Traditional Japanese tattoo has some restrictions and minimal rules.
Traditional Japanese tattoo has began since Edo period (about 400 years ago). It originated for a variety of reasons that rebellion mind against those in bad power, to ward off plague, to cover up a tattoo punishment, or decorate well-trained bodies for manual laborers, etc.
The designs used in traditional Japanese tattoos are referred from ancient and objects, historical figures, Shintoism, and Buddhism. In Japan, it is believed that a magnificent work of art has a soul. Therefore, the tattoo artist must not only know the design, but also the historical background and story behind it. In my opinion, this is how the depth of the design such as meaning of the motifs and its effect to ward off evil spirits.
Due to the spread of internet, there is so many incorrect information, placement of motifs and composition of tattoo works.
Also, every motif has several meanings and stories, which vary depending on the combination of motifs and backgrounds.
But these are slightly different and secrets each tattoo families in Japan.
If it deviate from them, it’s no longer to be a traditional Japanese tattoo.
This situation makes it extremely difficult for people to obtain correct information of Japanese tattoo meaning and risk to get incorrect tattoo.
I used to have to explain it to my clients from scratch every time. Then I came up with the idea of creating content that explains the basics of Japanese tattoo.
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I hope this contents helps you.
In addition, I and Mr. Ryugen explain it bit more details on instagram, please visit our Traditional Japanese Tattoo Association on instagram if you want to know more informations.