Japanese Tattoos


Japan has one of the longest histories of tattooing in the modern world, making Japanese tattoo designs one of the most popular among collectors.

Known as Irezumi – Japanese for the insertion of ink under the skin for decoration – Japanese tattoos were generally applied for spiritual reasons or sometimes just for decoration.

Japanese tattoos over the years

Japanese tattoo designs grew especially in their homeland in the last few hundred years – especially following the popularity of woodblock printing in Japan. The style of the woodblock art provided a tremendous inspiration for the style of body art found in Japan.

While Japanese tattooing can often involve intricate application methods, the style of the designs has become popular in America as well, especially in the last few decades.

Japanese tattoos in Grand Rapids

For Japanese tattoo designs inspired by the likes of Hokusai or featuring traditional images of samurai or koi fish, contact Magnum Tattooing to arrange a personalized design.

Our tattoo shop in Grand Rapids has been in business since 1988, and caters to each of the many different tattoo styles, including Japanese tattoos.