I have just purchased this book,
handmade Japanese Tattoo Book Lg Format 1973 Yakuza, Dragon Full body
Does anyone know anything about it?
Any sites I can go find out about it see if I was ripped off lol
The guy I bought this from wrote this description of it, maybe some of you guys know the artists mentioned?
In all of my years of collecting and working with tattoo art sources, I have never seen another one. It is 15″ x 10.5″, 200+ pages, 2 1/2″ thick.
It comprises prints of the work of many of the world’s most reknowned Japanese tattoo artists, such as Horiyoshi III, Horitaka, Hori-Goro, Hori-Mono, Hori-Hide, Hori-Cho and many many more.
After the introductory pages and a layer of rice paper are sets of black heavy, heavy construction-type paper. On the right is a silver-printed index of the tattoo work with the title (such as Dragon) and the artist’s name is Kanji and English. On the left side, a handmade print is hand-cut-out and affixed with adhesive to the black construction paper backing.
This entire book is handmade! On some pieces, a double-wide page of black baking paper is used which folds out to 17×15 onto which multiple images of the same tattoo are affixed. At the end, there is a 30-page black on white history written in Kanji. I believe this gives background information. The condition of the book is overall excellent. Inside the book, the spine needs a little repair but it is not necessary. After all, this is a 40-year-old book.
It came from a bookshop owned by someone related to the very famous tattoo master Cliff Raven who was a contemporary of Don Ed Hardy. There is light wear on the jacket and a few dusty areas that can be cleaned off. This is a reference work of the artists that define that style, grace and history of Japanese Tattooing. I’m sure that very very few were made and it must have been incredibly expensive since it’s handmade.
the first picture is work of horiyoshi III, second by someone named hori-gohtaro(hori-goro), i can tell who the third one is but the b/w one after that is horicho.
this looks to be a really cool book!
Have u heard of ed hardy clothes? Those are all designs by don ed hardy. Possibly the most famous and iconic American tattooers of our era. Not sure who cliff raven is.
Chicago Tattoo and Piercing Company was opened by him.