Horiyoshi III Apps
05:14 PM
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Tons of tattoo-related apps have flooded the iTunes store, but a number are indeed worthy of precious space on your iPhone and iPads. Two such apps, which share the work of Horiyoshi III (one of Japan's foremost tattoo masters), are  Horiyoshi 3 and "100 Demons."

The recently released Horiyoshi 3 app is a digital compendium of "photos and drawings for an intimate view of his life and works" -- with some never-before-seen sketches. There are also images of his studio and his Yokohama tattoo museum. You can do a keyword search through images and bookmark your favorite images. They can also be emailed, which could be handy if you want to give your tattooist some ideas for your next work (for inspiration, not copying of course). It's available on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch for $4.99.

The "100 Demons" app is the digital version of the Master's 1998 book of illustrations of Japanese demons and mythological creatures and warriors -- which is no longer in print nor available digitally elsewhere. As stated in its iTunes description, "By working closely with the original publisher, we have been granted exclusive rights to release the book in this form. In addition, Horiyoshi III himself has personally reviewed and approved this release." The chapters are easy to navigate and images can be viewed in picture frame mode for a better look. It's available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch for $9.99.

Both are worth the money, especially for fans of Japanese tattoo art.

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