29 Jan 2010

Mask Tattoos


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Mask Tattoos
Mask Tattoos

There are literally thousands of different mask tattoo designs that a person can ink on their body. There are masks that express emotions such as anger, fear, surprise and sadness. There are mask that are of a tribal nature and represent many of the indigenous cultures that exist around the world. And then there are the tattoo mask of the theater. This is represented by the laughing mask and the crying face. But my favorite mask tattoos are the hannya mask that are used in the East.

Hannya mask tattoos are used by traditional Japanese actors who perform in the Noh theater.

The actors in these performances engage in stylized representations of popular and traditional stories. The Noh theater is considered an art form and has been used in Japan since the fourteenth century. The hannya masks are use to convey emotion that the various characters are experience, and there are usually eight or more masks that are used in every performance. The coloring of the masks usually indicate how intense the various emotions are experienced by the characters. Masks that have deeper coloring, represent emotions that are very intense. These make for very beautiful and impressive mask tattoos that allow a person to show their hidden feelings and emotions.