The fine artistic traditions of Japan feature in many colorful tattoos. In a Japanese tattoo, you usually find intricately inked lines, bright shades, delicate ink work, and a rich play of fantasy. Many tattoos also go deep into the customs and practices of traditional Japanese culture. A geisha smoking a pipe, an ancient Japanese emperor in silk robes, and the tsunami wave are some popular Japanese motifs. You also find monochromatic tattoos that depict Japanese patterns with curves and sensuous hues.
Animals in vibrant patterns, are a common element in Japanese tattoo art. You see the dragon illustrated in different forms, in shoulder and arm tattoos. Tattoo artists often use the contours of the body to place animal tattoo motifs. A coiled snake may be inked along the arm with the face arching on to the upper chest. You also see the dragon depicted in a coiled fashion, along the front of the body. The horizontal planes of the shoulders, also create an interesting location for tattoo art. You find the koi fish, a symbol of good luck, inked in colorful designs, in many Japanese tattoos. Koi and lotus flowers combine to make intricate tattoo designs in combinations of red, pink, purple, and gold. Check out these tattoos.
A red dressed geisha, a tape recorder, and golden blossoms cover the back.
semicircles with grooves cover the shoulder and upper chest, in this symmetrical tattoo idea.
A plump emperor wearing a traditional costume holds his beard in one hand.
A gracefully shaded koi fish splashes among gray waves and red flowers.
A mauve dragon breathes fire as it snakes down the shoulder, in this colorful tattoo.
The orange koi fish and purple flower vividly combine with the gray and pink hues.
The intricately shaded scales have a fiery border, in this shoulder tattoo.
Gray, orange and blue combine in this abstract pattern. An olive-green bust of a man, frames the top of the tattoo.
Realistic inked wooden pagodas and masks make up this vibrant forearm tattoo.
The faded lion tattoo has been touched up with dense shades, in the next picture.
A golden dragon, a golden koi fish, and swirling black clouds are some elements of this tattoo.
This colorful monster chest tattoo shows a tiger face with the body of a snake.
Finely inked scales cover the upper arm, in this monochromatic arms tattoo design.
Wearing an elaborate Japanese bun, the geisha smokes a pipe, in this leg tattoo.
A vibrant shaded dragon exhales fire and smoke, in this chest tattoo.
Shaded coils and a dragon cover the arm, in this monochromatic tattoo idea.
A red figure sits within snaky coils on the chest. A pink lotus and a black panther cover the arm.
The sinuous coils of the dragon are surrounded by flowers, in this monochromatic back tattoo.
This tattoo shows a monster face, Japanese script, a purple lotus, and small pink flowers.
The dragon coils around the shoulder and upper arm. Flowers and pebbles arch around the dragon.
Blue and red patterns make a brilliant combination, in this upper arm tattoo.
The stylized tiger shows his fangs, in this stylish shoulder tattoo.
Curvy waves give a sheer look to some parts of this golden koi fish tattoo.
Stylized patterns give an artistic look to the tsunami waves, in this upper arm tattoo.
The red monster bares his sharp claws, in this vibrant anime tattoo.
Subtle shading makes the coils of the dragon glow, in this full back tattoo.
The mixture of dense shades and highlights looks gorgeous on the koi fish.
A golden Buddha face frames the top of this vibrant full back tattoo design.