18 Majestic Japanese Tiger Tattoos
Tigers are a prominent image in Japanese tattooing even though they are not native to Japan. Bright, bold and beautiful!!
Although they are not indigenous to Japan tigers are still a prominent image in traditional Japanese art and Japanese style tattooing. That said however, fossils found in Japan do indicate that at one time a smaller local subspecies of tiger could be found on a few Japanese islands!! In traditional Japanese tattooing (Irezumi) the tiger is considered the supreme of all land animals and a symbol of courage, strength and long life. It is also said the tigers ward of bad luck and defeat demons!!
All across Asia the tiger is a deeply symbolic animal and commands enormous respect. Tigers in Chinese customs are likewise a superior animal and represent the earth, they also stand on an equal platform to dragons, the tiger symbolizing matter and the dragon symbolizing spirit. In Imperial China a tiger was seen as the personification of war in recognition of its power and fighting prowess. Within modern tattooing tigers commonly find themselves in Japanese style tattoos because of their simple design and bright color. Any Japanese tiger tattoo is an impressive piece of ink and always one worth sharing, so here are 18 of them for you to enjoy- and if you want your own Japanese tiger tattoo be sure to hit up Tattoodo for a custom design!!