If you’re looking for ideas for your next japanese tattoos we’ve got you covered. Instead of posting specific Japanese tattoo ideas and tattoo designs, we’ve decided to give you a listing of 30 popular Japanese tattoo elements that you can use for inspiration.
These elements should give you an excellent starting point to visualize the look of your next tattoo rather than arbitrarily seeking a Japanese tattoo design. We’re also presenting you with the meanings and symbolism for each element, as there’s nothing worse than getting a tattoo you don’t understand.
Skulls: While the skull gets a bad rap in western culture, Japanese tattooists intended skulls to be a positive representation of the natural life cycle; representing the greatest change one can experience – death.
Chrysanthemum: The Kiku has a deep history tracing back to the seal of the Emperor himself. The flower is portrayed as a symbol of perfection – usually depicted with petals radiating like flames from the sun, the centre representing the Emperor’s status in the social climate.
Demon: The Oni is often depicted as a malevolent horned character. Fearsome and supernatural, they are said to represent a belief in the spirit world in which Oni carry out the role of punishing the unjust and evil. Oni, are often confused with the popular Hannya Mask which a traditional Japanese prop used by actors of Noh theatre in the 14th century.