Japanese tattoos are one of the most popular styles in tattoo art. But were you aware that every image used in Japanese tattoos has a meaning and purpose? This is one of the reasons that the Japanese tattooing tradition has persisted for so long and has appealed to so many outside of Japanese culture.
The Japanese tiger tattoo carries with it the same traits. We attribute to the real animal–strength and courage, but also long life. The tiger tattoo wards off evil spirits, bad luck, and disease. The tiger is a symbol for both the North and for autumn, they control the wind. They are one of the four sacred animals.