get wrapped up in Japan's oldest menswear! Fundoshi (褌) is a simple length of fabric worn as a loincloth in Japan for over 1,200 years. 褌を締めてかかる
Very Hot pictures indeed! The white fundoshi gives a great contrast, against the color of the tatoos.
So HOT! Inked and wrapped in white fundoshi . . .
As much as I love the ink and the fundoshi, I'd like to see how the ink was brought in around front and back. I'm curious if there are just blank spots or if the art continues as far as it can. This isn't for me but I can certainly appreciate the beauty of this intricate skin art as well as the commitment required by artist and human canvas. There is a lot of pain involved over a period of years to achieve this.
The traditional bodysuit leaves a central strip running from the neck all the way round to the tailbone, and while there is tattooing on the outsides of the buttocks, not between the cheeks or on the genitals (unless someone is a seriously hardcore individual and wants to get their junk tattooed >_< ) Other traditional blank areas are arm pits, and 'V' shapes on the insides of the upper arms and thighs. These areas are traditionally either left blank, or reserved for 'private tattoos' (I forget the specific Japanese term) and these are for designs of a more personal nature, intended only to be viewed by the person's most intimite of friends and family and can include small shunga designs. The 'private tattoos' for my bodysuit are as follows: Inner right arm - Arabic text reading 'Jihad'(strive/struggle), Inner left arm - Japanese kanji reading 'giri'(burden of obligations) These contrasting texts serve to compliment one another, and create the reminder that one needs to strive/struggle to maintain one's obligations. Inner left thigh - Japanese kanji reading 'aniki'(Yakuza slang for 'brother') Inner right thigh - Japanese kanji reading 'ai shimai'(translated to mean 'beloved sister') With regards joining the front panals to the back piece, on my right side is a series of Japanese kanji reading 'ikijigoku'(Hell on Earth) and on my left side, is a Chinese character meaning Protection. Beneath it, in time, will be bamboo reeds with kanji for children's names. As you say, the process can take years, and one which I am only just beginning...
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