Japanese tattoos have a long tradition and each tattoo has a meaning. Tattoos show a person’s status in society, though these days that status is usually not so good. The interesting thing about Japanese Tattoos is they are both clandestine and artistic at the same time. Some people have tattoos as a protective charm or as a symbol of devotion. What makes them unique is the combination of many features in the overall design. The dragon is perceived as a powerful force - unlike in western cultures where a dragon is considered to be a terrifying creature. Tatoos also convey personal beliefs, character traits or aspirations. The symbol of a peony is a sign of wealth, elegance and prosperity. The rose is the king of flowers and a sign of strong character. These days tattoos are usually only worn by yakuza gangsters and are frowned upon in society - so much so that bathers with tattoos are usually banned from entry. Whether that makes them more fascinating or not, is up to the beholder.