HELL HATH NO FURY: 12 Hannya Tattoos by Mike Rubendall

Pointed horns, fang like teeth, and stone cold eyes exhibit the wrath of her nature.

Hell hath no fury, like a woman scorned.

A popular subject matter in Japanese Irezumi (Tattoo), The Hannya mask has been worn by traditional Japanese actors of the Noh theatre since 14th Century Japan. The mask is specifically used to represent the soul of a woman so consumed by her obsession, jealousy, and anger she has turned into a demon. Though often pictured with menacing grin, a deeper look will show the Hannya is also tormented and sorrowful, displaying the complexity of human emotion.

If you’re thinking on a Hannya tattoo and haven’t found a great reference, here are 12 perfect examples made by Mike Rubendall.

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If the teeth of a Hannya are blackened in, it is said so show that she does not want to be considered beautiful to anyone other than her deepest love.

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Hannya & Peony

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Hannya & Peony

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A work in progress back piece.

Mike Rubendall is the owner of Kings Avenue NYC & Kings Avenue Massapequa. He can be found on Instagram @MRubendall

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