The themes and subjects are often those of the more common Asian tradition, including animals such as felines, birds of prey, and flowers such as chrysanthemums and peonies.
But alongside these subjects often appear faces of demonic women marked by bloodshot eyes, green snake-like skin and nails as long as claws.
Or backpieces in which the main subject, a dragon, a samurai, the head of a tiger, are accompanied by an articulate background focused on making the main subject even more powerful and important.
It is in this way that illustrative Japanese gives its best by combining the grandeur of the Japanese iconography with innovative realistic style elements dictated by the creativity of the tattoo artists who engage in this style.
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