From anime girls to abstract shapes, Japanese tattooing has changed. Or has it?
The 2016 Rio Olympics are underway, and athletes from around the globe are competing for gold. Many of those Olympians are inked, as are those spectators who have flocked to the games. All are giving hope to those who want Japan, host of the next Summer Games, to become more open-minded about tattooing.
Right now, there are some people in Japan who appear to be doing their best to kill off tattoos. This guy is one of many who wants to stop that.
Last year, 15 million people visited Japan, setting a new record. Millions more are expected. Many foreigners, eager to see the sights and spend cash, are tattooed. Most Japanese are not. This is where things get problematic.
A few days into 2016, we’ve already got frontrunners for “questionable choice of the year.” Hey, at least it’s hilarious.
Hot springs and public pools in Japan have long denied people with tattoos. But now it’s 2015. The future! Are attitudes in Japan changing? Some are, but in one recent poll, the majority’s opinion has not.
When this dude asked for a God of War tattoo, starring the series' muscle-bound hero Kratos, he was probably hoping for an effect that looked something like this.
Michael Baxter, an Australian prison guard, has more Simpsons characters tattooed on his body than I can either remember or recognise.
Some of the best athletes in the world are facing off at this year's World Cup. Shame that a couple of them are sporting some rather interesting, if not unfortunate, Japanese and Chinese tattoos.
When not watching one of the most boring World Cup matches in recent memory, Japanese soccer fans were watching the tattoo on the arm of Greece's Theofanis Gekas. The tattoo fail, that is.
There are Zelda fans, and then there are Zelda fans. Chrisaixa is a Zelda fan.
Now that's a video game tattoo done right. Dhalsim from Street Fighter, becoming one with its owner's leg. Hopefully it looks just as cool from angles other than the one in the photo.
Public pools. Gyms. Resorts. It's common to see "no tattoos allowed" signs at establishments like this. In Japan, there is certainly a stigma towards tattoos. But why?
Chinese characters are beautiful. That's perhaps why many Westerners find the notion of the script etched on their bodies so appealing. If only they could read the tattoos!
As far as video games that would inspire a video game tattoo, Papo & Yo seems like an unlikely one, right? As moving as it is, Minority Media’s digital release is built on one man’s childhood, specifically the abuse he suffered at the hands of his alcoholic dad. It is an undeniably sad game. But, despite that, one…
This is Charles Wheeler's right arm. In case you can't tell, he loves video games.
A reader sent us in this pic of their "middle-aged boss'" tattoo. His name is Jim, apparently, which I guess is short for Dovahjiim? Note that's Dovahjiim, the Dragon Middle-Aged Man, not Dovahkiin, the Dragonborn.
For tonight's "I can't believe someone actually did this but it's kinda great that they did" item, witness this lady, who covered her back in a tattoo normally only found on Jack, a tattoo-covered star of Mass Effects 2 & 3.
Issa, an artist at French tattoo studio Tin-Tin Tatouages, is to thank for this mind-blowing Pokémon sleeve, which covers this dude's entire arm with basic critters like Pikachu, Psyduck and...Bearwithguitaremon.
Last June, the brother-in-law of reader Taylor was tragically killed in action while serving in Afghanistan. He had been due in September to return home and join Taylor in getting tattoos.