Irezumi (入れ墨, 入墨, 文身 (also pronounced bunshin), 剳青, 黥 or 刺青): tattoo (noun or verb)
Irezumi roots in modern tattooing are very strong. Nowadays, traditional Japanese motifs, designs, and stylistic sensibilities are incredibly popular sources of inspiration behind many contemporary tattoos styles.
Often, many tattoo artists combine the old with the new or traditional Japanese with different cultural backgrounds to create unique works of art. Regardless of specific style, these Japanese – inspired tattoos have one thing in common: roots in Irezumi, or traditional Japanese tattooing.
So you can say that my Japanese Style is pretty much Russian culture influenced. Its not 100% Japanese as I am not Japanese. And that is the beauty and uniqueness of art.
In terms of subject matter, Japanese tattoos often showcase the culture’s reverence for nature – animals and flowers. Additionally, much like the ukiyo-e prints that have inspired Japanese tattoos, figures and portraits are also frequently featured in traditional tattoos.
Many tattoos feature animals associated with strength, courage, and protection for example tigers or dragons. Koi fish are historically popular subjects, too, as they represent luck, success, and good fortune.
Phoenix not always on fire! However, no matter the details of its origin, life, or death, it has become a symbol not only of the undying soul, resurrection, and immortal life but also one of triumph and a rebirth in this life.
Sakura – cherry blossoms, remain the most popular floral motif found in Japanese tattoos. Lotus flowers, peonies, and Chrysanthemums are also favored for their beauty and prevalence in Japan.
Heroes – both realistic and mythological figures are often featured in Japanese tattoos. Portraits of people rooted in realism include warriors and geishas, while folkloric figures include Tengu (ghosts) and Oni (demons or troll-like creatures)(Source)
In the gallery above you can see some Irezumi influenced Tattoo I made during the years working all over the world.
Japanese Tattoo. Done by George Bardadim, Tattoo Artist based in NYC