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Traditional Tattoo in Japan -- HORIKAZU: Lifework of the Tattoo Master from Asakusa in Tokio Hardcover – 22 Oct 2012

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  • Hardcover: 492 pages
  • Publisher: Edition Reuss (22 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English, French, German
  • ISBN-10: 3943105105
  • ISBN-13: 978-3943105100
  • Product Dimensions: 30 x 4.2 x 29.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,306,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fitting tribute 3 Oct. 2013
By Richie Jingles - Published on Amazon.com
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I own a number of Edition Reuss books, and they are all huge, heavy, beautifully bound volumes for the true bibliophile, and this one is no exception. What makes this one different from all the rest is that it features the work and life of just one traditional Japanese tattoo artist---Horikazu.
The photography is, as usual, just fantastic... Almost 500 pages of photos showing the artist, his studio, his family, and most of all, all the complete body suits of his clients---it is never mentioned, but all are obviously Yakuza---the Japanese mafia. Lots of group shots, posed and candid, of the master and his blood family and the "family" of his human canvases.
There is a good deal of text---interviews with Horikazu and his son who took over the business after his death...and very informative writing about the underground world of old school Japanese tattoo.
Also included are fascinating historical photos and a large number of his preliminary drawings, all with explanations of Japanese legends. All of the text is in English, German, and French.
Even though I own many books on the subject, there was still much to be learned from this volume---highly, highly recommended.
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