For those wising to work on a sleeve or complete a larger piece, nothing quite compares with the vibrant, flowing aesthetic of the traditional-style tattoos of Japan.
Drawing from a wide range of themes and motifs stemming from Shintoism, Buddhism, Daoism, and folklore from the Far East, these exquisitely expressive tattoos can depict one’s inner strengths, life ambitions, and spiritual aspirations.
Incorporating the ever popular manga, Japanese comic book and anime art style, into this already celebrated and revered form of tattooing gives the piece a unique, modern edge while retaining the air of authenticity that is so vital and characteristic of the art form. The singular style and form of Japanese tattoo pieces is instantly recognizable and stands apart from the rest, each being an individual and masterful work of art. The pieces can consist solely of intricate black and grey-scale shading, or can comprise of a stunning array of bright colors, tailoring to specific taste and preference.
Reinvent the imposing look of the samurai, the Japanese embodiment of chivalry, loyalty, and martial prowess, in the sharp boldness of manga. Reveal the hidden faces and mysterious characters behind the masterful Noh performers of old with the parallel art of manga to show others that there is always more than what meets the eye. Familiar and mythological creatures like the lion, the dog, the dragon, and the oni symbolize the more powerful aspects and manifestations of protection, ferocity, and invincibility and can be reinfused and redefined with fresh, new vigor. Express an admiration and appreciation of the strong, yet graceful female beauty through manga with timeless portrayals of geisha and hime. Connect with the unifying and unyielding forces of both the natural and supernatural with depictions of the ghostly yokai.
A more adventurous ink aficionado may even choose to bend and defy the confines and restraints of time itself by transporting modern characters and tales into the past, reshaping their look and feel into that of their feudal forbearers. The possibilities are boundless in scope and in depth, like the mythological and cultural fabric of Japan itself. Display personal struggles and achievements, conflicts and resolutions, battles and victories, and the numerous facets of the soul through a medium of imagery that is as ancient as it is youthful and everlasting.
Japanese manga conveys a variety of detail that can be both vivid and grim, crafting a complex narrative through minimalistic mastery, adhering to the core ethos of Eastern mysticism, philosophy, and traditional beliefs throughout the millennia. With this in mind, a One piece tattoo piece can seamlessly integrate the stylized qualities of the distant past with those of the modern, creating a unique and personal way to display one’s bushido.