Japanese tattoo artists are using a combination of fish and fish emblems to promote the spread of the herpes virus, a new study found.
In the study published online this week in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the University of Pennsylvania looked at more than 30,000 tattooed women and men, ages 18 to 79.
They found that tattooing fish emperors, a type of fish tattoo that has been used for more than 1,200 years in Japan, is a popular form of herpes treatment among tattoo artists in the country.
The study authors also found that the use of fish emo was correlated with the frequency of herpes infections among women, but not among men.
The findings are important for understanding why herpes is spreading in Asia and beyond, said Dr. Robert C. Brown, a dermatologist at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who was not involved in the research.
It could be that tattoo artists, especially those in China, are getting their hands dirty and using fish tattoos to promote sexual health and hygiene.
Tattooing fish is a very common practice in Japan and South Korea, and has spread across the Pacific, Brown said.
Fish tattoos are very popular in China.
In Japan, for example, some tattoo artists use the symbols of the fish species and their natural history in order to encourage women to have sex with their partners.
They then use the fish to show that women are free from the virus and that they are healthy and happy with their bodies.
The Japanese use a wide variety of fish-themed tattoos to spread fear and promote sex in public, according to the study authors.
One of the most popular fish tattoos is a fish emoji on a woman’s breast, the study said.
A woman wearing a fish-emoji breast tattoo can feel safe because the tattoo will not spread the virus, the researchers wrote.
The tattoo is often displayed in public places and can be found on billboards, subway platforms and other public places, such as at restaurants.
The authors wrote that while fish tattoos are not necessarily linked to sexually transmitted diseases, they could be used to spread herpes among people who are not aware that they have herpes.
The researchers wrote that the fish-and-emo tattooing is more widespread in China than in the U.S. and is seen as a safer and more affordable alternative to the more invasive tattoos that can cost hundreds of dollars.