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 Continue reading