Pine Tree Japanese Tattoo
This Bird and Pine Tree Japanese Tattoo short sleeve has been recently finished. The tattoo done by George Bardadim at Tattoo Culture, Brooklyn, NYC.
A little bit about Pine Tree in Japanese Art
“Matsu” means “waiting for the soul of a god to descend from Heaven” in Japanese. In ancient Shinto beliefs, gods were said to have ascended to Heaven on a pine tree, where they now reside on a beautiful volcanic mountain in giant or old trees.
Pine trees are associated with the New Year in Japan. So much so that many Japanese hang a bundle of pine twigs and bamboo trunks known as a Kado matsu (“Gate pine” in English) on their doors to receive a blessing from the gods.
Pines are also used to mark the boundaries of the sacred ground of temples and shrines.(Source)