Anyone who rides a motorcycle lives, to some degree, in the margins of society. Where members of the herd drive Toyota Camrys and hipster hatchbacks, bikers opt for Harley-Davidsons, Triumphs, and Ducatis, putting themselves out there like raised middle fingers thrust at the ordinary citizens of the world. And just as a motorcyclist’s ride is an affront to the sensibilities of the meek and the conventional, so too is the ink on his or her skin. Learn More
The story of the 47 ronin - a band of samurai who became masterless after the enforced seppuku (ritual suicide) of their daimyo, Asano Takumi-no-Kami Naganori - is a legend which stems from a true historical episode of deadly revenge during the period 1701-1703. Learn More
A profusely illustrated tour of the art, history, and folkways of tattooed women is now in paperback. Even after decades of feminist progress, the practice of tattooing remains controversial. Bodies of Subversion traces the history of women and tattoo in Western society from the early 1880s to today. Learn More
Danish Tattooing traces the visual development of tattoo culture in Denmark from 1895 up to the present day, including the Golden Age of the 1960s which is particularly rich on fascinating tales from a rough scene. Learn More
Ukiyo-e, the art of woodblock design and printing, enjoyed a symbiosis with the kabuki theater almost from its inception in the late 17th century, with a significant number of images devoted to the popular theater. Learn More
UKIYO-E - "images from the floating world” - were the most popular art-form of 19th century Japan. Like modern-day manga, these prints could be mass-produced and were admired by people from all sectors of society; and as in manga, the art of ukiyo-e included significant sub-genres dealing in violence, erotica and horror.