The Most Beautiful Geisha Tattoos
The beautiful Geisha!
She has become such an easily recognized part of Japanese culture due to her vibrant reds, and her whitened face and stark black hair. She is a symbol of intrigue and beauty. In traditional Japanese culture she is known as a living work of art….perhaps most appropriate for us people who love tattoos! She is the ultimate in beauty, composed and outwardly without emotions.
She underwent years of training as an apprentice to become a Geisha. In Western society we hold a great fascination for the mystery and the poise of the Geisha – in Japan she is still a great attraction to the thousands of tourists who flock there.
As a tattoo, she has many possible meanings. She is a symbol of the body as a work of art, or a symbol of beauty, or a symbol of mystery and untouchable desire. Geisha women were well educated and well-rounded in their knowledge, so she could also be seen as a symbol of intelligence. She is often pictured holding an umbrella or a fan or a musical instrument to represent her mystery and skills.
A black work geisha tattoo seems a little out of whack at first, until you get your eyes on the beauty of this work. The fan, the integration with the other work – it’s stunning.
Another black work geisha, as eye catching as the last. The interest in this tattoo is aided by the down cast eyes of the geisha, and the background of other symbols of Japan. A tattoo that is as busy as it is beautiful.
For a subject like a geisha, which is so dramatic, why stop at a tiny tattoo? This full back tattoo dramatically represents the body as art. The color and the detail are unforgettable.
Now, here’s a tattoo that’s just plain graceful! Elegant! Sophisticated!
You know, there is not much more striking than a red and black tattoo. But you
combine it with such a well-crafted design and it’s positively breath taking.
Another black and red tattoo, this one with a completely different, but as effective, feel to it. It’s a blend of the macabre and the beautiful, extremely dramatic.
Don’t the colors and beauty of the Geisha lend themselves to a full sleeve?
Another colorful and effective geisha, well positioned along a torso. It’s a great spot…
As is this ripper. The size of the tattoo really does lend itself to the larger body parts, the torso, the back, the thigh.
Now, this one is simply gorgeous. The red sun and red lips of the geisha provide a contrast with the black detail. Nice!
Another stunning sleeve, appropriate for either a man or a woman.
A smaller design than those we’ve been looking at – but still inviting. The placement in this case is very clever, as it will allow the wearer to ‘fill in’ the rest of her sleeve as she sees fit.
Again, a touch of the macabre, here. Still the traditional kimono and the red silk, and the umbrella, but the beauty of the geisha herself has faded somewhat 😉
What a contrast with the tattoo before this one! Same color scheme and subject matter but quite a dramatic difference.
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