphy style of writing that got familiarity by its simplicity. It is very expensive, fashionable and artistic as well. A report says there are at least 40 thousands Kanji symbols in the Japanese tattoos while each of the Kanji stands for individual meaning or idea or sign. So whatever your desire or style you can choose any of them that would certainly provide you unique mood or message.

Hiragana is such a design that is used in everyday life of Japanese people. It holds the style of writing. The designs of Hiragana tattoos are more rounded than the character of Kanji. At the same time, these are more flexible to literal conversion. As a result Hiragana are frequently seen in the media consisted of newspapers, magazines etc. It is to be mentioned here that the Hiragana is also called cursive.

Having much similarity with Hiragana, the tattoo design Katakana is an exclusive tattoo piece in Japanese culture. Katakana produces some words for the people who are not Japanese in origin. These tattoos contain sharper edges along with much angular in its look.

Japanese Dragon tattoo is seemed as the source of good luck as well as the wealth that is also very famous indeed.

Master Calligrapher Eri Takase presents some attractive Japanese Kanji tattoos. Hiroshi Kawai is another well known tattoo artist who produced a lot of beautiful tattoos in the fields of Japanese legends, dragons and old story. Kawai always concentrates how sharply and articulately he can present the tattoo's line including straight, curve.

The images are seen usually in Japanese tattoos include different mythological creatures like the phoenix used as sign of justice and fidelity, dragons  represented male forces. Various animals, birds, plants and religious images are also used in Japanese tattoo designs.

Many celebrities like Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Missy Elliot, Melanie, Alyson Hannigan hold Japanese kanji tattoo, but each of them keeps of course different purposes in drawing tattoos. For enhancing your style, you can take any of the tattoo or even more than one at a once. Taking Hiragana writing along with Kanji symbol would express you in different way.

However, the gloomy side around drawing Japanese tattoos is that it needs Japanese artists to make a creative art work who can only present your desired meaning. So it would be difficult for finding the artists without having a trip in Japan.

And whatever your choice, it is vital to keep in mind that Japanese writing is very subtle and complicated. So if you do not have much knowledge regarding Japanese language it is better to consult an artist before choosing the tattoo character. But internet would be your ultimate friend to have Japanese tattoos, their meaning and particular symbol.

Md. Asraful Alam

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