Having a tattoo is a personal journey. For the Japanese for example, having a tattoo is an important part of their culture other than aesthetics. So if you’re a Japanese, how would one consider a tattoo or the processes of having it done?
These are just some of the questions that baffle outsiders in the Japanese culture as to how they view tattooing. Just like in any other cultures, Japanese are too intricate on their arts including tattooing. Although time has passed and there have been new technologies added, modern day Japanese still consider tattooing an integral part of their culture and having a tattoo has a major role in developing their collective identity as a nation.
However, with the introduction of modern designs as technologies, more and more Japanese, especially the younger generation, have embraced a new way of interpreting tattoo as a part of their culture. Today’s Japanese pretty much do the same thing and preparation when planning to have a tattoo or in the precise processes of rendering it.
Just like any other people in the world, Japanese do the same preparation when it comes to tattooing. Aside from mentally preparing themselves for that major event in their lives they too do extensive research about the design, pattern, color, risks involve, costs, tattoo shops, and after-care procedures for the tattoo.
As you can see, they’re no different as to how they prepare themselves before having a tattoo done.
Since the majority of today’s Japanese young people in Japan are into technology and online browsing, it’s pretty obvious that the very first place that they would usually go to when looking for tattoo ideas is the Internet.
Even for tattoo, the Internet is without a doubt the richest resource of information and ideas that one can rely on. Even when looking for tattoo designs, the Internet has literally billions of pictures, stories, blogs, and ideas that can help individuals decide which design to have and how to make it happen.
Since Japan is one of the leading countries in terms of technological advancement, it’s not a surprise to find younger generations that are too hooked to social networking sites such as Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter, among others.
Fortunately, these social networking sites make young people of Japan to find ideas or tattoo design a lot easier. Unlike before when the older Japanese had to rely on literature and book about their traditional Japanese Tattoos, now, their younger generations can see different designs by just browsing the Internet. Also, another good thing about social media is that anyone can ask questions if they are still undecided about having a tattoo through different forums.
By using different online platforms such as blogs or forums, anyone can throw question to people who share the same experience and get their different opinions. Before if the older Japanese is contemplating to have Japanese Tattoos done, what they usually do is to ask their peers personally.
But today, everything got a lot easier and convenient. One just has to ask a question and that’s it. The solution will be provided in an instant.
Finding the design
Just as other people would do it, Japanese too follow the same concepts of choosing what design to get done. But in Japan, since most people here have remained loyal to their traditions, choosing a tattoo design for a typical Japanese individual is quite different.
For them, they prefer tattoo designs that are too personal and anchored on their tradition. Since Japan is one of the countries with rich cultural heritage and history, it’s no wonder to see people having a tattoo that are either anchored on their culture or religion.
It’s very common to see basic tattoo themes among Japanese people such as basic symbols about Buddhism and their imperial history. But other than that, since younger generation Japanese have become more modern than their parents, they too have adopted a more modern way of tattoo practices.
If you just a typical person, the time is not really an important aspect to consider. But some people, including some Japanese like sentimentality on their tattoos and even when selecting when they are having the tattoo done. Since the Japanese by traditional have unique beliefs, it’s not uncommon to see even modern day Japanese to consider certain cultural aspects when coming up with the days they will be having the design.
If you’re in Japan, you can see some superstitious beliefs being practiced by many people all over the country about tattooing. It’s perfectly fine to follow all these traditions and interesting practices that other cultures have even when getting a tattoo. For outsiders, it’s won’t cause harm to you if you will experience the “Japanese way” of getting inked. While you’re at it, remember to enjoy the process.
One of the common superstitions that older Japanese consider when having a tattoo includes the position of the moon whether it falls on a certain day of the week. Since the lunar activity plays a vital role in the culture and tradition of the Japanese, it is expected to see tattoo artists who really consider this principle, which some outsider find it rather odd.
Tattoos on different parts of the body bear different meanings. For beginners, it’s best to have a tattoo on a hidden part of the body to avoid being judged or scolded by parents.
For working individuals, choosing the right placement of the tattoo is another important aspect to consider. Aside from the fact some people find it distracting, some reports have cited that having a tattoo may affect a person’s employability and thus, creates another concern for those who have been wanting to have a tattoo done but are too afraid of the possible consequences.
Again, if you have doubts about having a tattoo or if you think it has an impact on your future plans, don’t even dare entertaining the fact of getting one. Moreso with the placement of your tattoo, which is indeed a very important aspect to consider before hand.