Bushido: Legacies Of The Japanese Tattoo

It was a quiet weekend. So, I had time to visit my favorite Bookstore. No, I don’t go there to buy motorcycle magazines (I receive them all at the shop), but just to pick up a few new books I like to keep by my bedside in case of insomnia (I have quite a few). So, how not to notice such a gorgeous cover among thousand of hard cover books waiting to be wrapped for the holidays. Bushido? I had to know right away what it means. The Samurai spirit, Bushido, is an integral component of Japanese tattooing that is traced through the imagery and interpersonal dynamics of this veiled subculture. The text of this book is based largely on Takahiro Kitamuras experiences as client and student of the famed Japanese tattoo master, Horiyoshi III. Over 200 beautiful photos by Jai Tanju capture the breathtaking tattoo artistry of Horiyoshi III. It also includes five original, unpublished prints. You don’t need to have Tattoos or to want one to read this one. A book you want to keep in your collection. Legacies Of The Japanese Tattoo.        

4 Responses to “Bushido: Legacies Of The Japanese Tattoo”

  1. 1 DJ Chopper God Dec 11th, 2006 at 9:32 pm

    Great book. My friend and former Chicago Bear ( if there are former Bears ) Shawn Gale has a full Horiyoshi III Back piece. He had to make seven visits to Japan to finish it. I have a few Japanese style pieces including my stomach which is a work in progress. Take a look if your want at MySpace


  2. 2 Cyril Huze Dec 12th, 2006 at 7:29 am

    Went to MySpace. Very nice Japanese pieces. Do you compete in tattoo shows?

  3. 3 DJ Chopper God Dec 12th, 2006 at 9:14 am

    Nope. I don’t even go to them. I just like Japanese, lowbrow hotrod, and American hardline tattoos. For me it just kinda happened over time. The rest is history written all over me. By the way I kind of accidentally doubled up on the Billy Lane posts, which in retrospect I regret even posting because I should have known it was a slippery slope. I wouldn’t at all be disappointed if you took them off because I’m kinda in the same position as you when it come’s to that whole mess. By the way I mentioned it in other posts but I will be contacting you at some point about one of your springers. Getting a little off the topic here so I’ll end by saying that Irizumi ( floating world ) tattooing is interesting on many levels and that is a great book which is a must have for anyone serious about traditional Japanese tattoos.


  4. 4 tish Sep 17th, 2007 at 4:27 pm

    the tatoos on this picture look very like the guy who works in irizumi where i get my tatoos is this him? its been driving me crazy trying to work out if it is?

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