Hannya masks are very popular in Japan, having been a prominent symbol in Japanese culture for centuries. Over the years, it has spread in popularity and outside of Japan, and is now known around the world.
This hannya mask was done by Nina Rademeyer, the head artist of Zen Ink Professional Tattoo and Piercing Studion in Johannesburg, South Africa.
- The word hannya itself is the Sino-Japanese word for praina, which represents wisdom and knowledge.Hannya masks depict a woman so overcome with envy and vengeance that she takes on the form of a demon overcome with jealousy and anger. Although she has demonic characteristics, a few human traits still remain.These masks are commonly used in Shinto ceremonial practices and used in traditional Japanese theatre,known as Noh Kabuki or Noh theater. The plays will depicts acts based on folk stories that date back centuries, some as far back as the 14 century.The mask is also used in kyōgen Japanese plays, as well as in Shinto ritual kagura dances.It can come in neutral, bland colors or very vibrant, bold colors. If it uses more extreme colors, this portrays a deeper emotion of violence in that character. Her spiked horns and fang-like teeth are always prominent, as well as her stoned cold gleaming eyes.
- This design also often portrays an expression of guilt and suffering.Tattoo artists have put their own creative twist on this design, often straying from traditional characteristics.
Nina Rademeyer completed this tattoo in a single session using a Professional Rotary Tattoo Pen, Empire Tattoo Ink, Dynamic Tattoo Ink, Green Soap, Hustle Butter and Elite Cartridges.
To see more of Nina Rademeyers work or for any additional information about Zen Ink Professional Tattoo and Piercing Studio, please visit www.zenink.co.za or alternatively stop past our studio in Boksburg for a free consultation.