28 Fancy Japanese Tattoo Art Designs

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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.

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Japanese Artistic Tattoo

A red dressed geisha, a tape recorder, and golden blossoms cover the back.

Japanese Artistic Tattoo

Japanese Artistic Tattoo

Japanese Sea Shell Inspiration

semicircles with grooves cover the shoulder and upper chest, in this symmetrical tattoo idea.

Japanese Sea Shell Inspiration

Japanese Sea Shell Inspiration

Japanese Emperor Tattoo

A plump emperor wearing a traditional costume holds his beard in one hand.

Japanese Emperor Tattoo

Japanese Emperor Tattoo

Japanese Lucky Koi

A gracefully shaded koi fish splashes among gray waves and red flowers.

Japanese Lucky Koi

Japanese Lucky Koi

Japan Dragon Shoulder Tattoo

A mauve dragon breathes fire as it snakes down the shoulder, in this colorful tattoo.

Japan Dragon Shoulder Tattoo

Japan Dragon Shoulder Tattoo

Vibrant Japanese Koi Colors

The orange koi fish and purple flower vividly combine with the gray and pink hues.

Vibrant Japanese Koi Colors

Vibrant Japanese Koi Colors

Fiery Scales Japanese Art

The intricately shaded scales have a fiery border, in this shoulder tattoo.

Fiery Scales Japanese Art

Fiery Scales Japanese Art

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 Design Art

Japanese Design Art

Japanese Pagodas Tattoo Art

Realistic inked wooden pagodas and masks make up this vibrant forearm tattoo.

Japanese Pagodas Tattoo Art

Japanese Pagodas Tattoo Art

Japanese Touchup Art

The faded lion tattoo has been touched up with dense shades, in the next picture.

Japanese Touchup Art

Japanese Touchup Art

Japanese Traditional Elements Art

A golden dragon, a golden koi fish, and swirling black clouds are some elements of this tattoo.

Japanese Traditional Elements Art

Japanese Traditional Elements Art

Tiger Snake Art

This colorful monster chest tattoo shows a tiger face with the body of a snake.

Tiger Snake Art

Tiger Snake Art

Fine Monochromatic Art

Finely inked scales cover the upper arm, in this monochromatic arms tattoo design.

Fine Monochromatic Art

Fine Monochromatic Art

Art Of The Pipe

Wearing an elaborate Japanese bun, the geisha smokes a pipe, in this leg tattoo.

Art Of The Pipe

Art Of The Pipe

Dragon Fire Tattoo

A vibrant shaded dragon exhales fire and smoke, in this chest tattoo.

Dragon Fire Tattoo

Dragon Fire Tattoo

Shades Art Tattoo

Shaded coils and a dragon cover the arm, in this monochromatic tattoo idea.

Shades Art Tattoo

Shades Art Tattoo

Shoulder Arm Tattoo

A red figure sits within snaky coils on the chest. A pink lotus and a black panther cover the arm.

Shoulder Arm Tattoo

Shoulder Arm Tattoo

Flowers Sensuous Dragon Tattoo

The sinuous coils of the dragon are surrounded by flowers, in this monochromatic back tattoo.

Flowers Sensuous Dragon Tattoo

Flowers Sensuous Dragon Tattoo

Colorful Dragon Tattoo

This tattoo shows a monster face, Japanese script, a purple lotus, and small pink flowers.

Colorful Dragon Tattoo

Colorful Dragon Tattoo

Coiled Dragon Tattoo

The dragon coils around the shoulder and upper arm. Flowers and pebbles arch around the dragon.

Coiled Dragon Tattoo

Coiled Dragon Tattoo

Blue Red Dragon Tattoo

Blue and red patterns make a brilliant combination, in this upper arm tattoo.

Blue Red Dragon Tattoo

Blue Red Dragon Tattoo

Stylized Tiger Tattoo

The stylized tiger shows his fangs, in this stylish shoulder tattoo.

Stylized Tiger Tattoo

Stylized Tiger Tattoo

Splashed Golden Koi

Curvy waves give a sheer look to some parts of this golden koi fish tattoo.

Splashed Golden Koi

Splashed Golden Koi

Tsunami Tattoo Art

Stylized patterns give an artistic look to the tsunami waves, in this upper arm tattoo.

Tsunami Tattoo Art

Tsunami Tattoo Art

Red Tattoo Anime Monster

The red monster bares his sharp claws, in this vibrant anime tattoo.

Red Tattoo Anime Monster

Red Tattoo Anime Monster

Japanese Dragon Glow

Subtle shading makes the coils of the dragon glow, in this full back tattoo.

Japanese Dragon Glow

Japanese Dragon Glow

Japanese Koi Shades

The mixture of dense shades and highlights looks gorgeous on the koi fish.

Japanese Koi Shades

Japanese Koi Shades

Japanese Buddha

A golden Buddha face frames the top of this vibrant full back tattoo design.

Japanese Buddha

Japanese Buddha

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