In addition to one of our most read articles on ShungaGallery about the influence of Hokusai’s iconic The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife on a whole new genre/industry called Tentacle Erotica (shokushu goukan 触手強姦, aka. Tentacle Rape, Tentacle Hentai or Tentacle Porn) we have included more exciting examples below (Beware: some of these images are very graphic!).
What is Tentacle Erotica?
In contrast to shunga, which is an art form, tentacle erotica is a kind of pornography. It is originated in Japan and merges conventional pornography with components of bestiality, fantasy, horror and science-fiction.
Tentacle erotica is often added to horror or hentai animations, with tentacled beings (often imaginary creatures) involved in sexual acts, mostly with females. In some cases, the portrayed intercourse is consensual but most of the time the emphasis is on rape.
This exploitative genre is rather popular in Japan, and therefore subject of parody. Partly because of the internet, Japanese films (Fig.1) that feature tentacle erotica have also become popular in the West among genre devotees. Elements of tentacle erotica can also be found in the furry fandom.*
Fig.1. Still from the movie ‘Edo Porn (aka. Hokusai Manga)‘ (1981) by Kaneto Shindô
The earliest examples of tentacle erotica, long before animated pornography, can already be found in the 18th century book illustrations of ukiyo-e masters such as Kitao Shigemasa and Katsukawa Shuncho. But the most famous one is without a doubt the illustration from the 1814 novel Kinoe no komatsu, written and illustrated by Katsushika Hokusai, commonly known as The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife (Fig.2).
Fig.2. ‘The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife‘ (2018 Yuuya Shimoi wooblock remake) by Katsushika Hokusai (Price $250,-)
Sarah and Octopus
This so-called shunga design has been reworked by countless artists over the centuries. A wonderful contemporary example is the woodblock print designed by Masami Teraoka called Sarah and Octopus/Seventh Heaven‘ (2001) from the series ‘Waves and Plagues‘ (Fig.3).
Fig.3. ‘Sarah and Octopus/Seventh Heaven‘ (2001) from the series ‘Waves and Plagues‘ by Masami Teraoka (Photo source: abbatefineart.com)
Abalone Diver Tamatori
There is an interesting discrepancy between the western audiences, who experience Hokusai’s image as an involuntary encounter, and the Japanese of the Edo period who saw it is as consensual. The latter would have understood the dialogue that expresses the mutual enjoyment of both the diver and the octopuses. They also would have recognized the print as a reference to the legend of the female abalone diver Tamatori.
Fig.4. ‘The heroine Tamatori, who has entered the Dragon King’s Palace, swimming through the waves holding an outstretched sword and the Treasure Pearl, while being chased by the Dragon and all kinds of sea creatures.’ (originally published in the 1840s) by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Price Euro 525,-)
In this tale, Tamatori steals a jewel from the Dragon King (Fig.4). When she escapes she is chased by the Dragon King and his sea-life minions (including octopuses).
Contemporary censorship in Japan dates to the Meiji period. These so-called “obscenity” laws are still in force today but how this term is interpreted has not remained constant. Exposed genitalia are still illegal but the variety of acceptable sexual acts is now broad in comparison with other progressive countries.
The artist Toshio Maeda (Fig.5), one of the pioneers within the tentacle porn industry, found a handy way around the “obscenity” law. Instead of creating sensual scenes between humans, he included creatures with tentacles. Their “penis” tentacles were just part of the creature, who don’t have a gender. Toshio noted: “You know, the creatures, they don’t have a gender. A creature is a creature. So it is not obscene – not illegal.”
Fig.5. Sketch by Toshio Maeda (Source: Luccafan.com)
No Puritanical Codes at Shunga Gallery
Anyway, no puritanical codes at this section of the world wide web. At Shunga Gallery you can enjoy this sensual phenomenon in all its graphic detail…
Fig.6. ‘Tentacle BDSM art‘ (Photo source: Etsy.com)
Fig.7. ‘Tentacle Erotica III ( Tako to ama )‘ by Piera Gemelli (Photo source: Celesteprize.com)
Fig.8. ‘Behold the age old sexual prowess of the cunnilingus of Cthulhu is great‘ (Photo source: Hentaihorror.com)
Fig.9. ‘The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife‘ (Photo source: Raincoaster.com)
Fig.10. ‘Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife 2. – long-haired boy and octopus (brown ink)‘ (Photo source: Ryszberry.wordpress.com )
Fig.11. (Photo source: www.stile.it)
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Fig.16. From the satirical magazine ‘Pchela‘ (1906) (Photo source: Oneletterwords.com)
Fig.17. (Photo source: wweek.com)
Fig.18. (Photo source: Kingdomofevil3d.com)
Fig.19. (Photo source: strangeandbeautifulworld.files.wordpress.com)
Fig.20. Tentacle erotica by Will Murrai (Photo source: Artstation.com)
Fig.21. Art by Viko (Photo source: Vikowebsite.com)
Fig.22. ‘The Offering, Slave to the Tentacle‘ by Abigail Gray
Fig.23. (Photo source: Thedotspot.net)
Fig.24. (Photo source: Printussery.com)
Fig.25. (Photo source: Deviantjunction.com)
Fig.27. (Photo source: Memecenter.com)
Fig.28. (Photo source: Rebelsnotes.com)
Fig.29. (Photo source: http://www.coaching-et-formation-coaching.eu/)
Fig.30. Tripytch ‘Seductive female surrounded by tentacles‘ (2010) by Daniela Uhlig
Fig.31. ‘Naughty girl‘ (2012) by Daniela Uhlig
Fig.32. ‘Uncensored tentacle rape cartoon porn of busty big tits steampunk hentai babe gang-raped by tentacles‘ (Photo source: Hentaihorror.com)
Fig.33. ‘Tentacles‘ (2017) by Reginald Gale
Fig.34. ‘Gong Li & Tentacle‘ by Serge Birault (aka. Papa Ninja)
Fig.35. ‘Girl and tentacle‘ by Serge “Papa Ninja” Birault
Fig.36. 3D Version of ‘Harpoon girl‘ by Serge Birault (Photo source: Zbrushcentral.com)
Fig.38. (Photo source: Hentaireviews.moe/)
Fig.39. (Source: 3dwerewolfporn.com/)
Fig.40. (Photo source: amcb.be)
Fig.41. ‘Poster for the film Abyss (Topiel) (1917, Poland)‘
Fig.42. ‘Art by Bastien LeCouffe’ (Photo source: rickwayne.blog)
Fig.44. ‘Schoolgirl and octopus in a ditch‘ by Toshio Saeki
Fig.45. ‘T is for tentacles‘ (Photo source: Etsy.com)
Fig.46. ‘Ama diver and octopus in the sea‘ (c.1830) attributed to Yanagawa Shigenobu (Photo by @Tuyashun)
Fig.47. ‘Sensual fight between an ama diver and an octopus in the surf ‘ (c.1806) by an unknown artist
Fig.48. ‘La Grande Danse macabre des vifs‘ (c.1905) by Martin Van Maele (1863-1926) (Photo source: Wikipedia)
Fig.49. (Photo source: 3dmonster.xxx)
Fig.50. ‘The Untamed (La región salvaje)‘ (2016) by Amat Escalante (Photo source: Whatculture.com)
Fig.51. (Photo source: Tentaclepress)
Fig.53. (Photo source: pigbear.org)
Fig.54. Cover art by William Stout for ‘Bizarre Sex‘. Issue 10 (Kitchen Sink, Dec 1982) (Photo source: pigbear.org)
Fig.55. Cover art by John Pound for ‘Commies From Mars the Red Planet‘. Issue 2 (Last Gasp, Dec 1979) (Photo source: pigbear.org)
Fig.56 ‘Cover art by Hugh Joseph Ward for Spicy Adventure Stories (Aug 1936). Illustration for Lew Merrill’s story ‘The White Godess‘ (Photo source: picbear.org)
Fig.57. ‘Europa und Amerika‘ (Aug 1918) from the German satirical newspaper ‘Simplicissimus‘ by Wilhelm Schulz (Photo source: picbear.org)
Fig.58. ‘Cover art by Sanjulian for 1994 magazine Issue 12 (Warren, Apr 1980) (Photo source: picbear.org)
Fig.59, (Photo source: http://www.champagnecap.eu)
Fig.60. (Photo source: Picbear.org )
Fig.61. ‘Tentacle-woman‘ by Toshio Saeki
Fig.62. ‘Nude beauty, octopus and dwarf (editorial)‘ (2006) by Arthur Adams (Photo source: picbear.org)
Fig.63. ‘Avarice‘ (late 1960s) from the french magazine ‘Plexus‘ by Gilles Rimbault (Photo source: picbear.org)
Fig.64. Uncredited cover artwork for A. Merritt’s novel ‘Dwellers in the Mirage‘(Avon Books 1952)
Fig.65. Hentai parody on superheroes ‘Ms. Marvel’ gets DP’d by a tentacled creature‘ (Photo source: justlivetv.net)
Fig.66. Cover art by Emanuele Taglietti for the italian fumetto Vipera Bionda issue 12: ‘La tigre gialla‘ (1978)
Fig.67. ‘The Nonchalant Amazon Syndrome‘ by Robert Williams (Photo source: pigbear.org)
Fig.69. Cover art by Bernie Wrightson for Nightmare Theater, Issue 3 (Chaos Comics 1997).
Fig.70. Art by Yellow (2017) (Photo source: iris.paheal.net/)
Fig.71. ‘Lust‘ by Chomas (Photo source: tps://parlorofhorror.files.wordpress.com)
Fig.72. ‘Yaoi bara tentacles‘ by Datawav
Fig.73. ‘Monster Invasion‘ by Aivelin’h
Fig.74. The dream of the fisherman’s ex-wife‘ by JeromeBirti
Fig.75. ‘Night at the beach – Dream of the fisherman’s wife‘ by Radagaz
Fig.77. Sketch for a tattoo inspired by Hokusai’s ‘The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife‘ (2017) by Chris Iwaniuk
Fig.79. ‘The dream of the ancient greek fisherman’s ‘wife‘ (2015) by Mabi
Fig.81. ‘Octopus‘ by Lez ►DE◄ (Photo source: Flickr.com)
Fig.82. (Photo source: knowyourmeme.com)
Fig.83. ‘Tentacle erotica‘ by ToTrixieandReptile
Fig.88. (Source: https://www.luscious.net/)
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*Furry fandom is a subculture interested in anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics.