ABOUT THIS PHOTOGRAPH : PAYSAN TATOUÉ Japan, about 1875. The technique of traditional Japanese tattoo has several names, irezumi or horimono. Horimono refers to tattoo in general. However, irezumi is the term generally assigned to traditional tattoo covering large parts of the body, going as far as the typically Japanese ‘integral tattoo’, which covers the body like a second skin. Japanese tattoo patterns are influenced by traditional art, popular stories and religion.