"The "spiral pattern" is not normally associated with horror fiction. Usually spiral patterns mark character’s cheeks in Japanese comedy cartoons, representing an effect of warmth. However, I thought it could be used in horror if I drew it a different way. Spirals are one of the popular Japanese patterns from long ago, but I don’t know what the symbol represents.
I think spirals might be symbolic of infinity. The different stages of the spiral (in “Uzumaki”) were definitely inspired from the mysterious novels of H.P. Lovecraft. His expressionism with regard to atmosphere greatly inspires my creative impulse.”
- Junji Ito on the symbolism of spirals in his work (x).