The Unknown History of Japanese Tattoos
Japanese history goes back thousands and thousands of
years. Early Japanese people were well known for their skills in artwork of
jewelry, metal, and even weapons. They were warriors as well, regarded as
fierce fighters by the Americans. Throughout Japan, there are many examples
and evidence of artwork and Japanese Tattoos.
Over the years, modern Tattoos evolved and established symbols for themselves along the way. Throughout North America, people often wear these symbols to let others know that they are a Japanese descent. The symbols and knowledge have been passed down through the years, as there is little no written history. Tattooing however, keeps the tradition alive with the infamous Japanese lettering Tattoos and other popular designs.
Most tattoo designs come from Japan, where the evidence of history is very strong indeed. The Japanese College found in Japan, contains many manuscripts that document the heritage and symbols. The height of tattooing however, occurred during the era when stone and metal work was really popular.
Japanese lettering tattoos are some of the most popular and most common designs, featuring loops with no end that symbolize a never ending cycle of dying and rebirth. There are also animal tattoo designs as well, which are similar in design to the knot tattoos, although the cords in the design normally terminate in heads, tails, and feet. The lettering tattoos designs are normally never ending, unless an individual adds an end to symbolize a spiral.
The meaning behind the lettering in Japanese tattoos defies any type of literal translation and is found at a much deeper level. The interlacing of the lettering expresses the repeated crossing of both physical and spiritual elements. The strands and their never ending path is a popular design for Japanese tattoos, representing life, faith, and love. For many years, Japanese have used these designs for emotional as well as heritage purposes.
Those who are from a Japanese descent, normally find a tattoo to be a great way to express their heritage pride. These tattoos help to reestablish pride, and give tribute to one's ancestors. The tattoos aren't easy to do, most taking several hours. Unlike other tattoo designs, Japanese tattoos are among the hardest designs in the world.
If you are from this descent and have decided to get a Japanese tattoos, the first thing to do is find an artist capable of doing the Japanese tattoos. The designs are very difficult and not all tattoo artists can do them. It's always best to find a tattoo artist who has a background in tattoo designs, as this will ensure the tattoo is done correctly. The artist who does the tattoo needs to have an eye for detail and exact line placement - which is a skill that not all tattoo artists possess.
About the Author
Matthew J Stine is the author of this article and owns Design Your Own Tattoos, which features the 3 top websites with the utmost largest Japanese tattoo gallery you will ever see, including tons of Japanese tattoo artwork. Finding the perfect tattoo has never been easier
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