Tattoos aren’t illegal in Japan, but the social stigma against them is severely strong. Associated with yakuza and crime, tattoos can get individuals — guests from overseas or not — barred from certain establishments such as hot springs, gyms, swimming pools, and even beaches.
Then, what is a yakuza tattoo?
Yakuza tattoos can be colorful or complicated black outlines. They typically cover the entire body from the shoulders down to the legs, called a Yakuza bodysuit. Focused on Japanese mythology and the history of the Yakuza, these Japanese tattoos show the person’s identity to the world.
Keeping this in consideration, why are Japanese tattoos illegal?
Decorative tattooing was seen by the Japanese government as ways for criminals to cover up their ink that they received as punishment. … Laws against tattoos were enforced in 1936 after the war between Japan and China broke out, banning tattoos entirely.
Why do Japanese hate tattoos?
The history associated with tattoos is primarily why the Japanese dislike them, but there are a few other smaller reasons. Some Japanese people believe that tattoos make your skin dirty and impure. This belief is primarily held by people who are religious, but even those who aren’t religious in Japan agree.
The yakuza have done their best to portray a noble image within the public sphere. They dress nicely, are respectful and talk politely – when not trying to make money. Violence for the most part happens between gang branches or non-yakuza gangs within Japan. … The yakuza are even known to reduce some crime.
Rules are very important in Japan, and as there is a no tattoo rule in nearly all pools, onsens and gyms, a foreigner walking up to the desk with tattoos showing is bound to cause concern. Just cover up and keep those tattoos covered and that is acceptable. If you can‘t cover up, don’t go to those environments.
Do yakuza like foreigners? This really shouldn’t be a problem at all—the Yakuza, that is, the Japanese mafia, tend to stay away from foreigners (to the point where I’ve heard amusing stories about foreign guys scaring them off). Most tourists will get around happily without even knowing they are out there.
The two basic styles of realism tattoo art are black and grey realism and color realism. Black and grey just like the name suggests, only utilizes black and grey ink, creating effects akin to a black and white photo. Black and grey is by far the easier of the two styles to master.
It is impossible to list all the terrific black and grey tattoo artists out there, but here are 10 artists worth following!
- Carlos Torres, USA @carlostorresart.
- Jose Lopez, USA @joselopez_lowridertattoo.
- Josh Sara, Australia @josh_sara_
- Manu Badet, France @manubadet.
- Dmitry Troshin, Russia @mistertroshin.
Japan perceives the butterfly to be a ‘soul of the living and the dead‘, as a result of the popular belief that spirits of the dead take the form of a butterfly when on their journey to the other world and eternal life.
Rule 2 – Japanese tattoo needs to have symbols and themes to represent their culture. Without it, it is just a simple tattoo without any meaning. Rule 3 – This rule is considered to be the most important one. It is said that the design of the tattoo should only be done by the hands of the tattoo artist.