16 Refined Sumi-E Tattoos
The influence of Japanese art on tattoo is quite considerable.
The Japanese traditional tattoos and their modern versions are mainly inspired by an artistic movement born on the Edo era (from 1603 to 1868) and called ukiyo-e ( in Japanese "images of the floating world"). But many other movements and styles existed and are now influencing a new generation of tattoo artists fascinated by the Asian aesthetic. The sumi-e (in Japanese "painting with ink") was a style dominating the Muromachi period (from 1336 to 1573). Imported from China, it is an artistic counterpart of zen philosophy, with its minimalistic and elegant brushstrokes and dark wash drawings. Often in black ink with few touches of colors, the sumi-e tattoos are playing with codes of ink's paintings, showing the strength of the paintbrush and the refinement of Nature and ikebana art (the art of flowers). Inspired by Japanese sumi-e masters Shubun and Sesshu, sumi-e tattoos are showing peaceful and poetic landscapes, as well as flowers, trees and noble animals.
If you enjoy calligraphy tattoos and the sophistication of Japanese culture, take the time to admire these zen and gorgeous sumi-e tattoos...