Like other traditional tattoo designs, traditional snake tattoos are made with multicolored ink and have a vibrant appearance. Snakes are one of the most revered reptiles in the Japanese culture with snake tattoos commonly standing for the healing or regenerative qualities of life.
Snake tattoos are very popular among girls and women with the shoulder, foot, back and waist being the most common spots to get these tattoos.
The skull and snake tattoos carry similar meaning like other skull tattoo designs as they often stand for danger, death and decay. A snake coiled around a dagger is an ancient symbol with the tattoo representing the fighting spirit and agility of the wearer. In addition to the earlier mentioned meanings, a rattle snake tattoo may symbolize death and transformation.
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This tattoo by Shige is also in the back piece special issue, we have currently voted number one! When not Travelling, I am mainly in Miyazaki but am also available for some appointments in Tokyo on Request. The reptiles are believed to be sacred in a number of ancient cultures, such as the Africans and Native Americans. Pointed horns, Scary eyes and teeth, and the expression all exhibit the full wrath, anger and resentment of her nature. On a side note, many people asked me to buy some of the designs that are displayed on this site.
Snake tattoos can stand for anything starting from evil, danger and cruelty to knowledge, wisdom, patience and fertility. The origins of hannya masks may have come from early snake masks but most likely the image was taken from painted hand scrolls of stories and legends of the Muromachi period.
Even to this day, in Japan, a hand gesture of two index fingers sticking up from a man’s forehead is an indication that his wife is mad at him or jealous.


Its is not always possible, but you are welcome to submit your questions as I do have some originals and some scans available. These tattoos can be sported by both men and women as they have various masculine as well as feminine qualities.
For example, a more reddish color indicates strong resentment and anger and is used in such plays as Dodoji and Kurozuka, whereas a paler color would be more appropriate for Aoi-no-ue.
She turns into a demonic serpent who wraps her body around the temple bell consuming it and the priest in the process.



Temporary tattoo with pen and hairspray
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