Horiyoshi III

March 22, 2009

Horisyoshi III the legendary japanese tattooist who’s each piece tells a story of a million words.


“To get a full-body tattoo takes years of suffering, and that requires maturing as a human, learning to experience and overcome pain. It is as if with each piercing of the needle, they become stronger and more complete.” – Horiyoshi III


“Real beauty is often hidden. Young men want to show off: their manhood, muscles, jobs, women, cars and tattoos are all on display. As a man matures, he shows off less outside and learns to hide his beauty in his heart.” – Horiyoshi III


Horiyoshi III is revered by tattoo enthusiasts as possibly the world’s greatest horishi, or full-body tattoo artist. (Horimono are tattoos done purely for fun, while irezumi are tattoos that mark criminals.) Friendly and too cool for words, the 61-year-old loves digging his needle into people — he definitely gets under their skin while doing his beautiful works.


Although Horiyoshi considers the human body as his canvas, he has published 10 books of artwork on both paper and skin. His latest exhibition of original artwork has just commenced at the Vanilla Gallery from March 18th to April 30th. So if you’re around town and want some inspiration, don’t miss out on this opportunity.


Vanilla Gallery Presents:

Horiyoshi III – Exhibition of Original Artwork
Held: March 18th to April 30th, 2009
Admission is 500 yen

The 58 Musha Wednesday, March 18 – Tuesday, March 31

Namakubi and Ghost Thursday, April 2 – Wednesday, April 15

100 Demons Friday, April 17 – Thursday, April 30

Location: VANILLA GALLERY Kamata Bld.4F ,6-10-10 Ginza Chuo-ku Tokyo ,104-0061 TEL & FAX +81 3 5568 1233

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