TEMPORARY TATTOO
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INVISIBLE TATTOOS

Invisible Japanese Yakuza Tattoos
In the “Book of Japanese Symbols” (M. 2003), authorship of the famous Russian orientalist Alexander Meshcheryakov, I came across curious information about the “invisible” Japanese tattoos that had been circulated in the Land of the Rising Sun earlier than the late XIX – early XX centuries. At least Russian anthropologist Maria Mednikova, in her book on body painting “Indelible Signs” (M. 2007), reports that old masters were able to make “invisible” drawings in Japan, probably implying that this art has long been lost or died out in force lack of need for it.

Invisible tattoos are applied to human skin with flesh-colored paint. They become noticeable on the body only during a hot bath (for example, in a bath) or with severe reddening of the skin due to excessive alcohol consumption. This is a feature of the Japanese body – drunken Japanese blush. In the Land of the Rising Sun, the Yakuza bandits (the Japanese mafia) made tattoos mainly, although geisha, artists and firefighters often also had tattoos. Nevertheless, we are unlikely to be mistaken if we assume that the main users of such a sophisticated type of images as “invisible” skin patterns were precisely mafiosi.

But after that another question arises: why did the Yakuza need “invisible” tattoos? After all, the meaning of using “tattoos” in a criminal environment is precisely to convey information to people of your circle (other mafiosi) and suppress the formidable opponents, including objects of crimes or psychological influences (ordinary inhabitants, afraid of professional criminals). An “invisible” drawing, for obvious reasons, does not have such functions, and each time going “to business” is very drunk (so that the ball’s tattoo is visible) is clearly a bad idea.

In the author’s opinion, such a strange tattoos can have only one reasonable explanation. Any large criminal group begins to need “scouts,” that is, people who can, if necessary, get the information they need from the gang, trying not to attract too much attention. Tattoos for “scouts” are a clear unmasking sign, but they don’t want to “go without insignia” either. To resolve this contradiction, the Yakuza found a paradoxical solution in some way – “invisible” drawings on the body. Imagine, in everyday life such a “scout” looks like an ordinary person, but when he takes a bath or drinks alcohol with other “Yakuza” he is transformed due to the fact that previously invisible tattoos appear on his skin, testifying to the merits and rank of its owner in the criminal world .

An even more interesting question: how did Japanese masters manage to make “invisible” images on the body? Maybe they were applied for several sessions immediately after the bath, when the client’s skin was warmed up and body paint was visible during application. Or maybe the best Japanese tattoo artists could create a pattern with invisible ink, keeping it in mind.

Invisible tattoos are applied to human skin with flesh-colored paint. They become noticeable on the body only during a hot bath (for example, in a bath) or with severe reddening of the skin due to excessive alcohol consumption. This is a feature of the Japanese body – drunken Japanese blush. In the Land of the Rising Sun, the Yakuza bandits (the Japanese mafia) made tattoos mainly, although geisha, artists and firefighters often also had tattoos. Nevertheless, we are unlikely to be mistaken if we assume that the main users of such a sophisticated type of images as “invisible” skin patterns were precisely mafiosi.

But after that another question arises: why did the Yakuza need “invisible” tattoos? After all, the meaning of using “tattoos” in a criminal environment is precisely to convey information to people of your circle (other mafiosi) and suppress the formidable opponents, including objects of crimes or psychological influences (ordinary inhabitants, afraid of professional criminals). An “invisible” drawing, for obvious reasons, does not have such functions, and each time going “to business” is very drunk (so that the ball’s tattoo is visible) is clearly a bad idea.

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