Beautiful geisha tattoo, artist unknown. geisha

20 Gorgeous Geisha Tattoos

Geisha tattoo can appeal both to women and men, with variable meanings.

jentheripper in Tattoo Ideas

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.

Shige’s backpiece Geisha Tattoo geisha japanese shige
Shige’s backpiece Geisha Tattoo #geisha #japanese #shige

Let’s start with some traditional representation by masters of Japanese style: Shige’s backpiece geisha is very adventurous!

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Amazing geisha tattoo by Darius Strangeris Lithuania #geisha
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This stunning realistic geisha tattoo with her sunshade was made by Florian Karg (Germany). geisha
This stunning realistic geisha tattoo with her sunshade was made by Florian Karg (Germany). #geisha
Awesome Geisha tattoo by John Maxx (Romania) that soften the realism with some watercolor effect to allude to a cherry tree background.
Awesome Geisha tattoo by John Maxx (Romania) that soften the realism with some watercolor effect to allude to a cherry tree background.
This close-up on a westernized geisha tattoo is beautiful. By Mike DeVries (USA).
This close-up on a westernized geisha tattoo is beautiful. By Mike DeVries (USA).
Matteo Pasqualin (Italy) pictured a sweet and sexy geisha tattoo in a whirlwind of petals. geisha
Matteo Pasqualin (Italy) pictured a sweet and sexy geisha tattoo in a whirlwind of petals. #geisha
Impressive backpiece geisha tattoo by Johan Finné (Sweden) with a skull face and a crane ready to fly. geisha
Impressive backpiece geisha tattoo by Johan Finné (Sweden) with a skull face and a crane ready to fly. #geisha
Geisha Tattoo, She’s playing some music for Michal Meehow Kotarski (UK), in a manga-like style. geisha
Geisha Tattoo, She’s playing some music for Michal Meehow Kotarski (UK), in a manga-like style. #geisha
This geisha tattoo is inspired by graphic novels too, very innocent and child-like. By David Corden (UK). geisha
This geisha tattoo is inspired by graphic novels too, very innocent and child-like. By David Corden (UK). #geisha
Same design, another point of view: Amy Wagner (USA) prefered a more adult Geisha tattoo version. geisha
Same design, another point of view: Amy Wagner (USA) prefered a more adult Geisha tattoo version. #geisha
If you like old-school geisha tattoo, this one by Khristian Bennett (USA) has got vivid colors and a sexy pin-up attitude. geisha
If you like old-school geisha tattoo, this one by Khristian Bennett (USA) has got vivid colors and a sexy pin-up attitude. #geisha
You can also modernize geisha tattoo: Jee Sayalero (Spain) transformed her into a red panda with an animation style. Very cute! geisha
You can also modernize geisha tattoo: Jee Sayalero (Spain) transformed her into a red panda with an animation style. Very cute! #geisha
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Geisha Tattoo #geisha #geishatattoo

This one is ready to ink with her tattoo machine (unknown artist, please let us know).

It looks legit until you notice the ghetto blaster. This witty geisha tattoo belongs to Apanduh Bear, a body piercer (photo by Scott R. Kline). geisha
It looks legit until you notice the ghetto blaster. This witty geisha tattoo belongs to Apanduh Bear, a body piercer (photo by Scott R. Kline). #geisha
A very rock’n’roll graphic geisha tattoo with guitars and cables by Ben (Japan). geisha
A very rock’n’roll graphic geisha tattoo with guitars and cables by Ben (Japan). #geisha
Leonidas Lonis (Greece)  got inspired by a crazy illustration of Shohei Otomo for this bondage geisha tattoo! Geisha
Leonidas Lonis (Greece) got inspired by a crazy illustration of Shohei Otomo for this bondage geisha tattoo! #Geisha
New school tattoos also use geishas and sometimes as zombies: here geisha tattoo by Tatu Baby (USA). Geisha
New school tattoos also use geishas and sometimes as zombies: here geisha tattoo by Tatu Baby (USA). #Geisha

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