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Old 26-07-2006, 02:19 PM   #1
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Question Rules of Japanese Traditional Tattooing?

A member on my Inkednation group posted this question based on a comment in an online article by Kazuo Oguri:

From http://tattoos.com/tebori-oguri.html
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"The untrained tattooists draw a snake and cherry blossoms, but this is a wrong way in tradition. When cherry trees begin to bloom in March in Japan, the snake still hibernates under the ground. So the snake and cherry blossom cannot be seen in the same period. In other words, it does not make any sense if the snake and cherry blossoms are drawn together."

GroupMember: "Horiyoshi III often did snakes and cherry blossums together, look here to this famous site http://www.irezumi.us/eg/hebi.html for those who don't trust me.
Now whats or who is right or tell me please other interpretations, any ideas?
The more i know the more i get confused some times"
I was wondering if any of the experienced artists on here can comment one way or another?

Thanks!

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Old 26-07-2006, 02:42 PM   #2
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im not expirence artist... but you can have what ever u want tattooed on you

tattoo's to me are no rules.. if the tattooist is happy doing it and the warer likes them... thats all that matters.
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Old 26-07-2006, 02:49 PM   #3
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i agree with saturn on this,if you want to be super picky and stay within the rules of a certain style then its up to you,if you want a bloody great massive cartoon snake with cherry blossoms all over it then so be it! i certainly wouldnt call horiyoshi III untrained! like what saturn said if the wearer and the artist are happy with it then who cares?
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you could have a great big dog turd with cherry blossom floating by

fair enough all the dogs get eaten in asia but if it looks good then who cares?
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Old 26-07-2006, 02:54 PM   #5
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i think something to consider is that all these fables are mythical.........so not really governed by the rules of nature.

anyway, you know my opinion, i told you at Derby.......get what you want where you want and never feel you should justify it to anyone..........

but as you are personally extremely interested in the symbolism and the tradition, perhaps you will choose to follow the "rules".

i say, get a chicken!
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Old 26-07-2006, 02:55 PM   #6
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i'm interested in a chicken themed cock sleeve, paula, do you know anyone good at chicken tattoos?
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can probably fit you in on saturday, if we don't go to Frith Street.
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fucking sweet!
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didnt know you could tattoo chicken that small to fit
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there is a pub in my home town called "the fighting cocks"
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