Namakubi tattoos are one of the most popular and recognizable motifs in Japanese tattooing.
Namakubi are severed heads, usually fresh, and sometimes impaled on stakes, arrows, or swords/knives.
Namakubi can have a number of different meanings including respect for the enemy, overcoming a fear, or accepting ones own fate with honour.
In ancient Japanese history, taking the head of ones enemy is the ultimate sign of respect and honour. It is also a representation of life’s full circle coming to an end.
Namakubi are almost always done in a traditional Japanese style, but can also be done in neo Japanese, neo traditional, and American traditional styles.
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