Sushi is one of the most beloved foods around the world, particularly in Japan where it originated. Sushi was first created to safely preserve fish using fermented rice and the word sushi means "sour tasting." During Japan's Muromachi period, vinegar was added to the rice to add to the sour taste and increase the overall longevity of the dish. Then, during the Edo period, fresh fish began being served over vinegar rice and nori—giving rise to the sushi we know and love today.
There are many different types of sushi, which depend on how the dish is prepared and its ingredients. And as globalization has increased, many in the Western world have put their own spin on sushi. For example, the use of salmon in sushi was first introduced by a Norwegian businessman in the 1980s. Western tastes also had a hand in developing the nontraditional types of sushi, including the California roll, rainbow roll, Hawaiian roll and the sushi burrito.
In honor of the global popularity of sushi, we've curated 30+ sensational sushi tattoos from talented artists around the world. Just like sushi, these tattoos are diverse in style and subject—there's practically a design for everyone! Take a peek at the delicious and delightful sushi tattoos in the gallery below and let us know your thoughts on this story in the comments section on social media.