22 Exceptional Japanese Snake Tattoos
In Japanese culture, tradition and mythology the snake (Hebi) is a potent symbol. Said to hold supernatural abilities the snake is a bringer of protection and can shield against illness, disaster and bad fortune. It is common in traditional Japanese stories for the snake to have the ability to change and transform into a human form, usually that of a scorn and vengeful woman or a jealous lover. However not all connotations of the snake are negative, it is an old practice for shop keepers to have the image of a snake coiled around a hammer/mallet hanging near the shop entrance, it is believed the image brings prosperity and good fortune.
Snakes in Japanese traditions have long been associated with humanity's greatest fears yet also its greatest hopes. In older folklore snakes were the guardians of shrines and treasure, creatures of wisdom and prophecy there to protect you. Unlike many western interpretations of snakes Japanese culture and tradition hold the snake highly and likewise snake tattoos are considered a very potent tattoo. The wearer will be protected from misfortune and their tattoo a bringer of luck... If you're in the market for your own Japanese snake tattoo take a look at these exceptional tattoos and maybe even get yourself a custom Japanese snake tattoo!