Who enjoys the beauty of traditional Japanese tattoos?
I certainly do, who else?
Who has a traditional Japanese tattoo, plans to get one and has favorite images of such art?
This is how mine got started 12 years ago... it has grown to a full back piece, two half sleeves and ends on my lower thighs.
It's not finished yet, but I hope I have the money together this year to get it done... have about 15 hours left, 85 hours completed, almost 50 hours were done in Asakusa/Tokyo by Horicho of Asakusa (11 hours in NYC, then 38 hours in Tokyo).
In NYC, the back is being done by Horisei (Yokohama)...
The Japanese tattoos are the same art, and, although denied by mainstream society in Japan, is done by all type of people of a lot of social classes.
Even some samurai had tattoos, although officially only the working class such as the firemen and construction workers had them.
In the Meji restauration, the tenno banned the practice of tattooing, because he assumed that this practice may appear barbaric to the Westeners and only they were allowed to be tattooed (officially).
As a result, king George of England got a tattoo of a dragon on his forearm and many society people of Europe enjoyed them.
Since tattooing was then driven to the underground, and regular people got tattooed, but never showed them, (the father of a Japanese prime minister was fully tattooed and not a Yakuza, Horicho of Asakusa, the master who tattooed me and is shown in that page above) showed me the pictures on the wall where I got worked on in his studio.
After WW2, the Yakuza became strong organizations and saw themselves as the keepers of the samurai tradition (after all, that's the origin of the yakuza, disenfranchised ronin (master less samurai) who had to resort to a life of crime) and since they were outside of society already, they were the only ones that were showing their tattoos in public.
Which was later picked up by novels, comics and television, showing only the yakuza with tattoos and as a result, the regular people with tattoos became very secretive about it and the stigma of tattoos and organized crime went out of proportions.
However, in recent years, "point" tattoos, the western style smaller tattoos became popular among the Japanese youth and more and more the traditional tattoos are surfacing again... but the cultural stigma is still high.
In some onsen, if you have a Japanese tattoo, you won't be let in if you are Japanese... but in the bigger cities, it's supposedly not much of a problem.
Once a year, at the sanja matsuri (festival) in Asakusa, a huge shinto festival, tens of thousands of tattooed people come and participate in this religious ceremony:
i have newschool mixed w japanese traditional that i designed myself but i just signed on to model mayhem and didnt realize that the pics have to be up online already to share!...anyway love the culture, ink, and your guys' work
Plan on getting one as soon as my uncle gets out of the poor house hehe.
But seriously, always wanted one. Was supposed to go to Japan for college but couldn't afford it, my plan was to get one while I was studying abroad.
On a related note, one of my friends has a wonderful piece, extending over his shoulders and down the backs of his calves. This is an older pic, but you get the jist. It's much more complete now.
udor wrote: Who enjoys the beauty of traditional Japanese tattoos?
I certainly do, who else?
Normally I'm not a big fan of tattoos (and some I absolutely despise), but I'm fascinated with Japanese and Polynesian tattooing.
A few years ago I was part of a group commercial shoot and one of the models was Megan Kawaguchi (http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/26408284), who's got a drop-dead beautiful Japanese dragon on her right shoulder. When we chatted briefly during a break, I had a hard time maintaining eye contact because of that dragon.
I am starting to save some money... although I have to upgrade my cameras... BADLY... I really want to finish my tattoo this year... no matter what... and before summer.
I am guessing that I have 15 hours to go... maybe less... it's shading and coloring only that I have to get and the outlines usually takes the longest... so I hope that I'll be done with those hours... which will let me have a total of 100 hours...
Just want to have my work done... I'll start to schedule when I have probably have $1,000 saved up... that would give me the initial deposit and six to seven hours... not sure what Horisei is charging nowadays per hour.
However... that should get me closer to finish... now I just have to put a thousand bucks aside from money I don't have... AFTER I paid for at least one used body of the Nikon D300s in a few weeks...
Here is a great documentary, which unfortunately focuses almost exclusively on the Yakuza... but it's still very well made... except for this commenter Jake Adelstein, author of "Tokyo Vice", who certainly knows about crime and vice in Tokyo... but he is a total moron in his knowledge of tattoos... I haven't heard something stupid like this in a very, very long time (at 6:10), where he explains that the strip in the middle of the chest/torso remains un-tattooed, because otherwise the skin can't breath and the liver will get toxic...
WTF!!! This guy must still think that the gold painted girl in James Bond's Goldfinger really died because the gold paint didn't let her skin breath... What a moron!!!
The skin pores are totally unaffected by the ink, breaths, sweats and everything else like non tattooed skin...
Well... that said... for those interested... enjoy!