Kitsune means “fox”: an animal that is of enormous importance in Japan, protagonist of myths and legends, as well as a beloved subject in tattooing.
According to Japanese mythology, the fox is endowed with extraordinary intelligence, able to live long and to develop supernatural powers: the main one is undoubtedly the ability to change appearance and assume human form.
According to some legends, foxes transform into beautiful women only to deceive others, while on other occasions they are described as faithful and lovable friends, lovers and wives.
They are often connected to the figure of Inari, the deity symbol of fertility (as well as agriculture and rice): kitsune are at his service with the role of messenger. They too are venerated as deities in all respects, symbolizing wisdom, but also lust, cunning, prosperity and fertility.
Take a look at our gallery and choose your favorite representation!
Xam, Seven Doors Tattoo, London, UK
Peter Lagergren, Malmö Classic Tattoo, Malmö, Sweden
Calle Corson, King Carlos Tattoo, Stockholm, Sweden
Dashuai Ma, Haloink, Beijing, China
Bunshin Horitoshi, Bunshin Horitoshi Tattoo, Tokyo, Japan
Mosh, Ultimate Skin, Leeds, UK
Lilian Raya, Private Studio, Mexico City, Mexico
Mila, On The Road, Toyohashi, Japan
Regino Gonzales, Good Luck, New York, USA
Taras Prystupa, Underdog Tattoo Studio, Warsaw, Poland
Karolina Wilczewska, White Rabbit Tattoo Parlour, Gdynia, Poland
Lauren Fox, Lighthouse Tattoo, Sydney, Australia
Claudia Ducalia, Mater Medusa, Rome, Italy
Hori Benny, Invasion Club, Osaka, Japan
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