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.
Japanese Artistic Tattoo
A red dressed geisha, a tape recorder, and golden blossoms cover the back.
Japanese Sea Shell Inspiration
semicircles with grooves cover the shoulder and upper chest, in this symmetrical tattoo idea.
Japanese Emperor Tattoo
A plump emperor wearing a traditional costume holds his beard in one hand.
Japanese Lucky Koi
A gracefully shaded koi fish splashes among gray waves and red flowers.
Japan Dragon Shoulder Tattoo
A mauve dragon breathes fire as it snakes down the shoulder, in this colorful tattoo.
Vibrant Japanese Koi Colors
The orange koi fish and purple flower vividly combine with the gray and pink hues.
Fiery Scales Japanese Art
The intricately shaded scales have a fiery border, in this shoulder tattoo.
Japanese Design Art
Gray, orange and blue combine in this abstract pattern. An olive-green bust of a man, frames the top of the tattoo.
Japanese Pagodas Tattoo Art
Realistic inked wooden pagodas and masks make up this vibrant forearm tattoo.
Japanese Touchup Art
The faded lion tattoo has been touched up with dense shades, in the next picture.
Japanese Traditional Elements Art
A golden dragon, a golden koi fish, and swirling black clouds are some elements of this tattoo.
Tiger Snake Art
This colorful monster chest tattoo shows a tiger face with the body of a snake.
Fine Monochromatic Art
Finely inked scales cover the upper arm, in this monochromatic arms tattoo design.
Art Of The Pipe
Wearing an elaborate Japanese bun, the geisha smokes a pipe, in this leg tattoo.
Dragon Fire Tattoo
A vibrant shaded dragon exhales fire and smoke, in this chest tattoo.
Shades Art Tattoo
Shaded coils and a dragon cover the arm, in this monochromatic tattoo idea.
Shoulder Arm Tattoo
A red figure sits within snaky coils on the chest. A pink lotus and a black panther cover the arm.
Flowers Sensuous Dragon Tattoo
The sinuous coils of the dragon are surrounded by flowers, in this monochromatic back tattoo.
Colorful Dragon Tattoo
This tattoo shows a monster face, Japanese script, a purple lotus, and small pink flowers.
Coiled Dragon Tattoo
The dragon coils around the shoulder and upper arm. Flowers and pebbles arch around the dragon.
Blue Red Dragon Tattoo
Blue and red patterns make a brilliant combination, in this upper arm tattoo.
Stylized Tiger Tattoo
The stylized tiger shows his fangs, in this stylish shoulder tattoo.
Splashed Golden Koi
Curvy waves give a sheer look to some parts of this golden koi fish tattoo.
Tsunami Tattoo Art
Stylized patterns give an artistic look to the tsunami waves, in this upper arm tattoo.
Red Tattoo Anime Monster
The red monster bares his sharp claws, in this vibrant anime tattoo.
Japanese Dragon Glow
Subtle shading makes the coils of the dragon glow, in this full back tattoo.
Japanese Koi Shades
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.