Japanese tattoos are so full of symbolism. Some of the most popular designs are the Suikoden warriors, Kannon and dragons. The Suikoden warriors are e108 rebels that carry tattoos.  Kannons are the Bodhisattva of Mahayana Buddhism. Dragons are the last motif of Japanese tattoos. In Japan, dragons are considered as luck. This may be justified with the fact that the Japanese dragon symbolizes water. He either lives in the clouds where the can climb down on thunderstorms or else lives in rivers or lakes.

Any or all Japanese tattoos could be combined with lotus, cherry blossoms and snakes. There are endless variations and all of them are appealing. These tattoos are regaining popularity once again among the middle class. Ironically, the young generation of Japanese these days is sporting tattoos that can be done in a single sitting like the traditional tribal tattoos and American style tattoos.

The traditional Irezumi is still done by specialist tattoo artists. Since Japanese tattoos are very detailed and elaborate, they also cost a lost and very time-consuming. The traditional  ‘body suit’ that covers the arms, back chest and upper legs could take up to fiver years to be completed for a once-a-week visit and costs over $35,000!

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