Do you think tattoo is art? I know it is a very controversial topic for us. My Texan friend and I discussed it a couple of weeks ago. While he showed me some very artistic tattoos, he said that if he would have a tattoo, he wanted to have a Japanese tattoo. When I listened to his story, I imagined that he became a Japanese mafia, something called ” Yakuza “. ( I am very sorry, Matt, lol )
In my country many people have very strong negative feelings to tattoos. Having tattoos is not cool here. If people have tattoos, they cannot enter public bathes, summing pools, sports gyms, and they cannot show their skins on the beaches. Tattoo is taboo in Japan.
We don’t want to hung out with people who have tattoos, especially Japanese type tattoos. It means they are related to Yakuza ( Japanese mafia ). In the Edo era because of distinguishing normal citizens, criminals had a specific mark on their arms. They were so-called tattoos.
However, it is becoming more popular to have one point Western tattoo among young Japanese people. I guess, since Japanese society is very conservative, even if it is becoming a bit of popular, it is still difficult for us to accept it.
Since I was a child, I am used to the thought that tattoo is taboo, even if I look at very artistic tattoos, I cannot think that it is beautiful.
On the other hand, when I was eating curry with my Michigan friends, Gay and Bas in America, we also discussed tattoo. We enjoyed talking about the topic loudly, a man who has a lot of tattoos on his body joined our conversations. He told us that he had many cool tattoos in Japan. I was shocked! I didn’t know that we have such a business for people from over sea. He also said that in Western culture, Japanese tattoo is so unique. The designs are cool, and in addition the colors are brighter than Western tattoo. After lunch, Bas took Gay and me to a book store to show many tattoo magazines. I was also shocked because there are so many tattoo magazines in America. It was a part of American culture. I still couldn’t tattoo was art.
My Texan friend also said the same things to me. Although I thought for Western people it is kind of ” the grasses always seems greener on the other side of the fence “, what do you think about that? I think if we cant find beauty in the art, we cant call the think as art. Art gives us inspiration, and we appreciate it, admire it and we are inspired by it. I think that is art. So, I cannot appreciate tattoo. What do you think about tattoo is art?