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12 Sensual and Bizarre Shunga Tattoos

Let's get obscene with these cheeky and tasteful NSFW tattoos in the sensual style of shunga.

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Inspired by Japanese erotic art or shunga, contemporary tattoo artists try to recreate the art form that was originally done in a woodblock print format or ukiyo-e. In the Edo period, most woodblock prints consisted of the then-urban scenes of the Japanese era including shunga which means ‘picture of spring,’ a euphemism for sex. 

While some dismiss it as a kind of pre-technology form of Japanese porn, classifying it as such is actually an insult to the traditional art form. Many tattoo artists are now bringing Edo period Japanese erotica into the West through aesthetic tattoos that capture shunga with a mod vibe.

Shunga tattoo by Sara Ruiz. SaraRuiz shunga japanese nsfw genital traditionaljapanese
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I first wrote about modern shunga-inspired tattoos here:

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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