Japanese tattooing is an important part of ancient Japanese culture. The images of traditional tribal tattoos are truly impressive. Each one has its meaning and symbolism. We have picked traditional Japanese mask tattoo as the most eye catching and unique tattoo designs.
Japanese mask tattoo is one of the very first symbols. The main role of tattooes were to symbolize social status. Those of higher classes could wear traditional tattoos while the details of tattoo could tell much about the owner. Traditional tattoos are massive, mostly covering the whole back from neck to the lower back, the sleeves and legs.
JAPANESE MASK TATTOO SYMBOLISM AND MEANING
There are several types of mask tattoos that exist in traditional Japanese tattooing.
ONI MASK TATTOO. Oni or a demon image served as a protective symbol. According to tribal symbolism Oni punished those who did injustice. Oni mask represents the fight between good and evil. Oni mask protects the owner and gives strength in hard times.
HANNAYA MASK TATTOO. Hannaya is a demon mask that is associated with a legend about a woman who was eaten by rage. The symbol tattoo has protective power from evil eye. According to the common belief the one who wears Hannaya tattoo is lucky.
TRIBAL JAPANESE MASK TATTOO DESIGNS
Japanese mask tattoos have bright colors. The dominating color is red. Blue, green, orange, yellow, black and white is also used. The dramatic contrast and versatility of colors also captures attention especially when the tattoo covers the whole body. As for Japanese mask, the images are fierce and demonic. The mask has open mouth and crazy eyes.
Traditional Japanese mask is inked on back. It mostly covers the area from the neck to lower back. Such tattoos mostly have other details of a traditional tattoo like flowers, dragon, tiger, snake and etc.
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