Irezumi are traditional Japanese tattoosIrezumi is the Japanese word for tattoo, and Japanese tattooing has had its own distinct style created over centuries. Irezumi is done by hand, using wooden handles and metal needles attached via silk thread. This method also requires special ink called Nara ink (zumi). It is a painful and time consuming process, done by a limited number of specialists. The tattoo artist is called a Brother, and usually has one or more apprentices working for him for a long period of time. They often become a part of the horishis tattoo family. Irezumi was initially associated with firemen, who wore them as a form of spiritual protection. They were admired figures of bravery and roguish sex-appeal, which inspired imitation. At the beginning of the Meiji period the Japanese government outlawed tattoos, and Irezumi took on connotations of criminality. Many yakuza and other criminals now avoid tattoos for this very reason.


In Japanese, “irezumi” literally means “inserting ink” and it can be written in several ways, most commonly as 入れ墨. Synonyms include bunshin (文身, lit. “patterning the body”), shisei (刺青, lit. “piercing with blue”), and gei (黥, lit. “tattooing”). Each of these synonyms can also be read as “irezumi”, which is a gikun reading of these kanji. Tattoos are also sometimes called horimono (彫り物, lit. “carving”).

Another important things is choosing a professional and qualified tattoo artist. If you consider price is the main thing, you should be prepared to risk or impact of cheap and non-standard equipment, safety and hygiene service standards, the quality of the inks, and the quality of the final results of the tattoo artist. But if you want quality tattoos, all pain but no regrets, and pride in the final results, TOBY MYER is ready to make you proud of your tattoo with our world-class standard tattoo artist masterpiece,

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