Thursday, 24 May 2012


I went to a presentation of the work of Horiyoshi III, a master tattooist, at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan. Interesting to hear that tattoos were punishment early in Japan's history (and how, I suppose, that reflects in the elaborate tattoos of the yakuza today, perhaps). To parallel a crackdown on crime, the Osaka governor has just announced that he feels that city workers with tattoos should leave for the private sector, which perhaps lumps those with regular tattoos together with criminals a tad too easily! Horiyoshi brought along samples – "samples" being these brave and proud bods, including the award-winning, full-body designs on the man (fifth from the left: and a former school teacher, not a yakuza!) I'll post more when the FCCJ's magazine with the feature comes out.

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