Tattoo Culture Abroad Series Tattooing has been a celebrated art form throughout Asia for thousands of years. In fact, one of the earliest physical records of tattoo art comes from Japan, in the form of clay figurines from around 3, B. Today, Asian-inspired tattoos abound, crossing and uniting people of different cultures, races and sexes. How has the art of tattooing progressed through Asian culture over time? Which Asian countries adopted the art form first?