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The Legend of the Nue as Told Through Traditional Japanese Tattoos

The Legend of the Nue as Told Through Traditional Japanese Tattoos

Tattoo Ideas2 min Read

Here are eight large-scale Irezumi masterpieces that depict one of the most bizarre mythological creatures from Japanese folklore.

Indomitable is our weekly series where we examine the symbolism and history behind motifs in Japanese tattoos (Irezumi). Make sure to check out some of the previous installments, such as this article about kitsune — aka magical foxes — and this piece about hannya masks.

To see more mythological creatures that survive through the Japanese style, pay a visit to these tattooists’ Instagrams. If the tale of the Nue speaks to you, consider getting a sleeve or back-piece featuring the enchanted monster to show your appreciation of Irezumi and the folklore behind it.


Ross Howerton
Written byRoss Howerton

BA in Literary Studies from The New School. MFA in Creative Writing from NMSU. Staff Writer for Tattoodo. I love art, books, movies, music, and video games. Hit me up on Twitter @Powertonium

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