"Traditional Tattoo in Japan: HORIKAZU"
German publishers Edition Reuss -- those fine folks who have published my tattoo books -- have two gorgeous new hardcovers that will be released this September. I'm writing about them in two posts today.
"Traditional Tattoo in Japan: HORIKAZU. Lifework of the Tattoo Master from Asakusa in Tokyo" is another monster hardcover with more than 460 photos by photographer Martin Hladik who has documented the life and work Japanese tattoo master Horikazu for years until his death. Stunning images -- from rows of men with full bodysuits by the master to intimate looks into his family life -- populate the 492 pages along with interviews with Horikazu (2011) and text (German, English, & French) on Japanese tattoo traditions by Miho Kawasaki, Fiona Graham, Agnes Giard, and Eberhard J. Wormer. The master's successor, Horikazuwaka, further offers insight into the art of tattooing in Asakusa and "the recognized dynasty of tattoo artists."
Photo by Martin Hladik.
Portraits and close-ups of Horikazu's work are presented in the large format (29.2 x 29.2cm), full cover art book. There are also photos from the Sanja Festival in Asakusa, and finally, images from Horikazu's funeral where his close friends pay their last respects.
A must for lovers of Japanese tattooing -- and all forms of tattoo art.
Look out for it in September on Amazon.com, Hermansky Books, and Last Gasp, among other book sellers. The book retails for 120 Euro, about 146 Dollars.
Photos by Martin Hladik.