Tattoo by Horitomo. Photo by Kip Fulbeck.
Listed below are public programs presented at the Japanese American National Museum in conjunction with Perseverance.
Celebrate the opening of Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World with live tattooing and lectures led by the artists featured in the exhibition.
LIVE TATTOO DEMONSTRATIONS
ARATANI CENTRAL HALL
Featured artists from the exhibition will be tattooing live, up-close-and-personal, showcasing various forms of Japanese tattooing, including tebori, a traditional Japanese hand tattooing form.
TATEUCHI DEMOCRACY FORUM
(located in glass building across plaza)
Artists and contributors will talk about their work in the exhibition and the importance of the art of tattoo in their life.
•1 p.m.: Greg Kimura, President/CEO, Japanese American National Museum
•1:30 p.m.: Kip Fulbeck, Perseverance Designer & Photographer
•2 p.m.: Takahiro Horitaka Kitamura, Perseverance Curator
•2:30pm: Tattoo Model Unveiling, Takahiro Horitaka Kitamura and Kip Fulbeck
•3 p.m.: Junko Junii Shimada
•3:30 p.m.: Chris Horishiki Brand
•4 p.m.: Jill Horiyuki Halpin
•4:30 p.m.: Chaz Bojorquez
The event will conclude with a signing of the exhibition catalogue with all artists. Check back for details on how to purchase your own catalogue.
Regular admission is required for entry. Purchase admission at the front desk of the Museum on event day. No pre-payment accepted. Last entrance to the National Museum will be at 5 p.m.
Lectures will take place in the Tateuchi Democracy Forum in the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy (glass building across the Courtyard from main building). Admission required for entry. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis, until maximum capacity is reached. Seating is limited so arrive early!
FREE ALL DAY!
Celebrate JANM’s groundbreaking exhibition Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World with tattoo and printmaking-inspired activities for the whole family!
ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:
11:30 a.m./1 p.m.: Mark Langill, Los Angeles Dodgers Team Historian and Publications Editor, and Koji Steven Sakai, JANM Programs Manager, will lead a family-friendly gallery tour of Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game. The two curators will share the inside story of how the exhibition was put together.
12 p.m.–2 p.m.: Watch a live screen printing demonstration by Grow Your Own Media, Atwater Village’s community print shop, as they print special JANM-designed posters for you to take home. Posters available while supplies last.
12 p.m.–2 p.m.: Get a fun temporary henna tattoo! (For children only, line will end at 1:30 p.m. Please note henna tattoos generally last 1–4 weeks.)
2 p.m.–4 p.m.: Go deluxe with a realistic temporary airbrush tattoo! (For children only, line will end at 3:30 p.m. Please note airbrush tattoos generally last 2–7 days.)
3 p.m.: Samurai warrior imagery, which plays a significant role in the Perseverance exhibition, comes to life in a demonstration of Shinkendo, the Japanese art of swordsmanship. This exciting live display is presented by Honbu Dojo, the world headquarters of Shinkendo instruction.
Sponsored by Target.
Screening of the documentary film Ed Hardy: Tattoo the World. The film tells the story of Don Ed Hardy, a fine artist whose obsession with tattoos launched an empire. Heavily influenced by the Japanese tradition, Hardy’s distinctive designs brought tattoo culture into the mainstream and inspired a popular line of clothing and accessories.
A discussion with producer/director Emiko Omori will follow the screening. Please note this film is not rated and may not be appropriate for all ages.
Bakuchi-uchi: Ippiki Ryu (The Dragon Tattoo) is a classic 1967 fictional yakuza film that delves into the world of Japanese tattoos in Osaka. Featured Perseverance artist Junii will lecture on the tattoos in the film, including the real tattoos worn by the actors. Clips from film to be presented along with lecture. Entire film will not be screened.