The history of tattoo in Japan
Tattoo culture has always been popular among young people. For young people, tattoo is a symbol of pursuing trends and highlighting personality, and it is also a controversial topic. With the development of the times, various national cultures are integrated with each other, and tattoo cultures in various countries are gradually standardized.
In this article, we talk about Japanese cultural tattoos.
In Japan, tattoo art has a long history in Japan. Japanese fishermen are the first to use tattoos. They make a living by fishing. Every time they dive to fish, the fish in the water will quickly find human beings, and then quickly flee. Therefore, fishermen can only catch very few fish each time. So fishermen began to decorate their bodies with tattoos to camouflage themselves in the water.
With the development of society, different periods of tattoo attitude is not the same. The Japanese accept tattoo, but it was once considered illegal in law. Later, tattoos were specially used to punish criminals. Leaving tattoos on prisoners is a sign of shame. Later, tattoos were also made into Buddhist charms, exorcism patterns, and used as amulets. It gradually developed a variety of meanings, such as brotherhood feelings, gang signs, and good love between lovers.
Edo period (1603-1868) - At that time, prostitutes decorated themselves with tattoos to make their bodies more attractive. Gang members will enhance their momentum by tattooing, so that they can frighten the enemy before fighting. Tattoo culture is also widely spread among workers. Tattoo punishes criminals, which makes Japan form a new social stratum at that time: social deserters. This class had no status in the society at that time, and they could not adapt to the society. Many of them are samurai, so they set up gangs together to carry out illegal activities. So the Japanese people have a fear of tattoos, the impact has continued until now.
The art of tattoo
With the passage of time, more and more people began to accept tattoos, and then a special tattoo artist was born. The developed Japanese tattoo has a unique artistic style. At that time, Japanese like to use colorful colors to tattoo heroes on their bodies, forming a unique style of Japanese tattoos. With the invasion of western capitalism, foreign merchant ships entered Japanese ports, while Japanese tattoos spread all over the western world.
By modern times, tattoos have become popular. Young people in Japan think that tattoos represent fashion, personality and trend. There are many kinds of patterns in traditional Japanese tattoos, most of which are dragons, carp, ghosts, historical figures, deities, Buddhas and so on. Japanese believe that the larger the tattoo area is, the higher the representative position is. Japanese tattoo patterns have special meanings, they will be used to express personal beliefs, personality and wishes, etc., beautiful tattoo patterns attract many young people. Among all kinds of tattoos, there are positive life view patterns and fine feelings.
Many people are very interested in the dragon creature. Most of the information we know about it is in novels, movies, etc. The dragon has always been given a mysterious color, symbolizing power and nobility. In addition, everyone has different views on the strength of the dragon. The East believes that the dragon is one of the creators and represents the sky and the earth. The West believes that the dragon represents darkness, power and destruction.
Most Japanese like dragon tattoos. In western countries, dragon symbolizes wealth, strength and ferocity. Many Westerners are afraid of dragon. In Japan, the dragon is the representative of the oriental nation. The dragon is also a symbol of power, dignity, and status. It's a popular pattern in tattoos. Most tattoo lovers choose dragon as their tattoo picture, which is also to give them strength and confidence in their heart. Dragon is a mythical animal in China. It is said that it can hide, control the weather, the sea and all kinds of animals. Dragons of different colors have different abilities, and Dragons of different shapes have different ranks.
Tattoos of Japanese Dragon
The Japanese have a high demand for dragon patterns. At the same time, the meaning of dragon patterns in different positions of the body is also different.
1: The Dragon tattooed on the thigh, some young people like the dragon pattern tattooed on the thigh, on behalf of this person's tenacious vitality, also on behalf of life stability
2: The Japanese also like to tattoo the dragon on their shoulders to enhance people's momentum. They can enhance their fighting spirit and momentum before fighting with the enemy
3: The dragon is tattooed on the chest. Young people like to tattoo the dragon's head on the chest. The dragon's body is tattooed from the chest to the back waist, which means that it has the help of the dragon
4: Water Dragon: some people like the pattern of water dragon on their body. In eastern culture, water represents money. Therefore, people like the pattern of water dragon, which means a lot of money.
5: Tattooed on the face of the dragon, on behalf of this person's character, very upright, indomitable
Modern tattoos. As part of the glorious history and culture of mankind, tattoos have lasted more than two thousand years. In the current real life, tattoos are mostly unbelievable. I think it is a patented product of underworld figures. In fact, this concept is not suitable for modern times. In recent years, the society has gradually opened up to the public to accept a large number of European, American, Japanese and other countries. Cultural information, tattoos are no longer regarded as taboos. Some of the tattooed persons are husbands and wives and couples, expressing love and keeping each other's appearance on their bodies.
In Japan, the view of the dragon is different from that of the West. The Japanese think that the dragon is the benefactor and protector of human beings. Dragon Tattoos symbolize courage, wisdom and power. The black dragon symbolizes wisdom, the green dragon symbolizes nature, the Golden Dragon represents wealth and virtue, the blue dragon symbolizes gentleness and kindness, and the yellow dragon symbolizes nobility.