10 elements of the Japanese tattoo explained

are looking for Japanese tattoo in Pamplona? You’ve come to the right place.

In Aizkora Tattoo, Jaume Viladoms is responsible for studying and understanding this style. You have selected the 10 most typical elements of the Japanese tattoo to explain them and understand them.


The Japanese tattoo consists of centuries of tradition . It is a discipline with a rich history, there are parameters and rules to follow, as well as to understand meanings.

The dragon



One of the most iconic elements in the Japanese tattoo is the dragon. This creature is present in art and folklore of Buddhism and shinto religion and Zen.

In Japan today still having temples where is worshipped the Dragon, as on the island of Enoshima.


In the traditional Japanese tattoo, dragons are evil creatures, but generous, benevolent and fair .

However, where will not honor them and respect, can also generate problems (for example, can handle rain, causing droughts or storms as it seem).


Because you know fly, they tend to be represented along with the wind and frequently accompanied by clouds in the background.

Dragons work well as centerpiece in the composition of a sleeve.

the Dragons colour can be varied (red, black, green, white, blue, yellow…), each representing a different Dragon type, with different qualities.



Another of the main reasons for the Japanese tattoo is Tiger . Since Tigers are not native to Japan, it’s a reason imported from China.

In Japan, as a symbol first appeared in imagery of Buddhism zen, as forces of nature and the human spirit.


In Japan, the Tiger represents force and courage, and usually it is represented in an aggressive posture (with open mouth and teeth). Precisely because of this, he was one of the emblem chosen by military classes and Samurai.

Japanese tattoo Tiger repels evil spirits bad luck and disease.

Also, is that Tiger is related to control of the wind and fall.


It can be represented together with bamboo because it is said that the Tiger is the only animal capable of penetrating this vegetation. Thus, this combination is related to the weak helping the Fort.

Tiger along with a dragon is also usually represents: the first drives away the bad and the second brings good luck.



snake is another iconic Japanese tattoo designs.

It is a symbol protection against bad luck and disease, and also represents prosperity and wisdom.

Like dragons, it is associated with the water and they can be different colors to emphasize different characters.

The Japanese tattooo, shows the snake, perhaps encircling a gem or in opposition to a tiger or a warrior.


In this (curing) tattoo made by Jaume we see a tiger and a snake in opposition.



CARP contains a very deep and rich in the Japanese tattoo meaning.

CARP or Koi Fish were brought to Japan from China, and were domesticated so they lived in ponds and had colors bright.

A myth speaks of how a tent that, swimming against the current, managed to trace a waterfall . As a reward, the gods turned it into a dragon.

Therefore generally the meaning related to the CARP has to do with overcoming obstacles the transformation and ambition.

Depending on if the tent is looking up or down on the design, can mean different things. Tents can also be of different colors (red, white, black…).






Another of the traditional designs in the Japanese tattoo has to do with the goldfish .

Smaller than the tents, the goldfish work very well as elements in the Japanese tattoo.

They are usually related to a life of abundance and harmony.


Design of goldfish by Jaume Viladoms by cherry blossoms



The peonies are one of the main reasons in the traditional Japanese tattoo. It’s a flower associated with abundance good fortune and prosperity.


He is a very versatile design for many parts of the body, allowing its leaves and petals that the design is adaptse to Anatomy perfectly.

They operate in Japanese tattoo in red or pink and may appear as a single element, or within a larger composition.






Another typical Japanese tattoo flowers is the cristantemos . It relates to the Chrysanthemum autumn, perfection and longevity.

The Chrysanthemum in Japanese tattoo is represented with a multitude of petals that curve towards the Center.


The design, like the rest of the Japanese tattoo flowers, works very well both as loose piece inside a project most large.

In the latter case, it is common that the flower appears on a background of wind or water.

cherry blossoms

cherry flowers are very deeply rooted in the Japanese tradition five petaled flowers.

These trees flowering is an event every year in spring in Japan and this flower also has a gap between traditional Japanese tattoo designs.

The cherry blossom can be considered as a symbol of life itself: beautiful but with a duration short and destined to die.

It’s a small flower in comparison with the rest of traditional Japanese tattoo flowers.

Generally it relates with other elements of the spring, and places it on a background of water or wind, that moves it.

The Lion


Lions or leon-perro in Japan have the Mission of care -Shinto, Buddhist temples and sometimes also of the tombs. It is also common to find them next to peonies or waterfalls.

It is an animal that is not native to Japan and its image must be imported through works of art.



Open-mouthed, represent the ferocity to drive away evil spirits while maintaining the closed mouth to be good spirits.

In addition, also associated with babies : sometimes it has tattooed a lion in the belly of pregnant women to protect the baby.

The background in the Japanese tattoo



Japanese tattoo projects incorporate symbols such as those described above as major elements.

tattoo Fund, you can choose different elements, which tend to be water or clouds.


clouds are one of the recurring motifs in the Japanese tattoo. They may you have religious connotations, symbolizing the divine authority, or serve simply as pictorial background.

water, on the other hand, is represented by waves or sinuous lines, leaving room for other elements such as plants or rocks.

Water holds great symbolism in Japan: waterfalls are very abundant in Japan and they are considered sacred.

Chrysanthemums, the cherry blossoms and the peonies are usually represented floating in the water.

Aizkora Tattoo: Japanese Tattoo in Pamplona

In Aizkora Tattoo we can advise you on the Japanese tattoo in Pamplona.

Jaume Viladoms specialises in Japanese tattoo in Pamplona and can advise you on the choice of your piece or tattoo project.

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