Bamboo, which is a plant prevalent in the Orient, plays an important role in art, as well as in symbolism at that region. The bamboo branch is actually a characteristic of the gentle Kannon, who is actually the Buddhist goddess of mercy.
The goddess Kannon represents compassion and is also considered as one of the most widely worshiped divinities in Asia and Japan, in both ancient and modern times. The origins of Kannon are still not clear, but most scholars agree that Kannon worship started in India around the 1st or 2nd century AD and after that, it spread to Southeast Asia, China, Korea and most other Asian nations.
In Japan, the bamboo plant symbolizes youth and strength, and it is actually in Japanese tattoo that it most frequently appears to be used. It is incomparably straight, rising to the sky, with evenly spaced knots, and it is also incredibly strong for its weight. Together with the plum and the pine, the bamboo plant is also one of the three trees of good omen.
There are plenty of options of bamboo tattoos, as they have spiked in popularity in recent years, particularly amongst those that travel through SE Asia.
First of all, we are going to give you a little background on the bamboo tattoo tradition. The most common country in which you can get a bamboo tattoo is Thailand, where you can find the traditional Sak Yant tattoos on a lot of people done by both tattoo artists and monks. And even the famous actress Angelina Jolie has one like that. The art of bamboo tattoos goes back 3000 years to the Khmer period where monks would have religious texts tattooed on them for protection. Also, soldiers would go to the temples in order to get a bamboo tattoo which symbolizes protection, strength, as well as invisibility.
No matter if you want to be tattooed by a monk or maybe in a tattoo shop as well, you should always make sure that it is safe and clean.