September 2020

Interestingly the legend of Kintaro happens to be based on actual historical military history, which dates back to the 10th century. The legend is also linked to the koi, which is a Japanese carp, and they happen to be part of an annual celebration called Boys’ Day. Kintaro had enormous strength even as a child, […]

The tiger is one of the most revered animals across many European and Asian cultures. In Japan, the tiger is one of the few animals that are held in very high esteem. It is a symbol of strength, ferocity and courage. Often the tiger represents qualities that we want in ourselves or look for in […]

Flowers play a major role in traditional Japanese tattoos. Many times flowers like Sakura aka Cherry Blossoms are added as a symbol to already traditional tattoo designs like those of the Geisha, and Dragon etc. However, flowers can also be tattooed simply for how beautiful they look. Still, like all things, Japanese flowers like the […]

In the majority of Japanese culture, the Koi fish is a representation of a spiritual and material balance or abundance. Since these are fish, they are at ease in the water, ideally, deep waters. In the world of body art like tattooing, the Koi fish has a deep connection. People who are considering getting a […]

Hannya tattoos are one of the most popular amongst people seeking a Japanese themed tattoo. The tattoo usually bears a similarity to the western depiction of the devil, with somber eyes, a wide mouth and horns. However, unknown to many people the Hannya is a mask, and it is veiled behind what many believe to […]

The Geisha tattoo is perhaps one of the more unique tattoos you can get, especially because it is often misunderstood as being a woman of the night. However, the Geisha is a lot more than just a prostitute. The Gisha symbolizes beauty, seduction and attraction. In Japan and as part of traditional Japanese tattooing practices, […]

In Western culture, the dragon symbolizes ferocity, wealth and strength. Dragons are often seen as a force for destruction and may at times be considered as guardians to either vast knowledge or treasure. In Japanese culture, dragons also called Ryu are seen very differently. In Japanese traditional tattoo art, dragons are benevolent creatures, who