This Japanese Demon Tattoo is referred to as a Hannya mask.
The tattoo took 3 hours from start to finish.
This is just one piece of an ongoing sleeve project.
Canman enjoys designing asian themed tattoos.
Canman used contrasting color to make the Japanese Demon Tattoo more dynamic.
The use of bold colors are his trademark.
Canman has collected a large library of references on Japanese, Thai, Indian and Balinese imagery.
18 books in this collection was purchased during a recent trip to Japan.
In addition, Canman has photos of statues and woodcarvings that makes for great reference.
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About Hannya masks
The Hannya mask portrays the souls of women who have become demons due to obsession or jealousy.
The Hannya mask is said to be demonic and dangerous.
In addition, it’s also sorrowful and tormented, displaying the complexity of human emotions.
The oldest Hannya mask is dated 1558.
Hannya masks appear in various skin tones.
A white mask indicates a woman with a refined character (such as the aristocratic Lady).
A red mask depicts a less refined character (like the spirit of peasant girl).
The darkest red depicts true demons.