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About two months ago, I was at a party in Brooklyn where I was the only tattooed person in the room (which is shocking for Brooklyn, but really, I have enough tattoos for all guests). Anyway, at some point there was an excited discussion about a Japanese artist who was creating beautiful cat art, and "Oh, by the way, Marisa," someone called out in the middle of the talk, "the cats are tattooed!"

Right away, I knew exactly what they were talking about: the work of Kazuaki "Horitomo" Kitamura known as Monmon Cats (Monmon being a Japanese term for tattoo). Monmon Cats and Horitomo's exception tattooing -- by machine and by hand -- are renowned in the tattoo industry. [Horitomo has been tattooing for over 20 years.]  Tattoo collectors travel from around the world travel to State of Grace Tattoo in San Jose, CA, to get a tattoo from him -- even tattoos of his Monmon Cats (as shown below).  But I thought it particularly cool that the work resonated so greatly well beyond our community.

Then, last week, I saw on the State of Grace Facebook page that all things Monmon Cats are featured on one site.

The tattooed cat portal features artwork including prints & tattoos, and is also a one-stop-shop for the Monmon Cats book and apparel and other merchandise. The design is also super-fun and fitting for this type of work. I highly recommend checking it out, whether you have a full body suit or not one tattoo at all.

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11:03 AM
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Last we checked, there were only a few seats left for the Horitomo, Fudo Myo-o drawing seminar that's happening this Sunday at Kings Ave NYC (all attendees will also receive a copy of his book Immovable, which we wrote up earlier in the year).

Head on over to the Kings Ave blog to for details on how to enroll in the class.

07:22 PM
Horitomo Immovable.jpgDedicating his life to Japanese tattooing and educating others on the art, Kazuaki "Horitomo" Kitamura -- resident artist at State of Grace in San Jose -- not only keeps the tebori hand tattoo traditions alive but also the rich history of the art and the meanings behind its iconic motifs.

In "Immovable: Fudo Myo-o Tattoo Design By Horitomo," he shares this knowledge in a beautifully illustrated 9" by 13" softcover art book. Fudo Myo-o (also known as Acala, which translates into "immovable") is one of the Five Wisdom Kings in Buddhism. His role is to fight ignorance and delusions, and lead people to self-discipline and peace. He is shown sitting on a pedestal, surrounded by flames (among other representative elements), but of course there are many artistic ways to embody this Esoteric Buddhist icon. In these pages, Horitomo presents various interpretations of Fudo Myo-o, often with information on that particular composition.

What I particularly enjoy about this book is how he breaks down the elements of many of his drawings; for example, he highlights the different manifestations of weapons, hairstyles and garments. He even devotes pages to close-ups of postures. It's an excellent study for artists, but also a great resource for anyone fascinated by Buddhist art and stories.

"Immovable" is available at State of Grace Publishing for $120 (US orders) and $150 (outside US).

If you'd like to learn about Fudo Myo-o drawing and design from Horitomo himself, he'll be giving a seminar with Horitaka on July 29th at 10am at the Kings Avenue NYC location (188 Bowery 2nd floor at the corner of Spring St). The cost of the seminar is $200 ($220 by PayPal). Space is limited. More info on the Kings Ave blog.

I also recommend checking out Horitomo's spectacular portfolio, which includes the tattoos shown below.

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06:39 PM
Ok, this story is going to dwarf our tee and print giveaway, but hell, I'll share:
A 46-year-old mixed martial arts trainer from Liverpool, Australia ended up winning a full dragon backpiece (shown above left) modeled after that of a video game character (shown right) in the SEGA Yakuza franchise. SEGA Australia held the contest about a year ago to promote the new Yakuza 4 game, which drops today along with the tattoo unveiling.

The backpiece was tattooed by Josh Roelink, of Tatudharma Studios in Sydney, over six months in four-hour sessions with three-week intervals. See images of the tattoo process here.

Josh did not design the artwork for the game -- Horitomo of State of Grace did -- but Josh got his approval to re-create it. There's a great interview with Horitomo from a few years back in which he discusses the design work for SEGA but also his tattoo art and thoughts on Japanese tattoo culture. Worth a click.

For more on Horitomo, check this profile excerpt in Tattoo Artist Magazine. And for more on Josh, watch his interview with BMEtv.
04:13 PM
To date, all of my tattoos have been born and raised in the chair - and sometimes the table - of Mike Rubendall at King's Ave Tattoo in Massapequa, Long Island.  So, as I prepare my pectorals for a touch-up session at the end of the month (which i wrote about here and here), I was happy to see that the Long Island Press has done a massive, five-page profile on The Man, himself.

The article covers a wide spectrum of information, from his apprentice days under Frank Romano at Da Vinci Tattoo, to getting chaffeured to Manhattan to tattoo rapper Damon Dash (and an interesting exchange with Naomi Campbell), to Rubendall's global travels to get his own body-suit completed by Filip Leu, Chris Trevino and Horitomo.

I would highly recommend checking the article, but if you're pinched for time or are simply entertained by blinking lights and buzzing machines, you can check out the video below.

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