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The Wild Symbolism Behind Japanese Hannya Tattoos

If you’re intrigued by the terrifying and dark allure of Hannya mask tattoos, you’re not alone! Hannya masks have remained incredibly popular within all styles of tattooing thanks to their rich history and deep symbolism.

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At first glance, you may assume that the Hannya mask only represents evil or demonic forces, but the underlying story of the Hannya is actually rife with sorrow and tragedy. If you have yet to explore the Hannya’s meaning, read along we unravel this mysterious symbol and review its historical use.

What is the Meaning of a Hannya Tattoo?

Traditionally, Hannya tattoos mainly symbolize a jealous woman in demon form, but they actually possess many meanings. Just as the design of the mask displays various emotions depending on the angle it’s viewed from, even surrounding motifs may give clues as to deeper meaning. Listed below are the most popular meanings behind Hannya mask tattoos.

Top Hannya Tattoo Meanings

Betrayal and Jealousy

One of the most common meanings behind Hannya mask tattoos is that they represent feminine anguish and rage. This interpretation stems from the historic usage of Hannya masks in Japanese performance art, like the noh and kyogen Japanese traditional theatre plays, and Shinto Kagura ritual dances. When a female character was deeply betrayed and found herself becoming obsessive or jealous, the Hannya mask was worn to showcase the internal change that had occurred, typically as a result of a husband’s infidelity or betrayal.

Good Luck

Another popular meaning behind Hannya tattoos is that they may be used as a symbol to promote good luck and ward off evil. In Japan, Hannya masks have been used throughout history as powerful talismans against negative energies, persons, and spirits. Whether hanging in the home or found on a keychain, Hannya masks are believed to protect their owners from misfortune and help generate beneficial circumstances.

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Wisdom

The Japanese word Hannya means wisdom, so if you are hoping to achieve a higher perspective in matters of love and the heart, the traditional Japanese Hannya tattoo is an excellent choice.

Protection from the Past

The Hannya mask tattoo is said to provide protection against the past repeating itself. The Hannya mask can also be used to represent a painful or traumatic memory that haunts you, but which has also passed on a powerful lesson. In this way, Hannya tattoos can be used to symbolize overcoming difficult times in life, while protecting the wearer from enduring similar struggles again.

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Unforgiving Person

The traditional Hannya tattoo has long been used by members of the Japanese Yakuza gang to symbolize that the wearer is unforgiving and without mercy.

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Evil

When a Hannya mask tattoo is created using red ink it symbolizes the concept of pure evil. In traditional Japanese storytelling, if a woman’s Hannya mask turns red, it is used to showcase that she has completely given in to her dark side, fully transitioning into a demonic entity. People who wear the red Hannya tattoo may be trying to communicate that they have gone too far down a dark path.

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Passionate Lover

The Hannya traditional tattoo can be used to represent a woman who is a passionate lover, possessing an all or nothing attitude in romantic relationships. It can also be used to signify a past failed relationship, unrequited love, or betrayal.

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Judge of Good and Evil

The Hannya mask is the female version of the oni mask, which represents a traditional Japanese male demon. In the Buddhist religion, the oni are believed to originate from evil persons who have died and found themselves within the realms of hell. These truly evil persons are transformed into oni, creatures that take pleasure in punishing other evil humans through torture. According to the Buddhist belief, oni are only born from the most sadistic souls and those who are not quite as evil become the oni’s tortured prisoner in hell. Traditional Japanese folklore speaks of how the evilest humans sometimes transformed into oni while still alive, and that this occurrence is what lies behind some of the most shocking and terrible human behavior.

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Tormented Souls

The Hannya begins as a woman who is drowning in sadness but ends as a demon who has been consumed by jealousy, bitterness, and resentment. This makes the Hannya mask tattoo a great symbol for unresolved pain or emotional instability.

Noh Theater

For those that love plays, or who work in the performing arts themselves, a Hannya tattoo may be a perfect way to represent your love for the traditional Japanese theatre, Noh. Full of drama as well as incredible costumes and character, a Noh mask will certainly have a powerful presence on your skin!

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What is the Meaning of Hannya?

The word hHannya means wisdom or higher levels of consciousness according to Japanese Buddhism. The word Hannya is believed to have originated from the name Hannyabô after the artist who carved the original Hannya mask.

What is the Difference between Hannya and Oni?

Hannya masks differ from oni masks in that Hannya’s represents female demons in Japanese storytelling, while oni masks represent masculine demons.

Hannya’s are created when a woman is betrayed and overcome by emotions of jealousy, obsession, and sadness. When her heartache transforms into bitterness and resentment, the woman is said to lose herself and morph into a Hannya, or female demon.

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In contrast, oni are created when purely evil men die and enter the realms of Buddhist hell. These thoroughly evil souls are transformed into creatures called oni who are violent and monstrous servants of Lord Enma, the ruler of hell. When humans die who are not quite as evil as the oni, the oni dole out their punishment in hell in the form of continuous physical torture.

What is the Story of Hannya?

The story of the Hannya mask originates from Japanese noh and kyōgen theater shows, which were musical style plays that featured stories from Japanese folklore. The Hannya mask represents a woman’s descent from jealousy and sadness into bitterness and resentment, a process that is believed to transform a woman into a female demon, otherwise known as a Hannya.

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In plays and performance art depicting scorned women, Hannya masks were used to represent when the character had lost control of herself and succumb to her anger and madness. Depending on the color of the mask used, the Hannya could represent different things. For example, a white Hannya mask denoted aristocratic status, while red represented a lower-class person or evil, and black or very dark shades signified a demon.

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One of the most famous plays featuring the Hannya mask is the story of Prince Genji, a man who cheated on his wife with an obsessive and jealous mistress. When Prince Genji’s wife becomes pregnant he begins to ignore his mistress and attempts to cut ties with her. The mistress becomes overwhelmed with rage and jealousy and transforms into a demon. In her demonic state, the mistress possesses Prince Genji’s wife and eventually kills her.

Why Do People Get Hannya Tattoos?

Hannya mask tattoos can have many varied meanings depending on the wearer. Most view a Hannya tattoo design as a symbol of good luck, a talisman against evil and negativity, and a reminder to be wise in your romantic dealings. Outside of these meanings, people also use Irezumi Hannya tattoos as emblems of unresolved emotional pain, evil, and protection from the past.

Do Hannya Tattoos Have to be Japanese Style?

Though many love the look of traditional Irezumi style Hannya tattoos, it’s important to know that this design works well in a wide array of styles. Hannya black and grey tattoos have remained a popular selection, as well as Traditional style Hannya’s, Blackwork Hannya’s, painterly Neo-Traditional style Hannyas, and minimalist Hannyas.

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Best Placements for Hannya Tattoos

Hannya Hand Tattoo

Hannya hand tattoos are an excellent choice for those interested in a powerful and high-visibility piece. The shape of the design works perfectly in the space of the hand and makes for a strong statement piece.

Hannya Forearm Tattoo

Hannya forearm tattoos work perfectly as stand-alone pieces or as the beginning of Japanese tattoo sleeves!

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Hannya Leg Tattoo

Hannya leg tattoos work wonderfully on the hip, thigh, calf, or ankle. Thanks to the space provided by the legs, Hannyas can easily be paired with additional design elements like the popular Hannya and snake tattoos, or geisha Hannya tattoo designs.

Hannya Back Tattoo

For those interested in large-scale Hannya designs, Hannya back tattoos and Hannya full back pieces can be an ideal selection. Oftentimes elements like Japanese lettering, smoke, clouds, flowers, and snakes are incorporated into these detailed designs.

Hannya Chest Tattoo

Hannya chest tattoos are a great choice for those who would prefer a more large-scale, detail-oriented piece. Oni Hannya chest tattoos are also popular, as they work to represent both the male and female demons.

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Oni Mask Tattoos

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In monotheistic cultures, there are only so many figures we can turn to for examples of right and wrong.

There is a standard God-like figure with a legion of angels, and a mirror-image menacing figure with his teammates.

It’s rare to find much excitement outside of that when portraying legendary religious stories in art.

Polytheistic cultures, on the other hand, have a whole cast of interesting characters to choose from.

This is perhaps why the whole Western world has such a love affair with belief systems from faraway lands.

Japanese folklore is admired worldwide for its beautiful artwork, exciting imagery, and a variety of mystical figures to learn about.

In the tattoo world especially, these ancient belief systems provide an endless well of inspiration to draw from.

When worn respectfully and for the right reasons, the mythical creatures in Japanese folklore can make for some gorgeous pieces.

Oni Mask Origins

Speaking of respectfully wearing a tattoo, one of the more popular designs for Japanese tattoos is the Oni Mask tattoo.

If you are not from a Japanese background, you may understand the Oni best as “beasts”

It is important to respect and understand the Oni before you rush out and get a tattoo of one, for a couple of key reasons:

These characters are notoriously tricky and will think nothing of messing with someone they see as a gullible human.

Whether or not you believe in the things that go bump in the night, you may want to be on the safe side here.

Oni Masks have roots in the Hindu-Buddhist belief system.

While Eastern cultures may look different today than they did when the Oni was first written about, they are still widely practiced throughout the world.

Something that you see as a fun design may have deep meaning to someone else.

For someone to flippantly wear a sacred symbol without any regard for the people who practice that doctrine can be very hurtful.

But that doesn’t mean an Oni mask tattoo is off the table, it just means you need to do some careful research to decide if an Oni mask tattoo is right for you.

Who are the Oni?

Oni is part of a larger umbrella term known as the Yōkai.

Yōkai is a group of what westerners may call goblins and ghouls.

The word Yōkai is comprised of two parts: alluring chaos and apparition.

There are some members of the Yōkai that are mischievous at best, more like the pixies from the UK.

These characters may find it funny to mess with humans, but they aren’t going to cause any harm.

The Oni figures, on the other hand, don’t mind breaking a few eggs to make an omelet.

So much so that they pop up as villains in many Japanese folk tales- the same way stories from the UK tend to lean on witches as a source of bad.

Oni characters are often thought to be the cause of boutades and reversals.

What do the Oni Look Like?

The Oni figures have a very ogre-like appearance.

Though the origin of ogres is mysterious, it seems every culture has its version of these beastly giants.

The Oni are said to be large, lumbering characters with a stormy nature and slow movement patterns.

There are a few characteristics specific to Oni:

  • Horns on either side of their heads.
  • Red or blue skin, sometimes green or black.
  • Trusty Kanabo (large clubs, sometimes with spikes.)

Oni Masks

Typically when someone gets an Oni tattoo, they get an Oni mask.

These are traditionally carved out of wood and painted in striking colors.

Masks are still very present in Japanese traditions, and generally used in three contexts:

Noh is an ancient form of theatre where actors portray traditional folklore stories through movement.

There is very little dialogue in a Noh production, so actors must move their bodies in ways that make their masks seemingly come to life.

The Oni mask appears as a stock character in Noh theatre, meaning anyone familiar with the shows will recognize it when they see it.

This is similar to sitcoms, where we can pick out who will fall in love, who will have funny blunders, etc.

Oni masks may be worn during Japanese festivals.

The intent behind this is generally to protect yourself, or ward off any Oni who happen to be around!

Before the first day of Spring, there is a Japanese festival called Setsubun wherein children through soybeans out of their window.

They throw the soybeans, they yell “Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!” which roughly translates to “Oni out, blessings in.”

During this festival, parents may dress as Oni to scare the bad spirits away.

Small decorative Oni masks are sometimes sold as necklaces, talismans, or even cell phone charms for good luck and protection.

The Meaning of the Oni Mask Tattoos

Generally, someone who wears an Oni mask on their body has the same intent as someone who wears one on their face: they want to tell everyone not to mess with them!

Oni mask tattoos may be to ward off bad luck or protect you from unseen forces.

Also, an Oni mask tattoo may be a way of confronting your weaknesses or your “shadow side.”

Ask yourself why this tattoo is important to you, and what you hope to gain from wearing it on your body.

Oni Mask tattoos tend to be intricate in their designs and may take up a significant portion of your body.

This is going to be a commitment both financially and in how visible it will be on your body.

Ask yourself if you have personal ties to the Oni Mask, or if there is perhaps something more fitting in your own background.

Oni Mask Tattoo Ideas

In any case, Oni mask tattoos are pretty cool!

Trying to picture what your Oni mask tattoo will look like?

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The Hannya mask originates from Japanese Noh Theatre, pictured above. It represents a jealous female demon. It is characterised by two sharp, bull-like horns, metallic eyes and a leering mouth. The Hannya mask, used in the play, portrays a woman whose soul has become possessed by a demon because of jealousy or obsession. The character wearing the Hannya mask is portraying a demonic and dangerous part in theatre, but at the same time, sorrowful and tormented, displaying the complexity of human emotions. When looking straight on at the mask, it appears angry and frightening, however when tiled down slightly, it can almost look sorrowful, as if its crying.

Hannya masks can come in a variety of colours: a white mask indicates a woman of aristocratic status, a red mask depicts a low-class woman, and the darkest red depicts true demons, the most dangerous characters in the play.

Due to its distinctive and frightening appearance make it one of the most recognisable Noh masks and it is used widely in tattooing to this day. Some see the Hannya mask as a creepy motif for a tattoo, others see it as beautiful. It can be used to represent a dark moment in your life, a haunted past. Check out some of the amazing Hannya mask tattoos our artists have done!

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40 Redoubtable Japanese Mask Tattoos – Designs and Ideas (2020)

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Japanese mask tattoos are among the most popular style when it comes to tattoo art not only in Japan but also other countries. Before you consider the idea of having Japanese tattoo mask, you need to understand that every tattoo has its meaning as well as purpose.

This could be one of the major reasons as to why the tattooing has continued to attract thousands of people outside the Japanese culture.

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If you have been thinking of acquiring a tattoo that will last forever then you should go take time and read the following information carefully so that you do not end up with a tattoo that will make to start regretting a few years down the line.

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History and meaning of mask tattoos

Historically, tattoos began a means of communicating one’s societal status. They also acted a symbol of spirituality to show devotion as well as protect one from evil forces.

With time, the tattoos have changed meaning with many people seeing them as form of punishment as it was in the Roman society where prisoners of war, slaves and criminals were among the people who went for tattoos.

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However, this practice faded only to come back once more a symbol for status. After war world II, the emperor of Japan declared tattoos illegal as a technique to improve on the image of the country.

The criminal element and modern view has seen the emergence of tattoos such as Japanese mafia and Yakuza among others that you may have come across at some point.

Today, people from all over the planet are going for mask tattoos because of the beautiful artistic merits, deeper meaning as well as flowing composition.

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Placement of mask tattoos

Determining the best part of the body to place a tattoos lies with the person who wants to have the tattoo. Unlike other normal tattoos, mask tattoos are likely not to fade even if you expose them to sun or any other element.

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Therefore, choosing for the best part of your body to place mask tattoos needs adequate knowledge and advice from a professional tattooist within. If you want to hide the tattoo then you will have to avoid specific parts of your body. Some of the common areas where you can have a mask tattoo include the following:

  • Upper and lower part of your arm – the arm is one of the right places to have a mask tattoo. You can have it on the upper or lower part of your arm depending on your preference.
  • Shoulders – if you want to conceal your mask tattoos, simply place it on any of your shoulders.

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  • Calves – despite the fact that very few people have a tattoo in the region, you can create a wonderful Oni tattoo on your calves.
  • Lower part of your back– if you work with an organization where tattoos are likely to affect your relationship with your boss then simply have one hidden on the lower part of your back.
  • On your neck beneath your long hair – the area neck region beneath your hair is ideal for mask tattoo that needs hiding.

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Types of Japanese mask tattoos

There are two main types of Japanese mask tattoos that you can go for namely Hannaya masks and Oni mask/ demon mask tattoo

The Oni masks acts a protective symbol for those who believe in the spiritual world. According to tattoo experts, Oni tattoos mean represents devil’s ability to punish any evil or unjust act.

The demonic mask features trolls and ogres among other evil creatures that you may or may not have existed at one time in history. In other words, the tattoo is a representation of evil and good fights.

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The demonic nature of the tattoos makes it tricky for you to determine what you want to depict especially if you are not familiar with tattoos. When you wear a mask of these humanoid demons, it implies that you have taken up their demonic character.

The mask can also connote a sign of growing from strength to strength or beyond humanity.

Despite the fact that many people relate Oni with evil, some of them are good towards human beings and help them during hard times. These masks are commonly associated with Yakuza within the Japanese culture. 

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The Hannaya masks originate from the Kabuki plays that were among the earliest customs within the inhabitants of the country of Japan. The masks are similar to demonic masks that feature a symbol of a woman eaten by rage.

The factor right here is love and many people believe that the tattoo helps in fending off any wicked eye from the life of the person with the tattoo. Most of the people with these tattoos hold the view that the mask shows how fortunate they are in life.

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Although many people view it a sign of evil, the tattoo depicts a theatrical role played by a woman (Hannaya) who decides to act vengefully because of great affection and passion she has towards the love of her life.

The symbol can also mean the dark part of someone who wants to fight for someone without caring about the impact or his or her actions towards other.

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In conclusion, before you think about Japanese mask tattoos; there is need for you to understand their history and meaning. The two main types of mask tattoos from Japan are Hannaya and Oni or demonic mask. Each of them has its mean. Only pick any of them if you are aware of its history and meaning.

You should not go for a tattoo simply because your friend went after one. Some of the tattoos have creatures that you have never seen in life hence getting their meaning requires that you visit someone with adequate knowledge about them. This will help to find out whether you need one or not.

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You need to know the message he or she wanted to pass across. Failure to know the meaning of a particular tattoo will only lead to portraying wrong impression unknowingly. In addition, you should also be aware of the tattoo placement and any risks that come with the process so that you choose wisely.

If you are not sure, we recommend that you seek for advice from three or more tattooists before you make your final decisions.

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Japanese Hannya Tattoos: Origins, Meanings & Ideas

Peony is a tattooed tattoo enthusiast who loves studying and discussing tattoo history and meanings. Japanese themes are her favorite.

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The Hannya is undisputedly one of the more popular subjects used in Japanese-themed tattoos. Designed with devil's horns, somber eyes, and a wide mouth, the mask looks terrifying, formidable, and full of character. Veiled behind that sinister sneer is a fascinating backstory and a couple of interesting tidbits you may not have known.

Hannya Mask Meaning

Note: The Hannya is sometimes confused with oni mask tattoos and kabuki theater face painting. They are closely related but not the same.

History

The Hannya mask is used in Japanese noh and kyōgen theater shows (classical musical performances based on Japanese folklore and the supernatural). The mask represents a tormented female demon overtaken by jealousy and contempt. One of the most popular plays that utilized the Hannya mask tells the story of Prince Genji, who was married to Lady Aoi but had a mistress named Lady Rokujo. When his wife became pregnant, Prince Genji started to ignore Lady Rokujo. As a result, Lady Rokujo turns into a immensely jealous woman and is overcome with violent anger. With blinding rage, she transforms into a demon and possesses the wife and kills her.

Origin of the word "Hannya"

The word Hannya is thought to have come from the artist, Hannyabô, who carved this wooden mask. The design is believed to have been adapted from earlier serpent masks. Another theory is that “Hannya” comes from the word “Paññā/Prajñā” (般若),which means "wisdom" or "higher consciousness" in Japanese Buddhism.

Hannya Mask Tattoo Meaning

Because the mask was traditionally designed to change expressions depending on the angle at which it was viewed, a Hannya tattoo design could represent the different stages of emotion.

  • Anger, Jealousy, Resentment: A Hannya tattoo may indicate that the wearer is unforgiving. It is for this reason that the tattoo is so popular among the Yakuza (the Japanese mafia). A Yakuza member who wears this wants people to know that he shows no mercy and is a formidable force to be reckoned with.
  • Pure Evil: If the mask is painted red, it indicates that the woman has lost control of herself and has turned into a demon completely. Someone who sports a red Hannya mask tattoo has probably gone too far over to the dark side.
  • Passion and Love: The Hannya represents a woman that is overcome with intense and passionate emotions associated with love. The wearer might have had a history of unrequited love or betrayal. A Hannya tattoo could also represent someone who tends to give all of herself in a romantic relationship—all or nothing.
  • Good Luck: In traditional Japanese culture, the Hannya symbol is used as a talisman to scare and ward off evil spirits and to bring good luck. Some superstitious people carry around a miniature Hannya mask on a keychain for protection, so getting a permanent Hannya tattoo on your body is a convenient way to take this talisman with you wherever you go.
  • Judge of Good and Evil: The Hannya is the female version of the Oni (male demon). In Japanese folklore, the Oni punishes people by spreading disease. This may explain why the Hannya mask tattoo is popular among yakuza gang members as they often punish their enemies.
  • Wisdom: Because the word Hannya is a Japanese term for "wisdom," hannya mask tattoos are a reminder to the wearer to be prudent in their romantic relationships.
  • Tormented Female Spirit: The Hannya is a symbol of the human struggle between good and bad—the Hannya is sad but becomes evil when she lets her sadness turn into resentful anger. The mask could be a representation of a woman who is perpetually haunted by emotional conflict.
  • Haunted Past: If you have a memory that haunts you but serves as a valuable lesson, the Hannya tattoo could be a representation of that. Some people also believe that the Hannya could prevent the past from repeating itself. The tattoo could also symbolize a difficult and emotional period in your past that you have conquered.
  • Theater: A performer of traditional Japanese plays might get this tattoo to symbolize their profession and love for theater and Japanese culture.

Hannya Tattoo Colors and Their Meanings

You might have seen the Japanese Hannya mask in different colors.

Color Intensity

One belief is that the deeper the color of a Hannya mask, the angrier or more malicious it’s supposed to be.

  • A Hannya mask with a lighter complexion means that the wearer is not yet a demon. The horns are usually smaller too. A lighter-colored Hannya tattoo means that the wearer is still human but is experiencing turmoil beneath the surface.
  • A darker red represents someone who has already been through a hellish emotional past.
  • A deep dark red is symbolic of someone who is filled with rage and is out for vengeance.

Personally, I don't think the Hannya mask should be limited to just traditional colors. I've seen designs that range from the original white and red to blue, purple, green, yellow, black, or any other hue. The most important thing is that the tattoo conveys the intended mood and fits with the general colors used in the whole tattoo.

Color and Social Hierarchy

If you want a more traditional Hannya tattoo, then the colors can represent social rank.

Hannya Mask Colors and Meaning

ColorStatus

Pale or flesh-tone

Aristocrat/noble

Forehead white; rest of face red

Lower class/commoner

Completely red

True demon/never human

Design Ideas for Hannya Tattoos and Their Significance

Regardless of where your preferred placement is, be it a sleeve tattoo, a back piece, a calf tattoo, or a hikae tattoo, figuring out the complexity of the design will determine the size you should allocate for your ink. To have a very elaborate Hannya tattoo on a small area might cramp the overall design with too many things.

Plan for the components you want and your artist should do the layout for you.

  • Tidal Waves: Like the Hannya, waves are unpredictable. Both the Hannya and the wave can be destructive, but they can also have moments of calm solitude.
  • Chrysanthemums: Flowers are popular designs that are often incorporated into tattoos of this Japanese devil mask. Because this flower blooms in fall, and fall is the season of change, a Hannya chrysanthemum tattoo represents an anguished person who desires to escape their emotional state.
  • Sakuras/Cherry Blossom: Cherry blossoms represent life after death or illness. A Hannya cherry blossom tattoo is symbolic of achieving a better life after dealing with a tormented past.
  • Maple Leaves: Leaves are symbolic of the cycle of life. The maple leaves and the mask could represent someone with an emotional past who hopes for a better future.
  • Snake: This one is popular with the yakuza. In Japanese culture, the snake represents good luck and protection. In Ancient Japanese culture, the snake represented immortality. Hence, a snake Hannya mask tattoo could be a symbol of good luck, or it could mean that the wearer's rage will never die.
  • Skull: The skull is a positive representation of the life cycle. It is usually used to honor the dead. It could also represent the underworld and a demonic life.
  • Koi: Because the koi swims upstream, this fish represents bravery, strength, and determination. Portrayed positively, a Hannya koi tattoo symbolizes bravery in the face of situations that may cause one to become jealous and vengeful. In a more negative light, the koi and Hannya mask could be a sign that the wearer is determined to wreak havoc.
  • Dragon: In Oriental culture, the dragon is a benevolent creature that uses its strength to do good. A dragon tattoo with a Hannya mask symbolizes the struggle between using your power for hateful vengeance and using it to do good.
  • Geisha: The geisha represents feminine power and intrigue. She is an enigmatic entertainment figure and can only be appreciated by certain people; thus she also represents someone who is unattainable. A Hannya mask and geisha tattoo represents a woman who is emotionally complex and unreachable. On a man, this combination could represent a woman in the man's life who has similar traits.
  • Samurai: The samurai is a symbol of strength and discipline, while the Hannya is a symbol of uncontrolled behavior. This is a fascinating contrast of concepts for a tattoo and could represent the eternal struggle between restrained and mindful thinking and untethered emotions that can cause harm.

Interesting Fact

In Asian cultures, many tattooist don't fill in the eyes until the piece is near done (some simply leave it out completely due to spiritual beliefs).They believe that once you 'dot' the eye, the tattoo comes alive.

Hannya Tattoo Styles

Besides traditional Hannya tattoos, which follow the irezumi style, many tattooists are injecting their personal twist. An example shown below preserves many of the Hannya masks' characteristics but also blends the illustrative style of Brothers Grimm's Fairy Tales.

Oni Mask Tattoo vs. Hannya Mask Tattoo

There is some confusion as to the difference between these two Japanese mask tattoos. Both are used in traditional Japanese theater, but the difference is:

  • The oni mask represents a male demon.
  • The hannya mask represents a female demon.

What Does a Hannya Mask Look Like?

The Hannya mask is a compelling sight of disheveled hair, two sharp horns piercing through the temples, huge bulbous eyes, and fangs showing from a gaping mouth split ear to ear. It is the perfect imagery of evil.

In noh theater, the contorted serpent face is to represent demonic feminine jealousy, with the Hannya meaning to show a "half demonic phase", to be followed by a "true serpent" or Shinja (真蛇; 真 - real 蛇 - snake).

Although the mask features a seemingly perpetual scowl, when viewed at different angles, the Hannya shows varied humanized expressions.

  • From the front, it looks menacing and filled with hatred.
  • Tilted at an angle and viewed from the top, it appears forlorn and anguished—almost crying.

These array of emotions reflect the complexities of the human psyche.

The Hannya Mask in Modern Culture

  • Yoshimitsu, from the game Tekken, wears a Hannya mask.
  • In Naruto, the Prajñā Group (Hannya Black Ops) is a part of the Anbu of the Land of Woods. They were eventually annihilated after they betrayed Konona-nin.

Geisha and Hannya Tattoo

The Story of Hannya and Unrequited Love

Legend has it that the Hannya was a beautiful woman who morphed into a grotesque demon due to jealousy, hatred, and vengeance. As they say, "hell hath no fury like a woman scorned."

The most common story is that of a beautiful lady, Kiyohime, who fell deeply in love with a monk. Because she was unable to receive love in return, her heartbreak and negative emotions transformed and contorted her expressions into scary and exaggerated forms. Her painful expression portrayed both rage and misery. The monk was so frightened by her face that he ran towards a shrine and hid under a large prayer bell, which further infuriated the Hannya.

When she found him cowering underneath the bell, she blew fire at it, effectively melting it and burning her lover alive. Her action sealed her own fate as a demon.

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Questions & Answers

Question: What are the ropes on the sides of the Hennya mask? Is it used to tighten the mask?

Answer: The string — sometimes with a tassel attached at the end — is used to tie the Hannya mask around the actor's head in Noh performances. Not all tattoos include the string and it's appearance is in reference to its theatrical association.

Question: Would a tattoo of a broken Hannya mask mean bad luck or control over jealousy?

Answer: To preface: the Hannya mask is a paradox, it is often both positively and negatively associated. This duality means that it can be seen as a good luck totem, but also as evil itself. Another example: a Hannya tattoo can symbolize Prajñā/enlightenment—which transcends the "mundane" mind and talks of awareness and your higher self, but conversely, it can also symbolize "earthly" (aka mundane) human emotions and the lack of discipline to control or release them (jealousy, rage, wrath etc.) The complete opposite of enlightenment.

So to answer your question, it can simply mean either or even both. Yes, it can be seen as bad thing, because it's a lucky totem that broke. Yes, it can be good too, because it shows wisdom over a complex emotion.

My article highlights the many variations and interpretations of the meaning of a Hannya tattoo, however, a tattoo is ultimately, a very personal thing. It's up to you to apply what resonates with your heart the most, I really hope that helped you decide!

Question: Do you have any meaning behind the oni mask?

Answer: Depends on the type of Oni. Oni can mean to represent a male devil, OR demons—as a collective term (just like how yōkai encompasses ghosts, demons and monsters). And there are tons of different kinds of Oni in various shapes and forms, such as: animal-like, trolls and ogres to name a few. If specifically talking about masks, depending on the character, some Oni masks are even considered to be "Gods" beyond demons and used to scare off -other- lesser demons (kind of like an anti-hero). I don't have an article dedicated to Oni yet but may do so in future as there are too many types to cover.

Question: Who is stronger, Hannya or Oni?

Answer: In all honestly, it's never crossed my mind to research that. So I don't have an answer for you, sorry! It would be cool to see a duel though.

© 2015 Peony

Comments

Peony (author) on April 10, 2020:

@ OkieDokieSmokie - Thank you very much, I'm happy that you thought so!

OkieDokieSmokie on April 05, 2020:

So I actually came here to learn more about the Hannya tattoos due to the Yakuza video game - a character has one. This was great information, thank you!

Peony (author) on May 30, 2019:

@ Phil G - That sounds like a special combination! Thank you, I hope my article helped you in some way.

@ Daniel L - Thanks! I'm so glad you liked it, happy inking!

Daniel L on May 29, 2019:

Very very interesting read, liked how you went in depth in the explanations. I’m considering adding a hannya myself.

Phil G on July 29, 2018:

Great article, just got an upper sleeve of a black upstream koi, need to complete the sleeve with a mask

Peony (author) on June 23, 2018:

@ Anahi - The string — sometimes with a tassel attached at the end — is used to tie the Hannya mask around the actor's head in Noh performances. Not all tattoos include the string and it's appearance is in reference to its theatrical association.

Anahi on June 23, 2018:

What does the string mean? It is sometimes blurb or red and it’s always behind the hannya mask or warped around.

Peony (author) on June 10, 2018:

@Sith Lord - You're right! Fixed.

Sith Lord on June 10, 2018:

Its Darth Maul, not Darth Vader

Peony (author) on October 22, 2017:

@ BaelRathLian - Glad that you did! Unlike nautical tattoos, I personally don't think there's any special meaning with regards to the tattoo placement.

Peony (author) on October 22, 2017:

@ L.M. - Hi! Yes, this would be considered to be one — the Hannya is pretty much a female demon.

L.M. on October 22, 2017:

Hi, is this considered a demon tattoo?

Thanks,

lm

BaelRathLian on August 09, 2016:

Loved the article. I am wondering also if it has any meaning with the location you put it? I mean other than the details put into it.

Peony (author) on October 30, 2015:

@ Larry Rankin — Thank you! Glad you felt so.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on October 29, 2015:

Wonderful and comprehensive overview of this art form.

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5. Oni Mask Tattoo Sleeve Red Design

Oni Mask Tattoo Sleeve Red Design

Oni Tattoos means the devil’s ability to punish any evil or unjust act. You can embrace that meaning and show that you’re a tough guy with this sleeve idea.

This tattoo will protect you from evil and it will represent your bold character as well as your journey or the life that is ahead or behind you.

6. Oni Mask Tattoo Traditional Idea

Oni Mask Tattoo Traditional Idea

This glorious and masculine design is for those who are brave enough to stand out. Make sure that you have enough money and patience before you commit to this tattoo.

Black ink is a powerful choice and this design will protect you from karma, as well as the bad influence of others around you.

Did you know that these were worn in theaters ages ago?

7. Oni Japanese Mask Tattoo Over Back

Oni Japanese Mask Tattoo Over Back

Giant back tattoos usually look amazing on those who work out and who have masculine back that stands out. Blue is also a common color combo, so why not stick to it?

This tattoo will suit anyone who loves Japanese or Chinese culture. It is a time-consuming tattoo that shows your brave and protective side.

8. Oni Mask Tattoo Design Thigh Idea

Oni Mask Tattoo Design Thigh Idea

Thigh or leg tattoos are not that common among guys. However, do you feel special and you want to stand out? This can be an amazing conversation starter piece when you’re at the beach!

This Oni mask shows that you believe in a higher power. If you believe that there are spirits surrounding you and you’re trying to protect yourself from them – consider adding this design over your thighs.

9. Black Ink Thigh Tattoo Oni Mask

Black Ink Thigh Tattoo Oni Mask

Make sure that you find an amazing tattoo artist who is skilled to do similar mask tattoos. This one can be a challenge for most people.

A giant leg tattoo symbolizes your will and hard work. If you’re trying to do all there is to protect yourself from evil forces you will easily achieve that look with this image.

Fun fact: Hannya & Oni are the most common Japanese masks.

10. Oni Mask Tattoo Hand Palm Idea

Oni Mask Tattoo Hand Palm Idea

How about a scary arm or palm tattoo? Not everyone can rock something as bold and bright as this. If you’re trying to stand out and your job allows you to wear noticeable and showy ideas – try this one.

It is a power-embracing tattoo that shows your masculine and energy-boosting personality. You will protect yourself from any bad signs with this tattoo as well.

10 Colorful Oni Mask Tattoos

1. Oni Mask Tattoo Sleeve Colorful Idea

Oni Mask Tattoo Sleeve Colorful Idea

Sleeve tattoos are only for those who are brave enough and crazy enough to get them. Are you one of those who wants to stand out?

This colorful piece will let the world see your colorful personality, as well as your side that has that cheerful variety. You will show that you’re also protecting yourself from bad influences and different layers of people.

2. Scary Oni Mask Japanese Tattoo

Scary Oni Mask Japanese Tattoo

Not all tattoos can look as crazy and as dramatic. If you’re a fan of unique and original ideas this Oni mask is for you.

It shows the world that you’re a creative soul who knows his or her ways. You will come off as someone who is always searching for perfection. Does this sound like you?

3. Blue Oni An Hannya Mask Tattoo

Blue Oni An Hannya Mask Tattoo

Are you someone who likes show-stopping prints and glorious designs? Do you want to stand out with your tattoo at all times? If you’re someone who appreciates drama and fame this image is for you.

Blue is a color of new positive changes. Good fortune and wealth will come your way if you stick to this Oni print.

Did you know that Oni represents good luck?

4. Small Blue Oni Mask Tattoo Simple

Small Blue Oni Mask Tattoo Simple

Smaller tattoos are for those who wish to quickly get it over with. If you want to stick to pop or color and you’re trying to get noticed without being way too much and overwhelmed with your Oni, consider this flawless design.

You will protect yourself from enemies and you will stay away from bad energy with this idea. It is great for anyone who has that idea of perfection and protection all in one!

5. Red Oni Mask Tattoo Drawing

Red Oni Mask Tattoo Drawing

Red forearm tattoo is for those who love to stick to color. Are you one of those guys who is always in the center of attention? Most individuals live for similar beauties!

Red stands for energy and new powerful life. If you’re ready to get away with your faith and avoid all roots of evil – this is the ultimate evil combating tattoo.

6. Arm Traditional Oni Mask Tattoo

Arm Traditional Oni Mask Tattoo

If you want combine black & red try doing it with this Oni mask. Playful, cute, as well as artsy – ideal for men and women.

This element will symbolize your resigned and closed personality. If you don’t want or need the world to know all of your layers, stick to this idea.

Fun fact: Oni masks are most-often colored in red.

7. Chest Oni Mask Blue Traditional Tattoo

Chest Oni Mask Blue Traditional Tattoo

Chest ink and dramatic chest tattoos are for those who are trying to show their proud physique at all times. Make sure that you have 5-8 hours before you start with your tattooing process.

This color combo will show your turbulent personality. You will also feel at peace from all evil won’t this Oni mask.

Read More: Best Chest Tattoos for Men: 70+ Design Ideas (2021 Updated)

8. Leg Japanese Oni Mask Tattoo

Leg Japanese Oni Mask Tattoo

How about you consider this leg tattoo? Black ink with a pop of yellow is so different and interesting. Make sure that you have your creative side and know how to rock it before you commit to it.

Yellow is a color of gold and purity. You will protect yourself from any haram and you will enjoy your peace during your lifetime with similar Oni tattoos.

9. Geisha Oni Mask Tattoo Idea

Geisha Oni Mask Tattoo Idea

This Oni mask tattoo is for those who know how to enjoy diversified ink. If you are proud of your presence and your side (emotional and physical presence) get this print.

It is a symbol of ever-lasting life while staying true to yourself. We are always battling some inner demons, wouldn’t you agree?!

Did you know that these masks are mostly-sold & highly wanted during the festival season?

10. Red Scary Oni Mask Tattoo

Red Scary Oni Mask Tattoo

Are you scared easily? If not, you will enjoy representing this image. It is the perfect Oni tattoo for those who know how to show their true face to their surroundings.

Black and red is a common go-to color combo. If you are someone who watches horror movies regularly and you also appreciate a fun story that you get to tell along with your tattoo – this Oni is perfect.

10 Black Oni Mask Tattoos

1. Oni Mask Tattoo Black And Grey

Oni Mask Tattoo Black And Grey

Some chains will look perfect with your Oni mask. If you have a mysterious side to yourself and you love scary tattoos why not give this one a chance?

It will show the world that you’re always seeking vengeance and honesty. If you have had some bad or scary interactions in your lifetime you can get this design to show it in your way.

2. Black Oni Mask Tattoo Print

Black Oni Mask Tattoo Print

Guys who work out and who know how to represent their tattoo will love this forearm piece. It is quite hard to tattoo so make sure that you book the best tattoo artist that is in your city.

The image itself will represent your true intentions as well as the journey and path that you’re willing to go through in order to have it all! Protect yourself from demons and bad energy while representing this ink and perfecting it with this realistic red-devil shade.

3. Split Face Oni Mask Tattoo Print

Split Face Oni Mask Tattoo Print

How about a half-split face? Not everyone will get this design, which is why it is up to you to try out this Oni mask tattoo!

It symbolizes your personality and your phases. If you have two different characters in you they are always trying to battle it out you will want this Oni mask.

Fun fact: another popular go-to choice can be a Tengu mask – a creature that protects the mountains.

4. Forearm Oni Mask Tattoo Black Idea

Forearm Oni Mask Tattoo Black Idea

Guys who are afraid of the tattooing process, as well as the needle itself, will want this simple ink. Oni mask doesn’t have to be a time-consuming or scary print, just take a look at this beauty!

It shows that you’re low-key and determined in your own way and approach. Anyone who is seeking the truth and is always fighting for what is right will love this minimalism.

5. Leg Oni Mask Traditional Tattoo

Leg Oni Mask Traditional Tattoo

Place this black Oni mask over your leg. If you are eager to get something cool that is not overpowering your body, consider this art.

It represents your true colors and your will to fight off bad energy. You will look like someone who always knows what is right and you approach life with your standards.

6. Chest Oni Half Mask Tattoo

Chest Oni Half Mask Tattoo

Do you enjoy chest tattoos? Are you someone who is into black print and black designs? Guys who work out and guys who love their masculine presence will need this art over their chest.

You can also get a snake print and combine it with your Oni mask. If you’re someone who is into outstanding ideas this one will represent your character. Snakes will also protect you from bad energy and bad omen.

Did you know that these masks are super expensive to get and purchase in stores?!

7. Thigh Oni Mask Tattoo For Men

Thigh Oni Mask Tattoo For Men

This thigh and leg tattoo is for those who love their powerful macho body. It is a wow and show-stopping print that you’ll enjoy rocking and proudly showing off when at the beach or by the pool. It is a pricey design as well as something that will suit perfectionists the best.

Black is a color of elegance. You will look like a spiritual person and someone who knows how to tell good from the bad. Everyone will see you as a fighter who loves to stand for right and proper moves.

8. Detailed Oni Mask Tattoo Over Leg

Detailed Oni Mask Tattoo Over Leg

Black ink design and black tattoos are effortless and forever beautiful. If you’re looking for a sensational tattoo you will enjoy it.

Inspired by simplicity and adrenaline-rushing prints, this image represents your catchy persona. Enjoy showing your tattoo to others and let it speak for itself due to its beauty.

9. Simple Oni Mask Tattoo Outlines

Simple Oni Mask Tattoo Outlines

This foot or leg tattoo is for anyone who prefers to tell stories whenever and wherever. If you love to look like a true tattoo fanatic stick to this Oni mask.

This design represents the chaos that is in you. It is a gorgeous tattoo that will let the world see you for who you are. We all have some downsides, wouldn’t you agree?

Fun fact: Most of these masks are created due to myths, ancient dances or Noh theater.

10. Half Oni Mask Tattoo Outline Idea

Half Oni Mask Tattoo Outline Idea

Lastly, how about this cool artsy forearm design? You will love exposing this tattoo to the world. If you believe that this print is one of a kind represent it and style asap!

Black lines mean that the world you live in is simple yet covered in mysterious paths. You will let everyone see the true you in a simple and smaller tattoo.

Omni Mask Tattoo: More FAQs

Omni Mask Tattoo More FAQs

1. Who Should Get An Omni Mask Tattoo?

Wondering if you’re a good candidate for an Oni mask tattoo? A lot of people are not too sure how to rock this design. However and luckily for you, this print is for everyone who wants a unique and breathtaking tattoo. It is suitable for men and women. However and for some reason, guys tend to get this tattoo more often than women. It might be due to its bright and loud colors, as well as a scary image, would you agree?

2. What Is The Best Placement For Your Omni Mask Tattoo?

The best placement for your Oni mask tattoo design is usually over your forearm or on your leg. A lot of people prefer larger spots and bigger body parts due to colors being used in the tattooing process. If you want to stand out you will enjoy getting a bigger tattoo and showing it over your calf or your bicep, for instance.

3. Are Oni Mask Tattoos Painful?

Unfortunately, this tattooing process is not convenient or pleasurable. It can get quite painful. This is due to the blend of different colors & patterns, as well as different techniques that are used. Make sure that you are thick-skinned (literally) before you commit to this tattoo.

4. How Pricey Are They?

They can get pretty pricey. You should prepare yourself mentally & financially for the process. Since they are so unique & colorful you can expect to pay $400+ for one medium-sized tattoo.

Which Mask Design Was Your Favorite?

Which Oni tattoo mask design was your favorite out of all of these? This idea is great for men and women, as long as you have the courage to rock similar tattoos. Let us know which one is your favorite tattoo out of these top 30 created and well-done tattoo jobs, we would love to know where you stand when it comes to these creative and colorful pieces.

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