Japanese Tattoo

Japanese Tattoo

Japanese Tattoo History

Japanese tattoos have a rich history going back thousands of years, where the first known evidence of Japanese tattoos goes back to 5000bc or even earlier from clay figures with designs depicting body and face tattoos.

In 720ad tattooing was a form of punishment, even in lieu of a sentence to death.

17th century Japanese tattoos were used to mark criminals and outcasts, towards the end of the century criminals would get decretive tattoos to cover up and hide their old tattoos.

In the 19th century, it was illegal to tattoo unless the artist was tattooing a foreigner.

Tattoos in Japan

Despite Japan having some of the worlds most renowned tattoo artists, it is still banned to have a tattoo in many places including public pools, bathhouses and many other places they may ask you to leave if you have visible tattoos. these rules first came in place from establishments not wanting to ban the Yakuza specifically so banning all people with visible tattoos.

Japanese Tattoos are legally only allowed to be done by a medical doctor, it is considered a medical practice, tattoo machines and needles are also considered medical equipment and illegal to purchase without a medical license, these laws have been in grey area for many years but recently have been enforced leaving many Japanese tattoo artists without work.

Traditional Japanese Tattoo

Traditional Japanese Tattoos are done by using a wooden stick with needles attached to the end, the stick gets tapped making a stick and poke tattoo that is much more time consuming than a regular tattoo machine. Artists that practice this traditional Japanese tattoo style are rare and can be hard to find. Despite how hard to can be to get a traditional Japanese tattoo many find it worth the effort and consider it to be the best if not the only way to get a Japanese tattoo.

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Fortune Cat Japanese Tattoo by Som Nakburin
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Tiger Japanese Tattoo by Tim Tavaria
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Oni and Snake Japanese Tattoo by Nha Nguyen
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Japanese Tattoo by Oscar Hove
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Oni Mask Japanese Tattoo by Wilson Pan
Wilson Pan Instagram

Japanese Tattoo by Regino
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Japanese Tattoo by Yushi
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Hand Japanese Tattoo by Yushi
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Tiger Japanese Tattoo by Kenji Shigehara
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Tiger Japanese Tattoo by Toni Angar
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Japanese Tattoo Half Sleeves

 

Half Sleeve Japanese Tattoo by Horitsubaki Horitsubaki Instagram

Oni Half Sleeve Japanese Tattoo by Damon
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Dragon Half Sleeve Japanese Tattoo by Shunho
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Half Sleeve Japanese Tattoo by Shion
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Tiger Half Sleeve Japanese Tattoo by Damien Rodriguez
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Half Sleeve Japanese Tattoo by Caio Pineiro
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Japanese Sleeve Tattoos

 

Japanese Tattoo Sleeve by Bonel
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Japanese Tattoo by Dalmiro
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Skull Japanese Tattoo by Joe Carpenter
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Japanese Tattoo by Pablo De
Pablo De Instagram

Koi Japanese Tattoo by Ning Chula
Ning Chula Instagram

Samurai Japanese Tattoo by Damon
Damon Instagram

Japanese Tattoo Sleeve - Horitsubaki
Horitsubaki Instagram

Tiger Japanese Tattoo by Regino
Regino Instagram

Dragon Japanese Tattoo Sleeve by Regino
Regino Instagram

Snake Japanese Tattoo by Horifuji
Horifuji Tattoo Instagram

Japanese Tattoo by Ian Hilz
Ian Hilz Instagram

Dragon Japanese Sleeve Tattoo by Ian Hilz
Ian Hilz Instagram

Flower Japanese Tattoo by Damien Rodriguez
Damien Rodriguez Instagram

Japanese Tattoo by Piers Lee
Piers Lee Instagram

Japanese Tattoo Sleeves by Piers Lee
Piers Lee Instagram

Snake Japanese Tattoo Sleeve by Hugo HAB
Hugo HAB Instagram

Japanese Tattoo Sleeve by Yushi
Yushi Instagram

Japanese Sleeve Tattoo by Shige
Shige Instagram

Flower Japanese Sleeve Tattoo by Shige
Shige Instagram

Snake Japanese Tattoo by Kenji Shigehara
Kenji Shigehara Instagram

 

Samurai Japanese Tattoo by Charles Ong
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Japanese Tattoo Charles Ong
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Japanese Tattoo Sleeve by Charles Ong
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Back Japanese Tattoos

Japanese Tattoo by Wilson Pan Wilson Pan Instagram

Samurai Japanese Tattoo by Jacke Wong
Jacke Wong Instagram

Japanese Tattoo by Hugo HAB
Hugo HAB Instagram

Back Japanese Tattoo by Hugo HAB
Hugo HAB Instagram

Back Oni Japanese Tattoo by Hugo HAB
Hugo HAB Instagram

Back Tattoo by Horiso
Horiso Instagram

Back Japanese Tattoo by Horitsubaki
Horitsubaki Instagram

Snake Japanese Tattoo by Regino
Regino Instagram

Fox Back Japanese Tattoo by Holy Fox
Holy Fox Tattoos Instagram

Back Japanese Tattoo by Holy Fox
Holy Fox Tattoos Instagram

Full Back Japanese Tattoo by Dalmiro
Dalmiro Instagram

Back Japanese Tattoo by Damien Rodriguez and Chris Garver
Damien Rodriguez Instagram

Full Back Japanese Tattoo by Shige
Shige Instagram

Back Japanese Tattoo by Shige
Shige Instagram

Samurai Back Tattoo by Shige
Shige Instagram

Back Japanese Tattoo by Kenji Shigehara
Kenji Shigehara Instagram

Back Japanese Tattoo by Kenji Shigehara
Kenji Shigehara Instagram

Back Japanese Tattoo by Hajin
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Full Body Suit Japanese Tattoos

Body Suit Japanese Tattoo by Horifuji
Horifuji Tattoo Instagram

Full Body Suit Japanese Tattoo - Holy Fox
Holy Fox Tattoos Instagram

Full Body Suit Japanese Tattoo by Holy Fox
Holy Fox Tattoos Instagram

Japanese Tattoo Body Suit by Kianforreal Horisumi
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Body Suit Japanese Tattoo by Kianforreal Horisumi
Kianforreal Horisumi Instagram

Full Body Suit Japanese Tattoo
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Koi Tattoo by Brendan O’Connor

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