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ON THE ROAD at Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens: Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World

February 26 - May 8, 2016

TRAVELING EXHIBITION

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
Delray Beach, FL

Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World is a groundbreaking photographic exhibition that explores the master craftsmanship of traditional Japanese tattoos and their enduring influence on modern tattoo practices.

Even as Japanese-style tattooing has moved into the mainstream, it remains an enigmatic and misunderstood art form. Mainstream Japanese society denounces it as a criminal practice, associating it more with some of its yakuza clientele than with its respected artists. Western practitioners and aficionados, on the other hand, often lack knowledge of the practice’s long history, reducing it to an exotic form of decoration.

Perseverance aims to shift the conversation around Japanese tattoo practice by examining it as a serious art form, placing it in a rich artistic lineage that includes ukiyo-e and other traditional Japanese printing techniques. The exhibition also looks at the vibrancy of current Japanese-style tattoo practices, which include hybrid styles developed by practitioners in Japan, Europe, and the United States.

Designed by artist Kip Fulbeck and curated by master tattoo artist and author Takahiro Kitamura, Perseverance features stunning color photographs by Fulbeck of the work of seven internationally acclaimed tattoo artists: Horishiki (Chris Brand), Ryudaibori (formerly Horitaka), Horitomo, Junii, Miyazo, Shige, and Yokohama Horiken, along with additional images of works by other artists. The accompanying catalogue includes full-color reproductions along with informative essays by the curators and several contributing artists.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens
4000 Morikami Park Rd.
Delray Beach, FL 33446

For more information about this presentation, contact 561.495.0233 or visit their website at morikami.org/perseverance.

 

Visit the JANM exhibition site for more information, artist bios, and more.

Perseverance was on display at the Japanese American National Museum from March 8 through September 14, 2014.

 

 

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