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In modern times, Japanese
tattoos have gone from punishment to prize. The unique style is studies by tattooist of all nationalities.
The word for it is "irezumi," which literally translates "insertion of ink." Though some Japanese tattooists
have adopted the faster, American style of tattooing with and electric machine, it’s traditionally done by
hand. The design is drawn or painted on by the artist, and then the ink is meticulously tapped into the skin
by striking a small, sharp instrument into the flesh with a hammer.
Tattoo Designs is not about stealing other people's art work, contained here in the tattoo designs that we
have gained most inspiration from. However if you are the original artist and hold the copyright to any
of these designs and images and would like 99 Tattoo Designs to delete them, let us know and we will
delete them immediately. Most of the art work has been given to us by piers and due to the wide availability on the
Internet and via e-mail and linking to these pictures, all designs and images on this site are understood to be in
the public domain, and in no way is 99 Tattoo Designs intentionally trying to steal copyrighted art