Japanese Tattoos Chicago – Popular Styles
When it comes to tattoo art, the Japanese tattoo is considered to be one of the most popular in Chicago. In traditional Japanese culture, a tattoo often symbolized spirituality, purpose and status. Originally, the Japanese tattoo conveyed status a person enjoys in society but it evolved when spiritual symbols were used as a form of charm or protection and also a means of signifying devotion. During the course of many years, Japanese tattoos were used to brand someone, similar to what the Romans did with criminals so that they can easily be recognizable. However, this practice faded through the years and the Japanese tattoo regained its original meaning, which was as a status symbol worn by rich traders who ironically were not allowed to display their wealth. After the 2ndWorld War, none other than Japan’s divine emperor deemed tattoos illegal in an effort to repair the image of Japan with the world. Later on, the criminal element in Japan, the Yakuza adopted a certain tattoo style, which would later become a status symbol in their organization.
The meaning behind a Japanese tattoo is connected to the different creatures natural and mystical as well as plants and people that are portrayed in the tattoo. It is above natural self-expression so to speak as the symbols the images convey refer to a person’s aspirations, beliefs and personal traits. Also referred to as motifs, they even depict famous myths and stories in the Japanese culture. The intention behind the images is to have the same meaning regardless and is not unique specifically to the person wearing the tattoo. So when you see a Japanese tattoo you would immediately recognize the symbolism behind and what the wearer intends to communicate to the viewer. It could range from simple personality traits, character qualities or membership in a criminal gang like the Yakuza.
When you see a Japanese tattoo made by Paul Dhuey, you will instantly be amazed at the strict attention to detail, color and adherence to proper placement on the body. So make the drive up to the shop from Chicago and get started today!
Dragon Tatto Designs Chicago
Interested in getting a Dragon tattoo? Katana Tattoo can hook you up with the latest dragon tattoo designs inspired from traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. In the west, dragons normally symbolize wealth, fierceness and strength. They can both be destructive and protective forces. In traditional Japanese tattoo art, dragons are considered generous, compassionate creatures that perform deeds for mankind’s good. Another trait attributable to dragon s is wisdom. The symbolism behind this beautiful tattoo has made it one of the most popular styles among the many in Japanese tattoos. Our Katana Tattoo artists will sit with you to discuss which design would best complement your body shape and will advice also on where to place it on your body. Since these are traditional Japanese symbols, correct placement is important to ensure proper reverence is observed for the culture.
Koi Fish Tattoos
One of the most popular Japanese tattoos requested by customers, this work of art symbolizes determination and a very strong desire to succeed at any endeavor, to become something more so to speak. The Koi fish being also native to Japan it is revered for its determination to swim upstream. Legend says that if the koi fish is able to swim up the Yellow River it turns into a dragon. The Koi fish serves as a form of metaphor for life. People that have undergone a struggle or adversity and have conquered it will want a Koi tattoo on their body. Let Katana Tattoo bring to life this beautiful tattoo design on your body.
Yakuza Tattoos Chicago
Katana Tattoo can provide customers with an interesting array of beautiful Yakuza tattoos. The symbolism behind Yakuza tattoos is reflective of the Yakuza culture; the full body suit tattoo for instance is a prime example. Our experienced Katana Tattoo artists can guide you on the many interesting and varied designs available. Each tattoo signifies different meanings ranging from determination, hope, good fortune, struggle against odds and many more. Some are used as a form of protection while others tell something about the Yakuza member’s life. Be it a beautiful Koi or a dazzling samurai warrior or a majestic dragon, trust Katana Tattoo to bring these symbols of Yakuza prominence to life.
Highly motivated, loyal, disciplined elite warrior class, the samurai is the embodiment of what a true warrior is. At Katana Tattoo we have a number of different samurai tattoo designs for you to choose from. The tattoo may come in a range of sizes and styles. However, many designs are bigger because of the amount of detail needed in the tattoo. The samurai tattoo is a symbol that signifies courage and strength. Depending on the design there are a host of meanings that can come with the tattoo, you can discuss all of your ideas and questions with our expert Katana Tattoo artists who will guide you on what designs work best with your persona as well as suggest what area of the body it can be placed to achieve the best effect.
Japanese Symbol Tattoos
Prefer characters rather than images for your tattoo? Katana tattoo offers Japanese symbol tattoos, understated yet quite impactful when placed on bare skin. They are elegant yet small enough to place in different areas of your body. One can say, getting a Japanese symbol tattoo otherwise known as a kanji tattoo is the most understated means to convey an artistic sentiment that is meaningful and modern at the same time. Very popular in US and Europe, this tattoo is perfect for people that want to express themselves in symbols. Trust our team of experienced and highly trained tattoo artists to help you select the right symbol and meaning for placement on your body.
Japanese Skull Tattoos
Usually, the skull in most tattoo cultures and art means danger or death. However, when used in the Japanese context, the skull tattoo is intended to have a positive meaning. It is meant to convey the natural cycle of life. In the traditional context, the skull tattoo is used to represent change. Our Katana Tattoo artists can show you different design contexts for this striking skull tattoo. Meant to be a symbol for celebrating life rather than death, the skull tattoo can be depicted in beautiful color schemes. Book an appointment with us today to learn more about how we can help you in selecting a skull tattoo design that complements your intended body part placement and personality.
Japanese Lion Tattoos
The Japanese Lion Tattoo represents protection, strength and courage. When depicted as statues they act to protect and keep evil away, as a tattoo on skin they serve to protect the wearer. Lion tattoos often show the wearer as both courageous and imbued with heroic aspirations. Quite commonly seen in entrances to shrines, persons inked with this tattoo are said to be prepared ready to defend his rights, property and dignity. Trust Katana Tattoo to bring this intricate and majestic figure to life on your body. There are different concepts to choose from and. Katana Tattoo’s resident tattoo artists are highly trained and experienced to help guide you on the selection and placement process for this design.
Geisha Tattoos Chicago
When it comes to colorful and creative body art that portrays the human form, quite a few can compare to the majesty and grace of the Geisha. The Geisha in traditional Japanese refers to artist or performing artist and they are female hostesses with exquisite talents in conversation, music and dance. The beautiful Geisha tattoo is worn by both men and women and is also a very popular request here at Katana Tattoo. The Geisha tattoo symbolizes exotic grace and divine beauty. Katana tattoo artists convey very colorful and intricately designed pieces to fully capture the beauty of this mysterious creature. The geisha is a representation of female power and mystery. Her specialized talents and refined ways make her elusive and almost unattainable. She represents aspirations, dreams and desires. Katana Tattoo specializes in exquisite and intricate Japanese tattoos like the beautiful Geisha for Chicago residents.
Blue Koi Fish Tattoo
The beautiful Koi fish is full of symbolism and the Koi itself when depicted in Japanese tattoos refer to determination against adversity, achieving a goal or a transformation in life. There are different colors of Koi and they each have their own respective meanings. The blue koi for instance, is often equated with masculinity or virility and hence with reproduction. The blue koi is also symbolic of the son of a family. The color blue in this regard also represents calmness, tranquility and peace. Allow our meticulous Katana Tattoo artists place this beautiful symbol of peace and manliness on your body.