Traditional Tattoo in Japan: HORIKAZU

As one of the oldest forms of body decoration and religious art, tattooing plays a significant role in cultures all over the world. While the custom has been extensively documented, few published works present such detail as Traditional Tattoo in Japan: Horikazu is the recently released title from Edition Reuss doing just that.


Specializing in the traditional Japanese tebori technique—one practiced in Japan for several centuries that involves paint brushes and custom-made tools—Horikazu “draws” on his clients’ bodies with rich colors, delicate gradation and extreme precision. Japanese culture dictates that traditional tattoos are rarely displayed in public, so the massive book’s archival imagery includes several full-body portraits few would have ever seen.

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