Adam Hays’ Japanese Pieces

Adam Hays is looking to start some large scale Japanese pieces in the upcoming months.

The ancient cultural significance of Japanese tradition and art is both fascinating, beautiful and worthy of a googling-frenzy, wikidpedia-link-clicking-black-hole research on your part- but for starters we can give you a very short summary.

Arguably among one of the most visually dynamic and aesthetically pleasing styles of tattooing, imagery found in the Japanese style is also inundated with meaning and symbolism. A variety of factors can effect the meaning of the piece- color, positioning, direction, surrounding scenery, and so on.  Some of the commonly found motifs in Japanese imagery include but are not limited to:

  • Ryu (Dragon)
  • Koi Fish
  • Tora (Tiger)
  • Karashishi (Fu Dog/Lion Dog)
  • Oni (Demon)
  • Zugaikotsu (Skull)
  • Hannya (Noh mask)
  • Namakubi (Severed head)
  • Kiku (Crysanthemum)
  • Sakura (Cherry Blossom)

Animals, (both real and mythological) flowers, wind bars & waves are common motifs. Also regularly found are Yokai (monsters) and Yurei (ghosts), and Noh (classical japanese musical drama) masks.

Adam is specifically looking to concentrate on large pieces centered on animals.

You may be familiar with Adam’s unique illustrative style, which he integrates with traditional Japanese style.

You can see more of Adam’s work on his instagram @adamguyhays

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