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For those who admire work of Horiyoshi III, I have few more images from time when the sensei visited Foreign Correspondent Club of Japan. I just forgot those images in my iPhone.
It was second visit of this most famous Japanese tattoo master in foreign press club. He took with him two his apprentice, master’s admirers from Europe: Horikitsune (Alex Reinke) and Senju Horimatsu (Matti Sedholm).
The European artists spoke about their own involvement with tattooing. A. Reinke, a student of Horiyoshi III, talked about his early interests in Buddhism and his decision to travel to Japan to meet the master. M. Sedholm spent nearly ten years as a tattoo artist, drawing what he called “robots and monsters, easy images with very little meaning.” Once he was exposed to the work of Horiyoshi III, he sensed the deeper cultural reverberations in the folk images and the stories they told.
Both artists testified to the growing celebrity of Horiyoshi III abroad, calling him “Japan’s No.1 Ambassador of Tattooing to the World.”
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