The Japanese got the tattoo designs they made withinthe early years from traditional Japanese watercolor paintings, picture books and woodcuts. People having their bodies tattooed felt a great deal of pain and the final result was a beautiful piece of art that would last permanently on their bodies. The Japanese art of making tattoos is very successful and you will find many people in these modern times using it.
The lowering of the implementation of the feudal system when the Edo period was coming to an end led to the rise of Japanese commoners who came up with a unique culture. The common people stopped practicing the traditional moral rules and ethics and began doing what they believed was right for them. The new stratum of commoners therefore utilized tattoo art as a way of expressing themselves.