Asian Influence; History fun fact Vol. 16

Asian Influence; History fun fact Vol. 16
January 07
14:16 2018

Asian Influence; Started in High Place:

Asian influences are very easy to spot, in the modern tattoo culture in the west. Every other guy and gal, seems to have a koi carp, a lotus or a dragon tattoo etc. Some people even look at these type of tattoos, as kind of fashion plagued and very common. They are seen as something especially working class men might get, or just macho men etc.

But the trend with finding inspiration in the east, for tattoos. Started way earlier than most people know and in a place most people would never think off. Already back in the 19th century, the Asian influence when it comes to tattoos, grabbed the aristocracy and the rest of high society. We even saw it on kings such as Frederik the 9th of of Denmark and George V of England.

It happened after Japan opened its borders to foreigners in 1854, people started to gain knowledge about the mysterious land of the rising sun. Which also included knowledge about their beautiful tattoo art. The quality of their art and tattooing, was at a level not previously known in the west, so the high society of the west were quite taken with it. Which happened, despite the stigma existing in the west and the stigma, and criminality of tattoos, in Japan.

Final Comments:

So the high society, even royals and aristocrats, got tattooed in secret. Only sharing their work with each other, so as to not compare themselves with common-folk below their stature. It is fun to imagine, how the world might have viewed tattoos, had they not kept it secret, that even those at the top of the world back then, love tattoos. Just like it is today. Perhaps the Stigma would have been gone by the 20th century? we may never know.

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About Author



Mads W. K. Masters of science in Sociology (Cand. Scient. Soc.), from the University of Copenhagen, who specializes in embodiment sociology, but especially in tattoos and tattoo culture etc.

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