bold and highly developed style

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Hi everyone! I'm not sure about the meaning of the word "bold" here. Does it mean "very bright or very dark; striking to the eye;"?

the context is as follows:
Asia has long had its own tattoo culture. Japan is famed for its bold and highly developed style.

Hong Kong is also a bastion -- the port city catering to British sailors of old, giving rise to a mixture of traditional western tattoos -- the rose, the anchor -- with oriental motifs such as the dragon and the tiger.

  • Barque

    You could be right. But I think this definition might be the one intended: beyond the usual limits of conventional thought or action; imaginative.

    We need a Japanese contributor. Or someone with a Japanese tattoo.
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