January 15, 2011

Perceptions of tattoos in modern Japanese society

"Tattoos have long been relegated to the shadows of society. People often connect them to the yakuza and there is an automatic fear against people sporting body art. Public places, including pools, spas and bathhouses, bar tattooed customers."

Source: Tattoo as art on human canvases
Horiyoshi III's 40-year career spanned swing in social attitudes from taboo to hip and trendy
Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010

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