Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Term Japanese Tattoo

Responding to requests friends about the term Japanese tattoo, I'll try to explain a little about these terms.
  • Irezumi (入れ墨, 入墨, 文身 (also pronounced bunshin), 剳青, 黥 or 刺青): tattoo (noun or verb)
  • Horimono (彫り物, 彫物, literally carving, engraving): tattoo. This is another word for traditional Japanese tattoos.
  • Horishi (彫り師, 彫物師): a tattoo artist.
  • Bokukei, bokkei (墨刑): punishment by tattooing.
  • Tebori (手彫り, literally to carve by hand): describes the technique of tattooing by hand.
  • Hanebori (羽彫り, literally to carve with a feather): a hand-tattooing technique employing a feathering motion.
  • Tsuki-bori (突き彫り): a hand-tattooing technique employing a thrusting motion.
  • Kakushibori (隠し彫り, literally hidden carving): tattooing near the armpits, the inside of the thighs and other "hidden" body areas. Also refers to the tattooing of hidden words, for example among the petals of flowers.
  • Kebori (毛彫り): the tattooing of fine lines or of hair on tattooed figures.
  • Sujibori (筋彫り): outlining, the outline of a tattoo.
  • Shakki: the sound needles make when they puncture the skin.
  • Irebokuro (入れ黒子): from ire or ireru, which means to insert, and bokuro or hokuro, a beauty spot
  • Yobori: "Yo" (European) tattooing. The Japanese-English slang term for tattooing done with the machine.
  • Sumi (墨): The ink used to tattoo, traditionally mixed by the apprentice
  • Hikae: Chest panel tattoo
  • Nagasode (長袖): Arm tattoo, to the wrist
  • Shichibu (七分): Tattoo 7/10ths of the sleeve to the forearm
  • Gobu (五分): Tattoo 5/10ths of the sleeve to above the elbow
Examples of Japanese Tattoo:

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