Austere Elegance (shibumi)

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Here we offer 14 different hand-brushed Japanese Austere Elegance tattoo designs by Master Japanese Calligrapher Eri Takase. For these Austere Elegance tattoo designs the fonts are different, but the characters and the meaning are the same. So order the style you like - the meaning is the same for each design.

Austere Elegance in Japanese is 渋み which is read shibumi. The Japanese word shibumi literally means "astringency" or "astringent taste" and is related to the word 渋い (read shibui), however, shibumi is used to mean the Japanese aesthetic of "austere elegance" or "quiet beauty".

The word shibumi has been commonly written differently over the centuries. That is, the word is the same, the meaning is the same, but the "spelling" is different. Previously, the all kanji 渋味 was common. However, "recently" 渋み has gained favor and the reasoning is clear: shibumi is quintessentially Japanese and writing shibumi partly or all in hiragana makes the word itself uniquely Japanese.

Here I include designs for all three variations: 渋味, 渋み, and しぶみ. My personal preference is to use 渋み though you can correctly choose the design and the spelling that appeals to you.

Translations You Can Trust: We want you to be as happy with the Japanese translation as you are with Master Takase's beautiful art. So we have made it easy to confirm the translation for yourself by simply clicking on Austere Elegance (shibumi) which links to the independent Jeffrey's Japanese English Dictionary. You can also verify the translation using Yahoo's dictionary entry Austere Elegance (shibumi).

Immediately Download Your Austere Elegance Japanese Tattoo

With your order, you receive everything you need for the perfect Austere Elegance Japanese Tattoo. The tattoo design comes as an Adobe PDF file which means it will print exactly as Master Takase brushed the design. And this includes the line art, also called a stencil, that your tattoo artist must have to properly ink the design.

When your order is placed, you can immediately download your Japanese tattoo design. Then just print it and take it to your favorite tattoo artist. Your tattoo artist does not need to know Japanese. The Adobe PDF file contains everything you need and everything your tattoo artist needs to properly ink the design.

Getting your perfect Japanese Tattoo really is this easy.

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