A Japanese Tattoo is a Exquisite Evolution all of its
Japan is a
country with rich traditions that reach far into the past. Some
speculate that Japanese symbol tattoos may have extended as far
back as 10,000 BC. Irezumi is the word for a Japanese tattoo and
the one who does the inking is a Horishi. The markings were made
for either reasons of a spiritual nature or a way of adorning the
Scholars look at the chord-like construction of the design of
the Japanese tattoo and determine that it comes from the ancient,
paleolithic era. Ancient tribes would tattoo their women to prevent
them from being kidnapped and enslaved in brothels.
Evolution of Japanese Tattoos
Over the centuries there began to be a digression in the usage
and status of Japanese symbol tattoos. Between 300 BC and 300 AD
they were still viewed as expressions of spirituality or social
status. People from far away lands would comment on them, and the
tattoos from Japan left a strong impression on visitors. However,
from 300-600 AD this prized status symbol was relegated to a means
of marking prisoners and criminals. Gone were the days of a
Japanese tattoo representing anything other than being the
offscouring of society.
As time went on, the marking continued to be used for prisoners.
Yet, it became fashionable to get a Japanese tattoo and sport it
for symbols of love and courtship from 1600-1868 AD. This was a
passing fashion statement, but the evolvement of the decorative
markings became what it is present day during this period.
Presently, Japanese symbol tattoos are being touted by the
middle class everywhere. Some cover the entire body almost like a
blanket covering nearly every inch of skin. This type of tattoos
from Japan can take nearly five years of work to complete. The one
receiving the inking has to go for a weekly appointment to finish
the job. Japanese symbol tattoos of this magnitude can fetch a
price of $30,000 in U.S. money.
Traditional Japanese Tattoo Application
Artisans in woodblocking became experts in the art of inking.
Many of the same skills and techniques that were used for their
craft were implemented into placing a Japanese tattoo on the skin.
Implements such as gouges, chisels, and the coveted Nara ink are
all instruments that have made the art of Japanese symbol tattoos
what it is currently. Nara ink is also referred to Nara black and
it is renowned for its ability to turn a beautiful blue-green hue
under the skin. A Japanese tattoo is brilliantly colored with light
variation of all colors and very intricate detailing.