20 Gorgeous Geisha Tattoos
Geisha tattoo can appeal both to women and men, with variable meanings.
Geishas are a well-known, even iconic figure of Japanese culture and naturally, traditional Japanese tattoo art.
They are young women educated to provide the best entertainment to rich men, but not at all prostitutes nor submissive girls, as Occidental people often believe it. They are the symbol of the extreme sophistication of Japan and the guardians of traditions. Some of them were even tattooed. In tattoos, mostly inspired by traditional prints, they are often pictured with flowers, especially cherry blossoms, sitting or walking in temples gardens, holding accessories such as fans and sunshades.
They are the representation of the ideal woman: beautiful, sensual and well dressed (with vibrant colors and detailed kimonos). They are perfect in every aspect of their life: their hairstyles are intricate and meticulous, with symmetrical hair jewels and they are successful in each of their activities. Geishas are also powerful, clever, passionate and untouchable.With their impassive facial make up, their calm gestures and their patience, they remind us of the Zen meditation, and therefore are also a symbol of serenity and dream .Often called "Person of Art", a geisha can be the symbol of talent too : indeed they master many arts at the same time and are cultivated. In a darker aspect, they mean intrigue, mystery, and of course eroticism, and desire.
It’s not rare to see tattoos with skull face geishas, hinted by a fan or a mask: this specific representation mean that evil often hide itself behind beauty, and similarly, that death meet youth. It is the Asian equivalent of Latin "memento mori" (remember that you are mortal).
Less common but also a well-known geisha tattoo design, is the decapitated geisha, impaled on a samurai sword: it may come from an old legend of a geisha who sacrificed herself for love. Its meaning is most likely all the things you could do for love, not misogynous nor sexual, as it may seems.
If you wish your next ink to be a geisha tattoo, here is a selection of gorgeous tattoos to inspire you.
Let’s start with some traditional representation by masters of Japanese style: Shige’s backpiece geisha is very adventurous!
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