Japanese-inspired ink will always lend a classic beauty to your skin. It is elegant, delicate, and intricate, making it an excellent conversation starter among tattoo enthusiasts, friends, and acquaintances.
Japanese tattoos are historically much different than tattooing in other cultures.
Professional Japanese tattoo artists, or “horishi,” spent years perfecting their skill under a seasoned master, and their whereabouts were often kept secret from an unsuspecting public.
Tattoos in Japan were often used as punishment in years past, and nowadays, they are still quite taboo to the general population. However, this art is very respected throughout the world and many of today’s most popular tattoos derive from Japanese artistry.
One of the more popular Japanese tattoos for men is the snake. The Japanese pit viper, or the “mamushi,” is a beautiful animal with a circular pattern in the scales on its back and a more detailed black and white mosaic on its belly. While generally small, this venomous snake is excellent at sneaking up on its prey when they least expect it. It’s no wonder that the mamushi is a popular tattoo for men.
A Japanese snake tattoo over the wrist, winding around the bicep, or curling around the leg will surprise and delight people, especially if it peeks out of clothing. There are also opportunities for gorgeous coloring on the snake, such as bright greens, blues, and yellows.