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Japanese Tattoo Design

Although archeological evidence shows us that ancient Japanese civilizations have been practicing the art of tattooing for more than 4,000 years, it has not always been in favor in Japanese culture. Early Japanese cultures used tattoos to show status and express spirituality. Some time later, tattoos became to be used for branding criminals, which gave tattoos a negative stigma amongst the population. Eventually, the Japanese government outlawed tattoos all together.

Today, although tattoos are no longer outlawed in Japan, they are still looked upon as tattoos were in the United States in the middle of the last century. The upper class looks down at tattoos, and thinks they are a practice only suited for the lower class, gangsters, and street walkers. However, there are small signs that this train of thought is changing, so there is hope yet.

Despite tattoos not being totally excepted in Japan, the rest of the world can’t seem to get enough of Japanese art and culture, using them as some great Japanese tattoo designs. Japanese tattoos are fast becoming very popular tattoo designs.

The fact that you are hear researching Japanese tattoos shows that you know your taste in tattoos, and that it is a good one. You rarely see just any generic artwork inked on anyone in the Japanese style. Japanese tattoo designs are a great choice even for a first tattoo.

Most Japanese tattoos are created using different combinations of Japanese words, numbers, and images. Japanese tattoos are also called Irezumi and Horimono. Because Japan has no written alphabet, but rather a collection of symbols that represent sounds and concepts, it is very important to choose a tattoo artist with good knowledge of Japanese language and culture when getting a Japanese tattoo.

There are three different character groups used in Japanese written language. The first is called Katana, which are characters that were developed by Buddhist monks and represent sounds. This is known as a masculine dialect, due to the characters having a masculine look

The second group of characters is called Hiragana, which also represent sounds. Hiragana is known as a feminine dialect, as the characters have a feminine look to them

Kanji is the third and most popular character set in Japanese language. This style originated from the Chinese. It is known as a beautiful character set. A lot of the characters from the Kanji style can be made into great Kanji tattoo designs. Kanji is a calligraphy writing style. You can convey almost any message with simple and stylish characters. Here are some Kanji symbols and their meanings.

Aside from the Japanese characters, there is plenty of amazing Japanese artwork to choose for a tattoo. Samurais, Sumo wrestlers, anime, geishas, dragons, Bonsai, shoguns, ninjas, and Japanese weapons are all great choices for a Japanese tattoo.

The other popular tattoo design choice from the Japanese style is the Japanese Koi Tattoo. It is a brightly colored fish, koi means carp in Japanese, that is a symbol for aspiration and advancement. It is one of the most popular and symbolic Japanese tattoos.

As you can see, there are so many possibilities to choose from when you are considering a Japanese tattoo design. Whatever you pick, the Japanese culture is very meaningful, so you will have a very special and symbolic tattoo. Not to mention a great piece of art.

If you are seriously considering getting a tattoo, we suggest you take a look at a site such as Chopper Tattoo. They have the largest selection of high quality, award winning tattoo designs that you can print out and bring to your local tattoo artist. Here is a small gallery of pictures of Japanese tattoo designs:

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