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The Japanese Tattoo

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A crimson fish wrestles a man. A horned demon stares menacingly. These vivid scenes are tattoos, created in pain, incised in the flesh of the Yakuza, Japan's feared secret society of gangsters. They are the visions of the Irezumi, the legendary tattoo artists, who spend years creating living masterpieces. Photographer Sandi Fellman describes this strange and violent world ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published December 2nd 1987 by Abbeville Press (first published February 1st 1987)
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Woot! Tattooed penises! Owie >_<

The tattoos are so detailed and in vivid colors. The elaborately designed pictures are so compact that there aren't any gaps in between the tattooes; it gives the illusion of them wearing clothings although they are quite naked if you do not take in the high contrast from that pristine white loincloths they worn.

I've just flipped thru it (that's where I spotted those tortured penises) and have yet to go through the text so this shouldn't count as a review.
Jan 02, 2009 Renee rated it liked it
An excellent telling of the history of Japanese Tattoo's and the importance of the various symbols used for tattooing. No surprise, it seems the Japanese have much more of a purpose and ancestral connection of what is inked on their skin as opposed to the various butterflies, hearts and suns Americans tend to adorn. Many beautiful pictures of full bodied tattoos as well.
Jun 29, 2007 Nick rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Tattoo enthusiasts, artists.
Filled with beautiful pictures of traditional Japanese tattoos. This book doesn't cover much in terms of the history, meaning, or tradition of Japanese tattooing, but it does provide an excellent view of the artistry behind the tattoos.
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