Tengu, (meaning 'heavenly dog'), are traditional supernatural creatures from Japanese mythology and folklore that are often considered as Shinto Gods. Within Buddhism the Tengu was seen as a demon or bringer of war, but overtime their symbolism shifted to a more positive nature and they are instead seen as the protectors of mountains and forests. The traditional image of a Tengu was a monstrous bird like a creature with a long beak. The anthropomorphized Tengu has a red face with a long nose. It has become the most popular of two depictions.
Tengu tattoos often take the form of the red faced anthropomorphized Tengu. Done in a bold and classic Japanese style Tengu tattoos look awesome. Take a look at these Tengu tattoos and see whether a Tengu tattoo is a possibility for you!