Horiyoshi III (Yoshihito Nakano) born 1946 is a contemporary master of traditional Japanese tattoo art (Irezumi). He makes whole body tattoos with motifs and symbols such as dragons, tigers, peonies, cherry blossoms and carp. Inspiration for the tattoos is taken from everything from paintings and woodcuts to kimonos and porcelain objects. Japanese tattoo art by Horiyoshi III shows for the first time both photographs of the tattoos, taken by photographer Juan Puente, and the objects that are the inspiration.
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The items come from the East Asian Museum in Stockholm and from the Yokohama Tattoo Museum in Japan. The main text is written by the tattoo artist and author Takahiro Kitamura. The book is published in collaboration with the Eastern Asian Museum. Takahiro Kitamura is a Japanese / American resident of California. He has been a student of Horiyoshi since 1998 and has his own tattoo workshop. He has previously written several books on tattoos and participates in Tattoo Life Magazine.
Koala Press Stockholm