18 Epic ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’ Tattoos

18 Epic ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’ Tattoos

The iconic woodblock print by Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hokusai is still making colossal waves.

Catch the big wave with Hokusai's timeless masterpiece that has become a staple tattoo design in the industry, now reinvented in various styles that keep the art work alive.

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When Katsushika Hokusai created ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa,’ I wonder if he had any idea how his depiction of the breathtaking panorama of Mount Fuji would endure for more than a hundred years as an iconic piece of art that's plastered in just about everything these days. That's not a negative thing because ‘The Great Wave off’ was initially mass-produced as souvenirs from Mt. Fuji, which was considered a sacred mountain by many.

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In tattoos, ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’ also became a true classic, especially in irezumi. But these days, the iconic print has been transformed by various artists in different contemporary styles that caused ripples in the majestic mountainside waves.

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