HELL HATH NO FURY: 12 Hannya Tattoos by Mike Rubendall

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HELL HATH NO FURY: 12 Hannya Tattoos by Mike Rubendall

Pointed horns, fang like teeth, and stone cold eyes exhibit the wrath of her nature. Hell hath no fury, like a woman scorned.

A popular subject matter in Japanese Irezumi (Tattoo), The Hannya mask has been worn by traditional Japanese actors of the Noh theatre since 14th Century Japan. The mask is specifically used to represent the soul of a woman so consumed by her obsession, jealousy, and anger she has turned into a demon. Though often pictured with menacing grin, a deeper look will show the Hannya is also tormented and sorrowful, displaying the complexity of human emotion.

If you're thinking on a Hannya tattoo and haven't found a great reference, here are 12 perfect examples made by Mike Rubendall.

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Mike Rubendall is the founder of Kings Avenue NYC & Kings Avenue Massapequa. He can be found on Tattoodo

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