1800s: Tattooed Japanese Mail Runners Chris January 18, 2013 1800-1899, Fashion & beauty 4 CommentsFavourited 830 times Add to favourites 4 Responses djeseru January 18, 2013 Wow, fantastic dragon on number three! This is one of those instances when the hand-tinting on the photos/cards is appreciated. Reply Clive January 22, 2013 I wonder if any of these tattoos are real or all the product of an imaginative hand-colourer. Reply djeseru January 23, 2013 Your “wondering” had me questioning these tattoos as well, especially after reading this about irezumi and how expensive it is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_tattoo Elizabeth January 25, 2013 I thought it was illegal for anyone to have tats in Japan in those days. Was it not just gangs and bandit types that had them? Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.