BCM 320 Group Project: Japanese Ink (3)

Rachelle Esaid

FOREIGNER VS LOCAL’S EXPERIENCES WITH TATTOO CULTURE

Summary

In the previous post we discussed the stigmas and taboos surrounding having tattoos and being a tattoo artist in Japan. Now we move onto our next topic, how the Japanese population view having tattoos as a foreigner versus as a local, someone whose ethnicity and nationality both read as Japanese. There are several limitations to having tattoos and performing tattoo artistry in Japan however, with the rise of tattoo tourism/tourism in general in Japan and the current underground market of tattoo parlours. This has impacted both Japanese locals and the foreigners that visit or live there, some of them even vlog and write about their experience with tattooing or having tattoos in Japan, which will be explored shortly. We established that Japanese people with tattoos often cover up in public spaces and sacred spheres, this is the same for foreigners. But the…

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