While the art of Japanese tattooing, or irezumi, is said have a hundred centuries, the introduction of the Buddhist faith to Japan discouraged its widespread use. The Chinese, who brought Buddhism to Japan, hates the tattoo art and their influence on the upper classes of Japan.
Since the beginning of the seventeenth to late nineteenth centuries, in Japan's Edo period, Japanese tattoos were most often seen on Japanese prostitutes, who used them to entice customers; Japanese firemen were known for their remarkable horimono, or full body tattoos which were quite unlike any other tattoos in the world. Firefighters consider their tattoos as signs of brotherhood and masculinity.
The other class of Japanese regularly tattooed during this period were criminals who for one hundred fifty years were marked either with a tattooed ring, or tattooed character on the forehead, on the arm for each crime they may not have wanted to be permanently marked, but prior to the introduction of the tattoo, as a rule, a means of identifying criminals was to amputate the noses or ears.
Japanese tattoos regained popularity when a woodblock printed Chinese novel, “Suikoden,” illustrated with warriors bearing horimono of tigers, dragons and flowers. The book was very successful, with Japan's lower classes, who began demanding similar tattoos.
But the only tattoo artists available were prints printers. Because printers had no tools except chisels and chisels with which they created their own stamps, they used them and their special black paint, which will change its color to bluish-green when it reacts with the human skin.
All authentic Japanese tattoos are still applied by hand with “tebori”, group manual needle attached to a wooden or metal handle; it takes a lot of practice to master the art of the tattoo on the arm. Having a “suit” of the Japanese tebori tattoo is dealt with, as everyone who was tattooed in the mid-1800s did, there was a time intensive experience; a tattoo can take up to five years of weekly sessions to finish. As tebori more likely to cause injury than the tattoo machines are widely used today, they were in many cases very painful years.
Japanese tattoos are rich in symbolism, one of the most popular is carp, or carp, which can survive many people and are endurance and wisdom. Dragons bring good luck and are often depicted with clouds or of the rivers and lakes, so necessary for the rice crops suffered by the Japanese for thousands of years. Snakes add item negatic4e Japanese tattoos and are only enabled when an artist can add peonies, cherry blossoms, or other flowers that bloom at the same time that snakes become active after the winter.
You may have to travel far and wide to find a tebori master to apply Japanese tattoo, but you can find tattoos of traditional Japanese items on every tattoo parlor!