Art Meets Taboo in the Tradition of Japanese Tattoos
Born Yoshihito Nakano, Horiyoshi III is a renowned specialist of traditional full-body tattoos done by hand. His work has transcended the mystery, exclusivity, and taboo surrounding this artform, bringing him to international prominence. He apprenticed under the tattoo master Shodai Horiyoshi of Yokohama for ten years, and developed his own practice which elaborates on ukiyo-e, the Edo period's "pictures of the floating world," with a contemporary perspective. In recent years, he has extended his artistic practice into kakejiku (scroll painting), rendering traditional Japanese folktales, calligraphy, and religious subjects in traditional mineral pigments.
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Ronin Gallery | NYC
Japanese, b. 1946, Japan, based in Japan