This Japanese tattoo features a beautifully colored phoenix as the designs main component. The phoenix is of symbolic importance to the Japanese, and is a much revered symbol, usually associated with various celestial elements, such as the stars and sun. The Japanese tattoo designs usually like to entwine the phoenix with the dragon, as you can see on many of their tattoos. This also symbolizes yin and yang for the Japanese, mixing the male and female symbols in an interlocking pattern. Now, this Japanese tattoo doesn’t mingle these two elements but I think that if the artist had it would have been an even more spectacular design. I would have included the dragon locked into fierce combat with this mythical bird. That would have been really cool. But, one component that this Japanese tattoo did incorporate was the cherry blossom. From the symbolism of these two elements, I interpret this tattoo to mean one who has fallen but has since risen from the ashes of their own defeat. A nice sentiment for a nice tattoo and one that’s representative of most Japanese tattoos.
Japanese tattoos can provide a design that fits into just about anybody’s personal style. This is to create, in effect a delicate balancing of power with beauty. Usually you see Japanese tattoos with very familiar elements. You might seen various depictions of dragons, carp and even cherry blossoms. And these elements can be fit together in a many different and complex ways. Another popular themes among Japanese tattoos are depictions of great or epic battles. Take this Japanese tattoo as an example. It’s a beautifully inked design and one that is very complex. It appears to show a great battle or struggle and it may have taken it’s roots directly from ancient Japanese fables. This Japanese tattoo goes to show you just how complex and breath taking these designs can be. I especially like the dragon that is nestled in between the two warriors. But, I can’t seem to figure out what the dragon is trying to do. Is it decided the outcome of the battle or simply waiting to see who is the victor. Perhaps the dragon in this Japanese tattoo is waiting to gobble up either warrior. Maybe it’s something that only the bearer or the artist knows the answer to.
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