50+ Graceful and Gorgeous Geisha Tattoo Designs

By Jason Hamilton / March 18, 2020
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Whether you’re a fan of the Japanese culture or not, the geisha tattoo is one design that you might want to consider for your first or next tattoo. But before you give it a go, there are some things you might want to know about this beautiful tattoo. Read on if you want to learn more.

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What is a Geisha Anyway?

Aside from being one of the popular Japanese tattoos, geishas are actually female Japanese entertainers. And contrary to what some people believe, they are not prostitutes. Rather, they are women with refined talents in singing, dancing, classical music, and conversation. They can be good at poetry, art, games, and calligraphy too, which they mainly use to entertain men. Their skills play a big role at cultural events and tea ceremonies too.

Getting to Know Geisha Tattoo

For starters, geisha tattoos are tattoos that depict a Japanese woman wrapped in a vibrant and colorful kimono. She has a slender built and wears white makeup and a black wig. Most of the times she is also depicted holding a fan. And if you’re going to look at it, it’s really an aesthetically pleasing tattoo. However, this tattoo is more than what means the eye. Let’s take a look at what this tattoo represents.

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Meaning of Geisha as Tattoo

When it comes to body art, geishas are used to symbolize beauty and mystery. They also represent feminine power. Aside from that, when used as a tattoo, geishas can also represent one’s dreams, ambitions, desires, and aspirations. In fact, a geisha is also referred to as the “figment of the imagination.”

Geisha Tattoo Designs

It might not look like one but geisha tattoos are actually very versatile. You can wear it with different symbols, particularly those that are related to the Japanese culture and can even be worn by people of all genders. Here are some ideas on how you can own your geisha tattoos even more.

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Samurai Geisha Tattoo

Geisha and samurai are two of the most well-known symbols in Japanese culture. And when you combine these two for your tattoo, you can get an even more powerful representation of who you are through such body art. There are a few variations of this design, though. Sometimes, people opt for geisha tattoos paired with an image of a samurai. Sometimes, they ink a geisha holding a sword instead, looking like a warrior. Here are some ideas on how you can combine these two symbols.

A geisha holding a sword

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A geisha keeping two swords

A geisha paired with a samurai tattoo

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A geisha dressed in a samurai’s armor

A geisha tattooed on the right forearm paired with a samurai tattoo on the left forearm

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Another geisha holding a sword

A realistic sleeve tattoo of a geisha and a samurai

A tattoo of a geisha and a samurai looking like a painting

Geisha and Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossom tattoo designs are best paired with geisha tattoos too. Aside from the fact that it can make your tattoo look more dramatic and feminine, it can also represent youth, beauty, and how fragile life can be. Here are some samples on how you can pair your cherry blossom tattoo with a geisha design.

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A classic tattoo of a geisha surrounded by cherry blossoms

A geisha paired with a demon and cherry blossom tattoo

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A geisha sitting under a cherry blossom tree

A geisha adorned with cherry blossoms

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A full classic back tattoo of a geisha with red cherry blossoms

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A tattoo of geisha adorned with cherry blossoms placed on the leg

A tattoo of a smoking geisha wearing a kimono with cherry blossoms

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A tattoo of geisha standing under a cherry blossom tree inked on the right bicep

Geisha with Umbrella

Umbrella tattoos also make a nice addition to geisha tattoos. It will make any geisha tattoo look more feminine. But aside from that, it can also make it more meaningful. Apparently, an umbrella tattoo symbolizes protection. Shelter, and shade. It also represents strength and resilience. Here are some ideas on how you can incorporate this design into your geisha tattoos.

An elegant geisha holding an umbrella

A colored tattoo of a geisha holding an umbrella inked on the forearm

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Another colored tattoo of a geisha with an umbrella placed on the right thigh

A watercolor tattoo of a geisha with an umbrella in black and red ink

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A tattoo of a geisha in black ink placed on the back

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A full realistic back tattoo of a geisha holding an umbrella in black and red ink

A traditional tattoo of a geisha holding an umbrella in black and red ink

A seductive colored tattoo of a geisha holding an umbrella inked on the bicep

Geisha with Fan

Fan tattoos also look good when paired with geisha tattoos. Like umbrellas, folding fans can also make geisha tattoos look more aesthetically pleasing. But aside from that, it can also add mystery to your tattoo. Moreover, it symbolizes good luck, generosity, and prosperity. It also represents royalty, gracefulness, charm, femininity, and intense emotion. Here are some ideas on how you can make your geisha tattoos look even more gorgeous by just adding a fan.

A traditional tattoo of a geisha holding a fan placed on the bicep

A realistic tattoo of a mysterious geisha holding a red fan

A classic tattoo of a geisha with a fan decorated with autumn leaves and various flowers

Another mysterious geisha holding a fan designed with cherry blossoms

A realistic tattoo of a geisha holding a fan designed with a skull

A traditional style tattoo of a geisha with a fan placed on the bicep

A colorful classic tattoo of a geisha with a fan adorned with cherry blossoms

A gorgeous and mysterious tattoo of a geisha mainly in pink and gray ink placed on the side of the torso

Geisha with Dragon

Dragons, on the other hand, can make geisha tattoos look less feminine. It can also make it more powerful and fierce because of the meaning that it carries. Thus, it is also something that you should consider adding to geisha tattoos. Here are some ideas on how you can combine these two symbols.

A half sleeve tattoo of a dragon-tattooed geisha

A full back tattoo of a geisha with a dragon that looks like her guardian

Tattoos of a geisha and a dragon inked side by side covering the back

A tattoo of a geisha that seems friends with a dragon placed on the back area

A geisha holding an oni mask paired with a dragon tattoo and cherry blossoms

An intricately detailed tattoo of a geisha’s face with an outline of a dragon in red ink

Another realistic tattoo of a geisha’s face paired with a fierce dragon tattoo

A unique black ink tattoo of a geisha riding a dragon

Geisha with Tiger

Tigers are also one of the popular tattoo symbols that makes every tattoo even more powerful. If you were to add this to your geisha tattoo, this can represent your independent, strong, and free-spirited character. It can help make geisha tattoos less feminine too if you want something that’s not too girly. Here are some samples on how you can match it with geisha tattoos.

A full sleeve classic tattoo of a geisha with a tiger

A tattoo of half geisha and half tiger’s face on the forearm

A bicep tattoo of a geisha and tiger’s head

A geisha with a tiger on her feet

A full sleeve tattoo of a geisha and tiger with realistic details

Another realistic tattoo of a geisha and a tiger but this time it covers the whole back area

A sitting geisha with a tiger on the back

Another tattoo of a half tiger half geisha’s face

Plain Geisha

If you still can’t decide on what symbol to pair with your geisha tattoo, don’t worry, you can just have a plain geisha image inked on your skin instead and just add symbols later. Such tattoo is versatile anyway and we’re sure you won’t have any problem pairing it with other symbols in the future. Here are some ideas.

A geisha tattoo placed on the calf

A cartoonish geisha tattoo

A half sleeve tattoo of a geisha adorned with flowers

Geisha tattoos are really one of the most aesthetically pleasing designs for body art out there. But it’s not the only reason why you should use it for your first or next tattoo. It is also meaningful. On top of that, it can be paired by various symbols related to Japanese culture that will make its meaning all the more significant and beautiful. And the best part of it is that it is a versatile tattoo that can be worn by anyone regardless of their gender preference. It’s really a kind of tattoo design that’s worth considering.


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About the author

Jason Hamilton

Jason has been an avid fan of tattoos for over 13 years now. He is currently 35 years old, and he got his first tattoo at the age of 22. Since then, he has added over 20 tattoos to his collection. He is also into writing, which is why he decided to celebrate both of his passion and hobby through tats ‘n’ rings. Jason dreams of having his very own tattoo parlor soon. Jason would be very happy to answer any questions about tattoos that you may have! Leave a comment below and he’ll answer it for you right away!

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