Graceful piece by Ana Work AnaWork shibari redink linework japaneseart

Japanese Bondage is In Style: Intense Shibari Tattoos

Gorgeous tattoos to celebrate this erotic Japanese art form.

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Step aside, Fifty Shades of Grey, you don't even hold a candle to this historic, erotic art form. You see, rope bondage is a tale as old as time — screw the roses, send me the thorns, know what I mean? Shibari literally translates to "decoratively tied," so you know this old-school Japanese bondage style means fashion as well as fetish. 


Rope bondage, like spanking, has all these misconceptions about it. What you do with someone once they're all tied up is up to you, but the real art and sensation is in the process. Methodical, beautiful — shibari is about turning a person into a delightfully trussed-up piece of art, while placing the rope ties in places that activate, stimulate, and compress. 


Of course, hard-core shibari lovers have taken the art to another level, and turned this Japanese bondage into its own category — shibari tattoos.

Breath-taking tattoo by Charles Huurman CharlesHuurman shibari bondage realistic realism japaneseart
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Poetic shibari tattoo by Chimaera Chimaera shibari blackwork flower linework japaneseart
Poetic shibari tattoo by Chimaera #Chimaera #shibari #blackwork #flower #linework #japaneseart
Traditional tattoo by Humberto Humberto shibari traditional japaneseart
Traditional tattoo by Humberto #Humberto #shibari #traditional #japaneseart
Superb Japanese tattoo by Junior Tatouages JuniorTatouages shibari Japanese geisha japaneseart
Superb Japanese tattoo by Junior Tatouages #JuniorTatouages #shibari #Japanese #geisha #japaneseart
Stylish sketch tattoo by Léa Nahon LéaNahon shibari sketch blackwork sketchstyle japaneseart
Stylish sketch tattoo by Léa Nahon #LéaNahon #shibari #sketch #blackwork #sketchstyle #japaneseart
Graphic piece by L'Oiseau LOiseau shibari graphic graphicshibari japaneseart
Graphic piece by L'Oiseau #LOiseau #shibari #graphic #graphicshibari #japaneseart

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Colorful tattoo by Nicoz Balboa NicozBalboa shibari illustrative japaneseart
Colorful tattoo by Nicoz Balboa #NicozBalboa #shibari #illustrative #japaneseart
Cool negative space blackwork by Roman Melnikov RomanMelnikov shibari negativespace blackwork japaneseart
Cool negative space blackwork by Roman Melnikov #RomanMelnikov #shibari #negativespace #blackwork #japaneseart
Sexy blackwork shibari tattoo by Sad Amish SadAmish shibari blackwork japaneseart
Sexy blackwork shibari tattoo by Sad Amish #SadAmish #shibari #blackwork #japaneseart
Shibari pin-up by Shredingerova Shredingerova shibari pinup blackwork japaneseart
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WIP backpiece by Tamara Santibanez TamaraSantibanez shibari backpiece pinup japaneseart
WIP backpiece by Tamara Santibanez #TamaraSantibanez #shibari #backpiece #pinup #japaneseart
Fantastic shibari tattoo by Valentina Ryabova ValentinaRyabova shibari realistic japaneseart
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WIP piece by Yom Yom shibari Japanese traditional japaneseart
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So take a walk on the wild side — click through the artists' Instagrams to snag your own rope bondage tattoo, or read more about shibari itself through this wonderful book by Midori. 

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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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