Amuro Namie and The Tattoo Connection

WARNING: Read at your own risk.

The first half is all about Amuro Namie… and the next topic became the Italian people’s err… interest with tattoos. Wanna peek at this… drool-worthy blog post? Come with me!

If Japan is known for being obsessed with bihaku beauty, enter Amuro Namie, the ganguro pioneer. Yes, that’s right. The ganguro trend actually emerged from the “Amuraa” style.

The only thing that I do not like about her is her tattoos… the placement!

Disclaimer: ALL PHOTOS ARE FROM WEBSITE… unless specified.

Amuro during her teens. Do you think she looks like a teenager or someone below 13?

An ink-free Amuro during the late ’90’s.

Amuro’s inkless arm. Might have been better if she only placed those distracting tattoos on her back.

Drastic change in Namie. Distracting bad-ass tattoos and of course, a navel piercing.

Eugh. Sorry Amuro-chan, but I really don’t like the placement of yer ink.

An innocent face but with those tats. >.< That’s why I didn’t like her at first.|The infamous “Haruto” tattoo at first impression is like, “Is that her boyfriend’s name?” WITH A LAUGH!

Quoting the article of

Then you see that infamous tattoo. It takes up most of her upper arm and spells out the name “Haruto,” in honor of her offspring. It’s sweet, but somehow still intimidating—like a Hell’s Angels member with “Mommy” inked on their bicep.

I was really wondering why does she have tattoos in English? She sings with English words, and yet… it’s truly ironic that she does not speak the language, well, at least in interviews. She only knows a little, and guess what? She sang, “On the Spotlight” and “Only You,” and these songs are purely English!

What in the world is Amuro-chan thinking!?

Okay, that’s most probably why I preferred the big-eyed Ayumi Hamasaki more than her. At least Ayumi would make everything really mysterious about her life. The tattoo on her back is real, after all. AFTER ALL THESE YEARS, SHE WOULD LET US BE FOOLED THAT IT WAS FAKE! UGH!|This tattoo is REAL. No retractions.|Look at the tat on her back! HAHA!

The first impression in me head about the Haruto tattoo is that, “Wait, why in the world would Namie have a tattoo of someone’s name on her arm? Is that her boyfriend (who possibly…died?)?” Alright, call this very skeptical, but when I found out that it was her son’s name, I was like, “WHAAAAT!? She had a son!?”

Namie started her career during her early teens. Alright, she married twice, and her second marriage is with this “Sam” dude. To make the story short, Namie was already pregnant, so they tied the knot and voila! Haruto was born in the year of 1998. The same day, her mother Emiko Taira was murdered by her brother-in-law.

Very tragic story, indeed. Namie divorced with Sam in 2002, and starting 2003, she had herself tattooed with two tattoos on her arm, which is a distraction. Distracting, indeed… but if you were to ask the Japanese people, they’ll think they’re cool, rather than a turn-off.

Did Namie had these two tattoos on her arm err… simultaneously done!? I bet yes!

Yes, I know those tattoos are cool, but ugh, can’t stand those.

The tattoos that are on her arm was acquired 2003 after she felt the pain of her mother’s murder, her son’s birth and her divorce with her husband, so that’s why each of her tattoos has a story behind them. She really had it done on her arm to let her fans show that a sad, sweet face could show these ink– as signs of suffering.

Bad-ass, much. Especially the one in oval. It’s really unique.

I’m really wondering how would her son feel about his mom having tattoos, eh?

…now she’s very proud of showing her tattoos like this! HAHA.

Namie and her son, Haruto as an infant. Notice that it’s simply like carrying her little brother.

One misconception when you think about Namie having a son is like, “I thought that little guy is her brother!” Of course, there is one time she was questioned during her trip in the US with her son. She was questioned if Haruto is REALLY her son since her youthful looks would lie about her real age.

“You his mother?” the immigration officer asked Namie.

However (HOMG not again), Namie can’t even speak English during that time! So, there was a translator for her to fix things.

I was really wondering why can’t Namie speak English, even in a conversational tone? Alright, call me someone with high standards, but that is because she sings in English, and sometimes, her English words are misplaced… and most of her songs are titled in English.

Maybe she could only speak English in private, but NOT in public. There are some actors who only speak English in private, but hires an interpreter in interviews. I really do understand these people (I won’t mention some of them haha!) because their English is obviously accented, and when they speak in English, BOOM! Rumors speculated that Namie’s English is messed up, and even her son Haruto would ridicule her when she uses the language.

These people who speak English in private actually express themselves in English at least, on Twitter. Never thought of Tanaka Rie doing that although it is said that she is not fluent in English. Alright, a person could speak English, but it doesn’t have to mean one-shot fluency. Well, competent, but not fluent. There’s a big difference between competent and fluent. If you’re competent in a certain language, you don’t use it in daily conversations, but if you’re fluent in the language, at least you could think using that language.

Maybe Namie’s level in Eigo is more of competent than fluent. Same with Rie-chan.

A Perspective on someone who now starts to admire Namie…

So, yeah. I really didn’t like her at first simply because she doesn’t look pretty in me standards. But now, I’m starting to like her, and thinking that Hamasaki is overrated… but I still like Hamasaki though, more as a trendsetter than a songstress.

Amuro Namie is a walking paradox herself. She’s an innocent-looking young girl with a tragic, bad-ass past and struggles. Her arm tattoos says it all, and is proud of wearing it all the time. She’d rather tell the fans, “Watashi no irezumi, these are the memories of the tragic past where I used to live.”

Masochistic, eh?

Or let’s say, she’s a sweet bad-ass. Despite the piercings and tattoos, Namie is still down-to-earth and is always shy in interviews.

I was really thinking if she ever had plastic surgery, or most probably she’s a late bloomer. But it’s more evident that she is more of a late bloomer than of a fake-looking person.

The Coke Zero was jamming in the Philippines! She proves her worth more than Ayumi!

I personally think that Namie is really cool, and do you think our local stars would have the same bad-ass tattoos as hers? Even the arrogant genius cannot carry that bad-ass arm tattoos. Also with the cheap justice! Or the skeletor? Or… the dance princess? ROFL, I think Namie is still fresh and vibrant for her age, though.

And BTW… her tattoos are oh-so her Italian side. Most people of Italian descent are really tattoo lovers and aficionados. You doubtin’ Angelina being Italiano!?

Another paradox again! Sweet bad-ass carrying a nice smile, nice face and bad-ass ink!

Just love the bad-ass ink. It’s like carrying a barbwire on it!|I think this dress that Charlize is wearing right now should suit Namie.

Talking about tattoos, Namie and Charlize have one thing in common, and it’s like placing two tattoos in a single limb. Charlize has two tattoos on her RIGHT limb, and that’s her ummm… flower tattoo on her right foot near the pinky toe, and the other one was the koi fish on her inner ankle. She got that when she was only 16 years old (BTW, most South Africans get tattoos before the age of 18… just as far as I know).

The Italian connection… regarding tattoos

Most Italians or people of Italian descent have tattoos. These are: Franka Potente, Alyssa Milano, Christina Ricci, Asia Argento, Alessandra Ambrosio, Chris Evans, Kate Hudson, Kat Von D, Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, Ilaria Graziano, Lea Michele… argh many of them to mention, even Nancy Castiglione and Paolo Contis, local artists in the Philippines… they’re of Italian descent. Thank goodness NOT even Rosa Kato, Matteo Guidicelli, John Cena and Gwen Stefani dare to have tattoos — these people are also of Italian descent but they don’t want themselves to fit in the mainstream Italian stereotype and identity haha.|Gosh, Rosy Dilettuso’s tattoo is really BAD-ASS! Look at the placement!|Gosh, okay, I really do not know Rosy that much. She’s Italian with a real bad-ass pube tattoo.

If you were to ask me, I like Rosy Dilettuso’s tattoo of a cherub near the pube, unlike Asia Argento’s version of that tattoo, it’s so trashy, and it’s rumored that she’s planning to remove it. Gah, Asia’s angel tattoo is more of a distraction than bad-ass.|Nice tattoo, but it’s too big, making it as a distraction. Look at the tittays, for sure.

Asia Argento explains her angel tattoo as a work of Delvaux, but she only had the wings added. She said that she placed it below her navel to hide it from her father (the horror director Dario Argento) who doesn’t like to see her tattoos.

I really like the taste of Italians in terms of tattoos. If you were to ask me, I’d rather drool at someone who looks like Antonello yet has tattoos.

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Posted on August 6, 2012, in Celebrity Chizmax, For Your Entertainment, Japan, Musicanova, On the Spotlight, Showbiz Thoughts, States and Nations of the World and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Hi, I’m the owner of Toi et moi v4 ( Thank you for crediting my website, not everyone takes the time to do it.
    If I may, I would just like to correct a few inaccuracies in your article about Namie’s tattoos.

    First of all, you may have not noticed it because it was discrete but Namie had her first tattoo in 1996 while she was in Jamaica. This was a barcode with her birthday date. It’s on the cover of her first photobook #19770920.

    She then had a second tattoo on the same wrist, some flowers but I don’t remember when…

    She finally had the two tattoos you mention in 2002 (and not 2003).

    On these two pics dating from May 2002, you can already see them.

    She has recently removed her two first tattoos and it seems like she replaced them with one tattoo in the interior of her wrist: it reads Love Peace World.

    The second thing is that Namie has never been married twice. She only married Sam in 1997 and gave birth to Haruto in 1998. Her mother did not die at this moment, she was murdered by her brother-in-law in 1999, the day Namie’s second come-back single, “Respect the power of love”, was out.
    Namie said several times that she was happy her mother could see her son before dying. After her death, she considered stopping her careeer. Then she remembered how proud was her mother everytime she could see her on TV: she decided to keep singing.

    Third thing si about Japanese people loving her tattoos. Well, it’s a very new thing! Tattoos are still associated with yakuza and wearing them is still seen as a bad thing in Japan. If you may not see her biggest tattoos in some commercials, it’s not surprising, they were hidden. The sames goes with NHK Kouhaku Utagussen: when Namie used to participate, they would make her hide her tattoos because it was not “correct” to wear them.

    Namie has long been the target of the medias: she used to be called a “has-been” as well as a bad mum (for primarily leaving custody of her son to Sam). Divorce is also very ill-considered in Japanese society.

    Lastly, it has never been proved that Namie was of Italian decent. It used to be written in all profiles and magazines back in the 1990’s, but Emiko Taira herself (Namie’s mother) stated that she never known which origin was her father. She only knew he was European, she said “maybe English or Italian”. I think Namie’s company thought that Italian was fashionable and exotic at the time and decided to go for it. The truth is that Namie only know she’s not 100% Okinawaian. Her father may also have been an American of European decent, that’s what a few Japanese website write.

    As for her English, I absolutely don’t know is she’s able to hold a conversation. She doesn’t write her lyrics and she was really surprise to learn the meaning of some slang in “Want me, Want me”. She only learnt the meaning of them quite a long time after she has recorded the song! I guess she can understand a few words, but she may be really bad at languages. It’s true that the full-English songs in Uncontrolled are intriguing, but I don’t think it means her skills have greatly improved.

    • Molybdenum Studios Founder and CEO

      Whoa… thanks for the information. I guess you really are an authentic Amuro fan at all! ((: Never been an Amuro fan myself, but I do like her songs, so I was wondering if she could really speak English or not.

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