The irezumi artists

Two more of the finished shunga drawings: these ones are more conservative and don’t need little blurred censor bubbles! Interestingly, there are very few shunga showing full nudity, as seeing the opposite sex nude in public baths was common and therefore not as big a deal as in the west. Only seeing little flashes of skin (the nape of the neck, for example) was considered much more erotic. The traditional full-body irezumi tattoo gives the illusion of clothing, so, seemingly contradictory,  also works in this less-is-more fashion.

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