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Japanese men have been marked by tattoo artists for the past 300 years. Today’s urbane Japanese youth continue the tradition, proudly creating and wearing this ever changing art form. Over 530 breathtaking color photos display a vast range of Japanese tattoos, from traditional full-body forms repleat with classical images steeped in symbolism, including Horimono, to modern One-Point style, heavily influenced by the cultures of the West. The fascinating text provides a glimpse of Japan’s youth culture and recounts, through personal interviews, stories of Japanese masters of the tattoo art, including Senseis Horihide, Horiyoshi III, Horitoshi I, Horiyasu, and Horikoi. Readers will see some of the most intricate tattoo art in the world, while traveling through time from the 19th century Edo Floating World to the busy streets of modern Tokyo.
Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″ | 538 | 176 pp
ISBN13: 9780764321429 | Binding: soft cover
Michael McCabe is a tattoo artist and cultural anthropologist who has published extensively about tattooing in Asia, Europe, and the United States.