Felicity, The Japanese tattoo, traditional Japanese tattoo, Japanese Tattoo Book

Extract from the Book The Japanese Tattoo

Felicity, The Japanese tattoo, traditional Japanese tattoo
Felicity, The Japanese tattoo, traditional Japanese tattoo

The tortoise is a symbol of longevity since it is reputed to live “forever.” It also carries with it sexual connotations because its extending and retracting neck resembles an uncircumcised penis. The subject shown here asked Horiyoshi III somewhat unusually, to tattoo the top of his feet. The master chose the tortoise pattern and on the right foot added the kotobuki ideogram for “Congratulations” or “Felicity.” The client also requested tattooed eyebrows, ostensibly to make his face more fearsome. Cosmetically he doubtless hoped his narrow eyes would appear larger.

I highly recommend this book. Reasonable Price for very good photographs.

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One thought on “Felicity, The Japanese tattoo, traditional Japanese tattoo, Japanese Tattoo Book

  1. Note :) The text above is the text from the book. I wanted to keep it as it was. I am not going to comment to much on it.

    In Japan say, a crane lives a 1000 years, a turtle lives 10000 years. Also one of my fisherman friends, said, when I am fishing in the sea. If I see a turtle, I know there will be good fish. The turtle seeks pure, clear water.

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