There are examples of tattoos ideas that go back thousands of years — we’re looking at you Otzi Man — but when it comes to modern tattooing, it all started in Japan. With origins dating back to the Jodom period (10,000 BCE-300 CE) most designs we generally consider to be a Japanese tattoo, known as irezumi, arose during the Edo period (1603-1868).
Known for the meticulous details and depth of color that tell Japan’s complex mythical cosmology, Japanese tattoos are usually comprehensive designs that cover large portions of the body. Full or half sleeves — often continuing up onto the chest — are common, as well as designs on the corresponding areas of the legs and striking full back pieces.
Flowers, animals, dragons, warriors, and geishas are typical elements of Japanese tattoos and can be found in this collection that is sure to inspire.
1. Japanese Dragon Tattoo