Traditional Tattoo: Horizaku explores the fascinating esthetics, and the complex conception of motifs in traditional Japanese tattoos – displayed in gorgeous photographs, from Koi to Kabuki, from Buddha to Benzaiten.
The present selection of previously unpublished designs is a true rarity!
Photographer Martin Hladik attended the Japanese tattoo master Horikazu with his camara for years, and he presents now the lifework of a remarkable tattoo artist in spectacular images. With than 460 pictures, Traditional Tattoo: Horizaku dives into the still-hidden world of traditional Japanese tattooing.
Interviews with the late master (2011) and his successor Horikazuwaka provide intimate insights into the art of tattooing in Asakusa, and give a glance of the protagonists of a recognized dynasty of tattoo artists.
The illustrous Sanja festival in Asakusa is displayed in stirring images from past and presence. Finally photographs from Horikazu’s funeral reveal another aspect of Japanese tradition, whether closest friends pay their last respects to the master.
Text input from qualified authors provides access to the secretive world of images of Japanese tattoo art. Tattooists, tattoo fans and any art lover will certainly be thrilled by this unrivaled illustrated book.