Traditional Japanese tattooing is called irezumi, or horimono, among other names. The selections of irezumi offered below represent many facets of this strong and beautiful tattoo style which is among the world’s oldest.
Some of the works were shaded and colored using the traditional Japanese hand tattooing method, which is called Tebori. This method was taught to me by the great Master Horikoi of Toyohashi Japan.
Most of the black and grey Japanese backgrounds of these horimono were done with the traditional hand ground sumi ink of Japan, another tradition that is hundreds of years old and imparts a one of a kind subtlety to the work which is intrinsic to the Japanese tattoo.