The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife
The first instance of tentacle eroticism (aka squid porn) is largely attributed to legendary Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai who created an erotic woodcut of the ukiyoue (‘pictures of the floating world’) genre around 1820 called The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife (aka ‘Pearl Diver and Two Octopuses’) depicting a woman entwined sexually with a pair of octopuses.
A movie was made about Katsushika Hokusai called Hokusai Manga (aka Edo Porn). Below is a scene from the movie.
Artists over the years and across cultures have seemingly been inspired by this piece of artwork and have attempted their own interpretations. Australian artist David Laity created a storm when he exhibited his interpretation.
Norwegian sculpture Rune Olsen examined censorship in society and within ourselves with For Everything I Long to Do, based on Hokusai’s Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife.
In 2001, Masami Teraoka painted Sarah and Octopus/Seventh Heaven.
Katsushika Hokusai is often considered the grandfather of Japan’s hugely popular hentai genre of anime and manga, tentacle rape or shokushu goukan (触手強姦), where women are attacked and penetrated by tentacled creatures.