Gorgeous Japanese Back Tattoo Design Ideas for Men and Women in 2020

The Japanese tattoos on the back are a brave and extensive choice for those who want a tattoo with a classic but bold and colorful , with a recognizable design at first sight and so epic that has bloody battles and impossible stories.

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In this article we will see some Japanese tattoos on the back and some surprising facts about its history in the land of the rising sun.

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The origins of Japanese tattoos on the back

Surely you already know that Japanese tattoos on the back have a very peculiar origin (and that is why they are not very well seen in their country) , since, at the beginning (and so early: in the 18th century), criminals were they tattooed in this area of ​​the body to hide the fact that they belonged to a criminal gang (the trick was to tattoo their backs and leave enough space in their arms to be able to roll up their sleeves without raising suspicions).

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Horimono and tattoo artists: a shared ritual

People with Japanese tattoos on their back are known as horimono. The subjects they used to get tattooed on include delicacies like designs inspired by kabuki and Japanese or Chinese mythology.

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The way of tattooing was also a ritual for the horimono and the tattoo artist . The way of tattooing of yesteryear was much more painful (and laborious) than it is now (before they even fainted!). Enduring the pain without question was a ritual that created a very special bond between tattooed and tattooed. The tattoo artist even allowed himself (albeit in a very discreet way) to sign his works on the tattooed skin.

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As you can see, Japanese tattoos on the back are a subject that gives a lot of itself. Tell us, have we surprised you? Do you have any tattoos of this style? Remember that you can tell us what you want in the comments!

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