100+ Japanese Tattoo Ideas For Men & Women – Best Japanese Tattoo Photo Gallery

IMG_20130505_140334

Contents

History of Japanese tattoos dates back to the Paleolithic (Jomon period) – 10 000 years BC. Japanese tattoos like tattoos from biggest tribes had their own meaning. Between 300 year BC and 300 year A.D. tattoos were used as a symbol of social status and were used for decorational purposes. However, between the years 300 and 600 this style of tattooing has become synonymous of criminal activity and tattoos was used as a punishment.

Today, as a result of influences from the West, tattoos gained popularity among Japanese youth. However tattoos are still asociated negatively. Totally different than in the West, in Japan it is hard to find a tattoo artist. Tattoo studios are only avaible in areas where are tourists or on areas often visited by the U.S. military.

According to the President of the Japanese Institute of tattooing, Kunihiro Shimady, in Japan is only three hundred people who are making tattoos. People still shudder at the sight of tattoos, and even nowadays, the owners of hot springs or public baths, reluctant to allow people with tattoos use their services.

 

Japanese Tattoo Meaning

Japanese tattoo with dragon Meaning

japanese-dragon-tattoo meaning

The Japanese believe, that Asian dragons come from Japan and from there just spead to the rest of Asia. When they envolved, gained the more fingers. However, the beliefs of the Chinese people, and Koreans are against, they claim that dragons come from their countries and during the evolution they lost fingers.

The Dragon in Japan Culture (all Asian culture) – is a Symbol of rain and water. The Dragon symbolizes generosity, knowledge and power to be used for the good of humanity. These positive characteristics ensure the Dragon among the most popular designs Japanese tattoos.




 

Japanese Tattoo with Koi Fish Meaning

koi fish tattoo meaning

Another of the most popular themes of the Japanese tattoo is Koi Carp. This fish live in special breeding and come from China. In Eastern culture this symbol is related with characteristics such as strength and courage.

In China Koi carp often try to swim upstream, up the stream of the Yellow River, but only few are able to exceed a point called Dragon Gate. According to beliefs, those who success are transformed into dragons. For this reason, they may also symbolize tenacity, a strong desire to achieve something and change for better.

 

 

Japanese Tattoo with Phoenix Meaning

japanese-tattoo-phoenix

According to legend from all around the world, the Phoenix is a bird digested by fire, which after the death rises from the ashes. Stories about Phoenix were part of many cultures, including Greek and Roman mythology. The Phoenix symbolizes rebirth and winning.

 

 

 

 

 

Japanese Tattoo With Tiger Meaning

Japanese Tattoo With Tiger

Another great tattoo symbol is the Tiger, which symbolizes courage and strength. It is said that the Tigers possess the wind. Often are selected as part of the theme of the tattoo, to protect against misfortunes, evil spirits and disease.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Japanese Tattoo With Lion Meaning

japanese-lion-tattoo meaning

Tattoos with a lion (Fu-Dog), look like lions with pointy ears and resemble a little dogs. They also are used to protect and symbolize strength and courage. This tattoo symbol is a favorite to those people who appreciate the heroism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Japanese Tattoo With Snake Meaning

japanese-snake-tattoo

Snakes have a wide range of symbolic meanings. It is believed to be the defenders, able to ward off tragedy, misfortune and illness. This symbol represent knowledge and also protection against the results of incorrect decisions. Snakes change skin every some time, this is associated with healing and regeneration (and also in Japan with healing rituals and medicines).

 

 

 

Japanese Tattoo With Skull Meaning

Japanese tattoo with skull

Completely opposite to Western culture, this symbol in Japan is very positive symbol of the natural circle of life. In general, skulls are associated with the change.

 

 

 

 

 

Japanese Tattoo with Flowers Meaning

Japanese Flower Tattoo

Japanese flowers have many meanings and are highly valued theme in this country.

The lotus is a symbol of understanding, knowledge, enlightenment and life. Cherry blossoms don’t bloom for too long and are precipitated from the trees by even the smallest gust of wind. The Japanese see in them a reflection of their own mortality. Chrysanthemums are associated with the Empereror and symbolize perfection and sometimes even divinity, but also happiness and longevity. The rose represents the balance, infinite love and new beginning. Rose with stalk is associated opposite with the losing and lack of prudence. The Peony is known as the King of flowers and symbolizes the elegance and prosperity. Orchids represent courage, power and strength. Hibiscus has in Japanese culture, one simple meaning-gentleness.

 

Japanese Tattoo with Oni Mask

Japanese Tattoo with Oni Mask

Oni mask is a very popular motive of tattooing in Japan. Symbolizes the faith in the world of spirits, in which demons may apply penalties to people who are bad and unfair. Oni are usually bad and angry, but there are also good demons symbolizing protection.

 

 

 

Japanese Tattoo Ideas For Men

Japanese Tattoo for men with horse and warrior symbols on forearm
Japanese Tattoo for men with horse and warrior symbols on forearm
Japanese Tattoos on man's back with koi carp symbol
Japanese Tattoos on man’s back with koi carp symbol
Japanese tattoo on man's half chest and full sleeve with tiger, flowers and oni mask symbols
Japanese tattoo on man’s half chest and full sleeve with tiger, flowers and oni mask symbols
Japanese tattoo half suit on mans body with flowers and green dragon
Japanese tattoo half suit on mans body with flowers and green dragon
Man's sleeve Japanese Tattoo with dragon and flowers
Man’s sleeve Japanese Tattoo with dragon and flowers
Japanese half sleeve with koi carp symbol
Japanese half sleeve with koi carp symbol
Half chest and sleeve tattoo with flowers
Half chest and sleeve tattoo with flowers
Full color tattoo on man's back with Raijin and Skull symbols
Full color tattoo on man’s back with Raijin and Skull symbols
Japanese tattoo on man's back with gold Oni mask
Japanese tattoo on man’s back with gold Oni mask
Raijin symbol - Japanese Tattoo on ribs
Raijin symbol – Japanese Tattoo on ribs
Japanese Tattoo full sleeve with warrior and flower symbols
Japanese Tattoo full sleeve with warrior and flower symbols
Full sleeve tattoo on man's body with koi carp symbol
Full sleeve tattoo on man’s body with koi carp symbol
Japanese Tattoo on two sleeves
Japanese Tattoo on two sleeves
Japanese Tattoo on man's shoulder
Japanese Tattoo on man’s shoulder
Japanese Tattoo with Raijin and Oni mask symbols - Full man's sleeve
Japanese Tattoo with Raijin and Oni mask symbols – Full man’s sleeve
Japanese tattoo with skulls, flowers and dragon symbols - full sleeve
Japanese tattoo with skulls, flowers and dragon symbols – full sleeve
Japanese Tattoo with blue dragon on calf
Japanese Tattoo with blue dragon on calf
Awesome examples of tattoos with Oni mask, koi carp, tiger, flowers and couple other symbols
Awesome examples of tattoos with Oni mask, koi carp, tiger, flowers and couple other symbols
Full black back tattoo with dragon symbol
Full black back tattoo with dragon symbol
Red Dragon full sleeve tattoo
Red Dragon full sleeve tattoo
Japanese warrior tattoo
Japanese warrior tattoo
Japanese tattoo with green gaijin and red oni mask on man's body
Japanese tattoo with green gaijin and red oni mask on man’s body
Japanese tattoo on back, geisha symbol
Japanese tattoo on back, geisha symbol
Full sleeve tattoo with geisha
Full sleeve tattoo with geisha
Oni mask, gaijin - full sleeve on man's body
Oni mask, gaijin – full sleeve on man’s body
Big red Oni mask symbol on man's back
Big red Oni mask symbol on man’s back
Koi carp, lotus tattoo symbols on man's sleeve
Koi carp, lotus tattoo symbols on man’s sleeve
Gaijin Japanese tattoo on man's shoulder
Gaijin Japanese tattoo on man’s shoulder
Japanese tattoo on man's bottom back
Japanese tattoo on man’s bottom back
Oni mask and lotus symbols on man's leg
Oni mask and lotus symbols on man’s leg
Japanese warrior tattoo szmbol on man's shoulder
Japanese warrior tattoo szmbol on man’s shoulder
Full sleeve oni mask tattoo
Full sleeve oni mask tattoo
Japanese black sleeve tattoo
Japanese black sleeve tattoo
Japanese tattoo with snake and flower symbols
Japanese tattoo with snake and flower symbols

Japanese Tattoos Oriental Design for women and men (girls and boys) 36

Full black japanese tattoo on man's shoulder
Full black japanese tattoo on man’s shoulder

Japanese Tattoos Oriental Design for women and men (girls and boys) 38

Green Japanese tattoo symbol
Green Japanese tattoo symbol
Full black geisha and warrior sleeve
Full black geisha and warrior sleeve
Japanese Gaijin tattoo design
Japanese Gaijin tattoo design
Japanese dragon on man's shoulder
Japanese dragon on man’s shoulder
Japanese full sleeve tattoo
Japanese full sleeve tattoo
Japanese Tatto on chest and two sleeves on man's body. Red dragon motive. Tattoo Full of collors
Japanese Tatto on chest and two sleeves on man’s body. Red dragon motive. Tattoo Full of collors
Blue dragon motive with on half chest and shoulders
Blue dragon motive with on half chest and shoulders
Tattoo in progress: Japanese warrior, flowers and couple other symbols
Tattoo in progress: Japanese warrior, flowers and couple other symbols
2 Japanese Dragons tattoo symbols on man's body
2 Japanese Dragons tattoo symbols on man’s body
Full back Japanese Tattoo
Full back Japanese Tattoo

Great Japanese Tattoo on Half-chest and full sleeve Japanese tattoo on man's back

Japanese Tattoos Phoenix symbol full back
Japanese Tattoos Phoenix symbol full back
Koi Carp Japanese Symbol on Man's back - Tattoo design full of collors
Koi Carp Japanese Symbol on Man’s back – Tattoo design full of collors
Japanese Tattoo, black Oni Mask on mans shoulder
Japanese Tattoo, black Oni Mask on mans shoulder
Full Sleeve Japanese Tattoo with Oni Mask
Full Sleeve Japanese Tattoo with Oni Mask
Black Full sleeve tattoo with Oni mask
Black Full sleeve tattoo with Oni mask
Japanese Tattoo - Warrior with oni mask and Dragon symbol
Japanese Tattoo – Warrior with oni mask and Dragon symbol
Full Back Japanese Tattoo
Full Back Japanese Tattoo
Japanese Tattoo on Leg
Japanese Tattoo on Leg
Japanese Tattoo on man's body. Half sleeve and half chest tattoo with geisha symbol
Japanese Tattoo on man’s body. Half sleeve and half chest tattoo with geisha symbol
Awesome Tattoo suit full of collors
Awesome Tattoo suit full of collors
Full back tattoo with dragon symbol
Full back tattoo with dragon symbol

Japanese tattoos for women




Japanese Tattoo on woman's back wit red flowers and dragon
Japanese Tattoo on woman’s back wit red flowers and dragon
Japanese tattoo with Oni Mask
Japanese tattoo with Oni Mask
Japanese tattoo on woman's back
Japanese tattoo on woman’s back
Japanese tattoo on woman's legs
Japanese tattoo on woman’s legs
Japanese tattoo on woman's ribs with flower and dragon symbols
Japanese tattoo on woman’s ribs with flower and dragon symbols
Japanese tatto on woman's shoulder, big flower
Japanese tatto on woman’s shoulder, big flower
Japanese tattoo with skull and flower on woman's leg
Japanese tattoo with skull and flower on woman’s leg
Woman's shoulder, geisha symbol
Woman’s shoulder, geisha symbol
Woman's thigh, Japanese tattoo with dragon symbol
Woman’s thigh, Japanese tattoo with dragon symbol
Full back geisha tattoo on woman's body
Full back geisha tattoo on woman’s body
Woman's leg, japanese tattoo with skull and dragon symbols
Woman’s leg, japanese tattoo with skull and dragon symbols
Snake tattoo symbol on womans thigh
Snake tattoo symbol on womans thigh
Japanese tattoo on woman's back' phoenix, dragon and koi carp symbols
Japanese tattoo on woman’s back’ phoenix, dragon and koi carp symbols
Japanese dragon symbol on woman's thigh
Japanese dragon symbol on woman’s thigh
Full woman leg tattoo
Full woman leg tattoo
Full back tattoo
Full back tattoo
Japanese phoenix tattoo
Japanese phoenix tattoo
Japanese half-suit on woman's body
Japanese half-suit on woman’s body
Gaijin and dragon, japanese tattoo symbols on woman's back
Gaijin and dragon, japanese tattoo symbols on woman’s back

Japanese Tattoos Oriental Design for women and men (girls and boys) 80 Japanese Tattoos Oriental Design for women and men (girls and boys) 81 Japanese Tattoos Oriental Design for women and men (girls and boys) 82 Japanese Tattoos Oriental Design for women and men (girls and boys) 83 Japanese Tattoos Oriental Design for women and men (girls and boys) 85 Japanese Tattoos Oriental Design for women and men (girls and boys) 86 Japanese Tattoos Oriental Design for women and men (girls and boys) 87 Japanese Tattoos Oriental Design for women and men (girls and boys) 88 Japanese Tattoos Oriental Design for women and men (girls and boys) 89 Japanese Tattoos Oriental Design for women and men (girls and boys) 90 Japanese Tattoos Oriental Design for women and men (girls and boys) 91 Japanese Tattoos Oriental Design for women and men (girls and boys) 92 Japanese Tattoos Oriental Design for women and men (girls and boys) 93 Japanese Tattoos Oriental Design for women and men (girls and boys) 94 Japanese Tattoos Oriental Design for women and men (girls and boys) 95

 

 

 

 




 

100+ Sugar Skull Most Awesome Tattoo Designs Gallery For Men and Women
100+ Maori Tattoo Ideas and Designs for Men and Women - Maori Tattoo Inspiration

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *