Paul went for a large hannya mask and cherry blossoms to fit on his side.

A popular theme in Japanese tattooing, the hannya mask is used in Noh theatre, representing a jealous female demon.


Below is a close up of Paul’s arm depicting a Daruma doll…

A Daruma doll is a hollow, round, Japanese traditional doll modelled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen tradition of Buddhism.

Darumas are still usually made of papier-mâché, have a round shape, are hollow and weighted at the bottom so that they will always return to an upright position.

The eyes of Daruma are usually blank when sold. The recipient of the doll fills in one eye upon setting a goal or wish then the other upon fulfilling it.


Japanese Tattoo by Rich Pearson
GUNG HO! Tattoo Studio, Birmingham