Kawaii Tattoos

Gallery of kawaii style tattoos that can be filtered by subject, body part and size.

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Tattoo artists

Turkish
Alev Sarıdone
room Istanbul Turkish
4
Tattoos
4
likes
5
followers
Minimalist
Contemporary
+4

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Chinese
Pikkapimingchen · Pikka Cool Cooldone
room Chengdu Chinese
55
Tattoos
10
likes
4
followers
Cartoon
Kawaii

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Australian
Lauren Winzerdone
room Sydney Australian
259
Tattoos
45
likes
8
followers
Neotraditional
Cartoon
+1

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American
Kelly McGrathdone
room Hillsborough American
70
Tattoos
47
likes
21
followers
Cartoon
Kawaii

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Spanish
Numidone
room Barcelona Spanish
101
Tattoos
145
likes
60
followers
Cartoon
Kawaii

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Australian
Carla Evelyndone
room Adelaide Australian
31
Tattoos
37
likes
28
followers
Cartoon
Kawaii

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German
Pengidone
room Hamburg German
31
Tattoos
9
likes
11
followers
Illustrative
Cartoon
+1

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Italian
Sonia Tessari
room Sona Italian
Minimalist
Cartoon
+2

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Japanese
Maru Tattoo
room Osaka Japanese
Cartoon
Kawaii
+1

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Australian
Nat G
room Melbourne Australian
Traditional
Illustrative
+2

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Spanish
Meri · María Carrasco
room Malaga Spanish
Cartoon
Kawaii

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British
Keely Rutherford
room London British
Cartoon
Kawaii

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Mexican
Laura Aguilar · Anunnaki
room Mexico City Mexican · Madrid Spanish
Cartoon
Kawaii

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American
Linnea Pecsenye
room Asheville American
Cartoon
Kawaii
+1

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American
Mimsy Gleeson
room Brisbane Australian
Traditional
Cartoon
+1

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British
Rachel Baldwin
room Liverpool British
Traditional
Cartoon
+1

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American
Christina Hock · Xinaxiii
room Los Angeles American
Traditional
Neotraditional
+2

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American
Alex Strangler
room Los Angeles American
Cartoon
Kawaii

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description

“Kawaii” (かわいい or 可愛い) is a Japanese term meaning “cute” and “adorable.” Kawaii tattoos emphasize small, round and childlike features.

Kawaii is an abbreviation of “kawayushi,” referring to shy, vulnerable, lovable and small traits. This art pulls inspiration from the physical features of children and baby animals.

Historians tend to credit the Edo period (circa 1603-1868) for laying the groundwork for Kawaii with a revival of Neo-Confucian ideals. Confucian doctrine, in a broad and oversimplified sense, reinforces a social order where female infantilization and domestication are considered valuable and attractive. In art history, the Edo period shows the first recorded examples of Kawaii art with woodblock carvings of adorable children and cute female virgins.

The term “kawayushi,” however, first appeared in dictionaries during the Taishō period (1912-1926) and the subsequent art most resembles Kawaii as we know it today. (e.g. “Hello Kitty” and Kewpie dolls of the 20th century are some of the most recognizable examples of modern Kawaii).

Sub-genres of Kawaii include guro-kawaii (grotesque cute), kimo-kawaii (creepy cute), ero-kawaii (sexy cute) and busu-kawaii (ugly cute). Tattooers creating Kawaii may pull from existing artwork, or may use these aesthetic principles to put their unique spin on it.

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