Anime Ita-Tattoo Mania

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Anime and game themed tattoos seem to increasing in popularity, and here you can see numerous examples of such.

Unlike their Japanese counterparts, non-Japanese otaku seem ready to embrace the prospect of indelibly emblazoning the likeness of their favourite character onto their skin in an “ita-tattoo”, in much the same way as a monk might embrace his vow to celibacy, and with much the same effect.

The word ita-tattoo itself, combining the character for pain (ita), used as a prefix to denote a “painfully obsessive” line of interest (as with itasha), with “tattoo”, seems doubly appropriate considering the agonies induced by having needles lance ink into the subject’s dermis.

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