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Kinryu: The Girl With the Golden Dragon Tattoo by Senju Shunga

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On Instagram, the artist Senju Shunga emphasizes the difficulty of designing the Japanese dragon in irezumi (the traditional Japanese tattoo). It is a challenge to get all the different elements right. If one part is designed in a sloppy way, the whole thing falls apart. He has designed numerous dragons in his twenty year career in irezumi […]

Senju Shunga’s Fascination for the Tattooed Kabuki Character Benten Kozō

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The excerpt below comes from the book ‘Kagami: Mirror Images of a Sensual World – Contemporary Shunga‘ by Senju Shunga. Artwork and text are from the artist… Another Kabuki character that interests me is that of Benten Kozo Kikunosuke (Fig.1) from the play Aoto Zōshi Hana no Nishikie. Just as Sukeroku (ed. another famous Kabuki play […]

The Tattooed Pigs, Gothic Trucks, and Sex-Rays of Wim Delvoye

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Today we’ll take a look at the works by a Belgian conceptual artist Wim Delvoye (born 1965), who is well-known for his ability to combine incongruous things, which will make your brain explode. Crazy Man This crazy man has a farm with alive tattooed pigs, he creates bulldozers looking like Notre-Dame de Paris, and uses […]

Male Lover Sporting a Tattoo of the Immortal Poetess Ono No Komachi

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This Kuniyoshi (using his alias Hodoyoshi here) tableau shows a couple making love. The woman’s body is partly covered by a blue kimono decorated with gourd plants (hyōtan). The man is naked except for his red loincloth, allowing us a good view of the splendid tattoo on his back, showing Ono no Komachi, one of […]

Interview With the Former Tattoo Artist Senju Horimatsu (P2)

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Welcome back to the second part (click here for part 1) of the entertaining interview with former tattoo artist Senju Horimatsu (check out his encounter with the ghost)… 7) I love two of your more recent works called ‘Musei’ and ‘Gyokumori’. They have this lovely meditative feel about them.  Is there a specific reason why […]

Interview with the Artist Senju Horimatsu on His Sensual Tattoo Art (P1)

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Of all contemporary artists who are influenced by the art of shunga, there is no one who dedicates himself so completely to this art form as the Swedish print designer/ painter Matti Senju Horimatsu (1968). This former tattoo artist reduced his activities in irezumi (traditional Japanese tattooing) and concentrated more and more on his paintings, prints […]

Takeda Hideo and His Tattooed Sensuality

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Takeda Hideo (1948) is a contemporary Japanese print artist who has made a substantial number of works dominated by tatoos and sensuality. He prefers to call himself a cartoonist, but with his original and unusual series, such as Genpei and Monmon, featuring tattooed warriors and colorful, sometimes erotic, cartoons, he has attracted a worldwide audience. […]

Ozuma Kaname and His Tortured Tattooed Beauties

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The extremely talented and prolific Japanese artist Ozuma Kaname, born in Niigata in 1939, was trained in classical Japanese painting by his uncle Sakai Soushi. From all artists from the ‘Golden age’ SM era, his work is by far most published. This is perhaps not so surprising as, in Ozuma’s art, three different specialties come […]

Colorful Shunga Designs with Tattooed Ruffians and Brigands

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Depictions with tattoos in ukiyo-e shunga appear since the mid-eighteenth century but not in earlier hand-painted works. The men wearing tattoos represented the underworld of criminal gangs (yakuza) and highway brigands. Bad Nature Every now and then, men with tattoos of dragons, gods or symbols of their bad nature (such as skeletons or dice) are portrayed having peaceful intercourse with their […]

The Hilarious Universe of Tattoo Artist Hiroshi Hirakawa

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On his site where the renowned tattoo artist Hiroshi Hirakawa presents his works he uses the subtitle ‘The Giga World‘.  Giga refers to a tradition of caricatural, satirical and humorous pictures excluding words. Almost all these ingredients are applicable to the exciting paintings of this original artist. Tattoo World His paintings are instantly recognizable as they are […]

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