Once upon a time, before the advent of the indie rocker and the alternative chick, before primitivism became a style trend and tattoo parlors set up shop on the good avenues, tattoos were the secret language of a restricted world, a world of criminals. Learn More
MODERN PRIMITIVES: An anthropological inquiry into a contemporary social enigma - the increasingly popular revival of ancient human decoration practices such as symbolic/deeply personal tattooing, multiple piercings, and ritual scarification. Learn More
The place of tattoos in the cultural milieu of China and Japan today parallels their standing in society in the west in many ways; associations with gangs, outlaws and degenerate subcultures are commonly held perceptions. Learn More
Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-89) was only 6 years old when he joined the school of the great ukiyo-e master Utagawa Kuniyoshi, along with such fellow pupils as Yoshitoshi, who followed him in 1850. Learn More
The female ghost or yurei (literally, "faded spirit”) is perhaps the most recognizable figure in Japanese horror culture, powerfully reinforced through the success of Japanese ghost films such as Ringu ("The Ring”) and Ju-On ("The Grudge”).
Monmon is another word used to describe the Japanese tattoo. This beautiful little book contains the paintings of Horitomo's tattoo cats! The cats are beautifully drawn in classic japanese style and decorated with beautiful japanese tattoos. Amazing!!
Anna Mudd's story of getting her first tattoo. Her love of picture books led her to get a drawing of Ferdinand the Bull permanently inked on her body. It also led to her first post-tattoo freakout. Learn More