27 Hannya Mask Tattoo Styles from Traditional to Modern


HANNYA TATTOO

The hannya mask has historically been an extremely popular Japanese tattoo design, and there is good reason why it looks so demonic. The hannya (般若 han-nya) originates from stories told in traditional Japanese theater and is perhaps the most recognizable mask in Noh, a style of traditional Japanese theater comprised of music and dancing. It can also be seen being used in other styles of traditional Japanese theater such as Kyōgen and Kagura. The hannya mask represents souls of women who have become demons, full of anger and sadness as a result of jealousy.

The hannya tattoo is a great design to get as a single or as a part of a large scale piece. It looks great in black and grey as well as color, with endless possible color combinations. Here are some hannya tattoos rendered by the artists here at Kings Avenue Tattoo.

Mike Rubendall Hannya Tattoo
Hannya Mask by Mike Rubendall

MIKE RUBENDALL

Here’s one from the archives. Done @kingsavetattoo #NYC

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JUSTIN WEATHERHOLTZ

Splash Splash Hannya for Janine- thank you!!! Good last day at @madetolasttattoo

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Big thanks to Nick P for being one of the best clients/ guys around. Super fun job stopper!

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MATT BECKERICH

First tattoo at @madetolasttattoo and it was a fun one! Start to finish #Hannya

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All healed up and settled in for a lifetime👌🏻 #mattbeckerich #hannya #geisha #female #demon #kingsavetattoo

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JUSTIN ESSING

#Hannya hand topper by @essingtattoo_ka #kingsavetattoo #massapequa #japanese

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Got to finalize this #hanya today Thanks Steve for getting cool tattoos. #kingsavetattoo #hanyamask #hanyatattoo

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MATT ADAMSON

Little pepper-‘oni’ gap filler 🍕👹 @kingsavetattoo thanks Bobby!

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An @mattadamson original #Hannya / #Peony combo for Max. Done at #kingsavetattoo #bowery

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WILL LOLLIE

One shot Hannya on @davewulff @tattoodemonco Thanks Dave!

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Later reading. I’ll be @hotstufftattoo all this next week #ashevillenc #hotstufftattoo #nc #westasheville

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CLARK SEIGER

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CHRIS O’DONNELL

Thanks Dominick! Kings Avenue Tattoo NYC #chrisodonnelltattoo

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Thanks Diana! Kings Avenue Tattoo NYC #chrisodonnelltattoo Sketchbook design/ cancelation filler. Always FUN!

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Fun one for Pedro! Love getting to do one session tattoos when I can. Thanks! Pen-on #chrisodonnelltattoo

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One from the pile of drawings I have at the shop. Thanks Mike! Kings Avenue Tattoo NYC #chrisodonnelltattoo

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Thanks Eric! Kings Avenue Tattoo NYC #chrisodonnelltattoo

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Thank you Ken! Private studio. #chrisodonnelltattoo

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