16 Refined Sumi-E Tattoos

jentheripper in Tattoo Ideas

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...

Japanese tattoo legend Horiyoshi III of Yokohama painting on rice paper, using traditional sumi-e techniques.
Japanese tattoo legend Horiyoshi III of Yokohama painting on rice paper, using traditional sumi-e techniques.
A delicate tattoo of a bird on a bamboo by Niko Inko, a famous French graphic tattoo artist.
A delicate tattoo of a bird on a bamboo by Niko Inko, a famous French graphic tattoo artist.
Beautiful placement of a cherry blossom branch by calligraphy tattoo master Joey Pang from the famous Tattoo Temple of Hong-Kong.
Beautiful placement of a cherry blossom branch by calligraphy tattoo master Joey Pang from the famous Tattoo Temple of Hong-Kong.
A freehand tattoo by the rising star of Japanese tattoo, Gakkin.
A freehand tattoo by the rising star of Japanese tattoo, Gakkin.
Poetic sumi-e goldfishes. Credits missing, can you tell who is the artist?
Poetic sumi-e goldfishes. Credits missing, can you tell who is the artist?

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Birds by Joey Pang.
Birds by Joey Pang.
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A raven in sumi-e style project by Niko Inko.
Gorgeous floral sleeve by Liisa Addi.
Gorgeous floral sleeve by Liisa Addi.
Subtle cherry blossoms on the back. Please credit the artist.
Subtle cherry blossoms on the back. Please credit the artist.
Wild horse by Joey Pang.
Wild horse by Joey Pang.
A classic landscape by Keith Marcelle.
A classic landscape by Keith Marcelle.
Stylish lotus by Chen Jie
Stylish lotus by Chen Jie
Bamboos by Niko Inko.
Bamboos by Niko Inko.
Black poppies. Please credit.
Black poppies. Please credit.
Sakuras and blue birds by Sole Tattoo.
Sakuras and blue birds by Sole Tattoo.
Just some sakuras on the ribs.
Just some sakuras on the ribs.

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Writer for art related medias. Fell in love with tattoo while researching for another passion, crime history. Travelling, admiring, sharing.

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