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!!
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”).
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 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
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
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
Danzig Baldaev's father was an academic, an ethnologist who found himself imprisoned under Soviet rule as an enemy of the people. In fact much of Baldaev's family moved through the Soviet prison system, while he became a guard. Learn More
Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files Volume I features more than 180 photographs of Russian criminal tattoos and official police papers from the collection of Arkady Bronnikov, regarded as Russia's foremost authority on criminal tattoo iconography. Learn More
Old school tattooers (late 19th-mid 20th century) kept hoards of material that they had created, collected, and inherited. In addition to machines, tools, and pigments, this included design sheets, tracings, stencil ruboffs, paper ephemera (news articles and images that might make good designs), photos, receipt books, addresses for supply sources, and correspondence. Learn More
As the creation of Japanese woodblock prints grew in popularity in the late Edo period, tigers could be found in the designs of many important ukiyo-e artists, either alone or shown in conflict with legendary Japanese warriors and tiger-hunters such as Kato Kiyomasa, “conqueror” of Korea. Learn More
'Tattoos tell stories, even when they don't. They speak of who we are, where we've been, where we're going. They demarcate (or, sometimes, establish solidarity between) both the viewer and the body in question, to which the photographs, poetry and prose within the pages of Skin Deep will attest.' - from the introduction Learn More