Kintaro And Maple Leaves

Find Your Way Tattoo

Kintaro again in mortal struggle with the powerful carp. This time he is older, armed, fully clothed, and tied with a bow at the obi in lieu of the haramaki . The maple leaves suggest the passage of time or aging. Horiichi's signature chop, or han, is at the top left of the full-back tattoo. PERSEVERANCE Horijin tells here the famous Chinese story of the iioness mother who tossed her favorite, still suckling cub down a ravine to train and encourage him to climb back to her. It is a legend of...

Japanese Clouds Tattoo

Tattoos Japanese Clouds

THUNDERBOLT Horiichi has tattooed a series of near abstractions on this client, who asked for the fury of the elements. Here are wind, thunder, lightning, and clouds tossed in turbulence. TABOO These men have been tattooed by Horikin on the left, and Horigoro II on the right. The prayer Nam Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo Hail to the Lotus Scripture of the Good Law derives from the fanatical Nichiren sect of Buddhism founded in A.D. 1253, whose six million followers today are still much addicted to chanting...

Japanese Mythology Tattoo

Horiyoshi Iii

CARP The subject here is Horiyoshi III himself, as tattooed by his master Horiyoshi II. The scene is a fantasy of ocean waves and wind, eddies and whirlpools, all celebrating the persistence and fortitude of the heroic carp. Note the pierced nipple. Above Horiyoshi III holding his as yet untattooed son. NINJA RAT This subject was born in the Year of the Rat, the first one in the Oriental Zodiac. He chose the Ninja Rat for his back tattoo by Horikin. No one can explain why the rat, a rodent and...

Japanese Rocks Tattoos

ENDURANCE Peony nipples and navel attract the butterfly as the waves and rocks draw the carp. Above the solar plexus Horijin has tattooed the virtuous character shinobu, meaning endurance. This word has a subsidiary meaning also pertinent to the irezumi world, to hide oneself or to live in concealment. DEVOTION Appropriately, Horikin tattooed his wife's back with the Kwannon Hindu Avalokitesvara , the Buddhist goddess who is the All-Merciful One Surveying the World with Pity, and who rides a...

Horiyoshi Iii 100 Demons

BRAVERY Here Horiyoshi III depicts another tattooed hero from the Suikoden, the famous Chinese novel about the exploits of a band of 108 brave warriors. SPIDERWEB The client requested a delicate and detailed image for his underarm, one of the most painful areas to be tattooed and also one of the most dangerous. The needle pricks are constantly subjected to excretions from the sweat glands. The underarm hair suggested to Horikin the idea of a furry spider's web. The spider in Japan has dual...