Reviewed & updated: October 25, 2022 by Jamie Wilson BA
Looking for mind-blowing hikae tattoo ideas? Look no further as we bring you the top hikae tattoo ideas, curated just for you!
Tattooing is an ancient art form in Japanese culture.
Hikae tattoos have been a very famous design, popularized by yakuza tattoo depictions in movies.
The Japanese tattooing culture dates back to the Edo Period and the modern-day Japanese tattoo styles have evolved from then. The Japanese word hikae is a blanket term for any tattoo that covers the pectoral muscles and extends as a half or full sleeve arm tattoo. Traditional tattooing in Japan includes themes of mythical gods, beautiful flowers, and ornamental designs. A typical hikae tattoo is large in size and demands multiple sessions to complete the tattoo. Although tattoos are seen as taboo in Japan and you can be prohibited by the Japanese government and people to enter certain places (hot springs and public beaches) if you have tattoos. If you looking for such amazing tattoo designs, this article is aimed at easing your decision-making process for getting the hikae tattoo of your dreams!
Hikae Upper Arm Sleeve Tattoo
This traditional Japanese tattoo has floral and elements along with a woman wearing traditional clothing. Such Japanese tattoo elements are very common. The artist has perfected hikae tattoo designs as the work looks really neat and detailed. The half sleeve design makes this a great tattoo to show off by wearing a t-shirt. A great Japanese flower tattoo sleeve for your body if you are looking for hikae Japanese tattoo designs to get inked on your skin.
Oni Hikae Chest Tattoo
Onis are demons, ogres, or trolls in the Japanese folk culture and are an integral part of Japanese art. This chest panel tattoo features the portraits of Oni. The hikae tattoo extends to the arms as half sleeve tattoo with floral elements in a dark background, as per tradition. The tattoo looks very cool and you can definitely expect eyeballs on you the moment you walk into any room flaunting this hikae chest panel tattoo. This is a great hikae tattoo sleeve for your body if you are a fan of Japan and its culture.
Full Sleeve Hikae Arm Tattoo
This colorful hikae full sleeve tattoo gives the vibe of Asian gangsters that are portrayed in Hollywood movies. The bold lines, colorful elements, and big eye-catching designs are the usual characteristics of such Japanese sleeve tattoo designs. The level of detail is staggering and we can feel the pain that the client underwent to get this done. A great hikae chest panel tattoo if you decide to get a badass Japanese hikae tattoo sleeve on your body.
White Tiger Hikae Arm Tattoo
Hikae Japanese tattoo ideas are usually vibrantly colored, providing a stark contrast to the elements. This particular tattoo uses negative space to accommodate a white tiger the in hikae tattoo design. The fierce expression of the tiger gives this tattoo a masculine look. The flowers on the shoulder around the tiger and on the chest add a colorful burst to this hikae Japanese tattoo. A great half sleeve hikae Japanese tattoo design for your body!
Raijin and Fujin Hikae Tattoo
Raijin is the Japanese god of thunder, and Fujin is the Japanese of wind. The left arm is dedicated to Fujin, hence you can see the wind bars style tattoo on the left arm and you can see lightning bolts in the other arm as it is dedicated to Raijin. The iconic Japanese weather gods are seen in this complete full sleeve Japanese tattoo. As the gods are represented as dragons, you can see this as a Japanese dragon tattoo sleeve as well.
Traditional Oni Hikae Tattoo
This hikae tattoo covers the chest but doesn’t extend to a half sleeve or full sleeve Japanese tattoo. Oni are demons in the folklore of Japan and this tattoo depicts the terrifying nature of these creatures. The detailing makes it look like woodwork and that gives this tattoo a very unique aesthetic appeal. This style of chest tattoo is also considered a hikae tattoo. If you are not a fan of tattoo sleeves and are looking for a unique Japanese tattoo on your body, this amazing Oni Japanese tattoo is perfect for your skin.
Traditional Japanese Woman Hikae Chest Tattoo
This design is one of the most recognizable tattoo styles originating in Japan. The upper arm half sleeve tattoo extends to the client’s chest and shoulder, making it a hikae tattoo. We love the intricate lines and vibrant colors used by tattoo artist. The classic red and black color contrast is also one of the most recognizable backgrounds and looks really amazing in this half sleeve Japanese tattoo.
Traditional Wave Style Japanese Hikae Tattoo
The Japanese wave-style tattoos are one of the most recognizable tattoos ever, and these are revered in the tattooing community of Japan and the entire world. You will find loads of full-body tattoo ideas of the famous Japanese tattoo waves. We love the black and white color scheme in this hikae tattoo and you can also see a koi fish on the shoulder area of this Japanese tattoo. The tattoo extends to the sleeves as well, making it a proper hikae sleeve tattoo.
Oni Full Chest Tattoo
Oni tattoos are also very predominant in the Japanese tattooing world. If you would like to keep your limbs (arm, thighs, inner thigh) clean or you already have tattoos there, this chest piece is just stunning. Traditional Japanese tattoos like these fetch tattoo clients and artists from all over the planet due to the absolute badass nature of these Japanese tattoos. The session might put you in pain but it is all worth it in the end.
Koi Fish Full Sleeve Hikae Tattoo
Tattoos like this are called chest nagasode. We love the design which is completely mind-blowing. The black and yellow color scheme look very appealing. Koi fishes are This hikae tattoo would require high-quality ink and an experienced tattoo artist to pull it off so we hope you have faith in your favorite tattoo shop! A great beginning to your Japanese tattoo journey.
Summarising this list of hikae tattoo ideas, we’d like to emphasize the cultural and artistic value of these tattoos. They signify many cultural aspects of Japan and are a sign of strength and beauty. Very high-quality ink is required for such tattoos and renowned artists cut no corners in making Japanese hikae sleeve tattoo ideas. If you are looking for such amazing sleeve tattoo ideas, then this list of Japanese hikae tattoos should be right up your sleeve!
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