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    Peau de brocart: tatouages japonais
de Philippe Pons

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Les peaux de brocart, peaux ornementées dont le Japon s'est fait un art, témoignent pour l'abnégation et l'éphémère. Philippe Pons consacre au tatouage japonais un ouvrage précieux, finement illustré, sans exotisme ... A vif, ce qui compte, c'est l'imaginaire iconographique, ses canons, le travail de la scène, les maîtres et écoles bien exemplifiés dans le livre et les techniques élaborées. On ne pratique plus l' 'abekono mikiri' - ces dégradés qui se fondaient en fin de course en la couleur même de la peau, comme le fruit se fond en jouissance. Le dessin par incision reste de l'ordre de l' 'adabana', une de ces fleurs pour rien, qui ne donneront jamais de fruits ... Si, devant cette "beauté secrète qui s'offre, dans son dévoilement, comme l'expression gravée sur la peau des ténèbres que chacun porte en soi", on ne conserve pas en soi, aussi intact que possible, le sentiment d'étrangeté et de gravité que seul l'amusement est capable de préserver, on sera, devant "la peau du courage" comme d'autres devant le mystère des corps : blasé, étourdi et méfiant. Ce dont le livre de Philippe Pons aide à se départir. (Francis Marmande, Le Monde, 29 décembre 2000)

Aucun pays n'a poussé la technique du tatouage aussi loin que le Japon. Non seulement les crapuleux "mort aux vaches" ou "à maman" que se faisaient inscrire dans la chair les voyous d'antan, mais de véritables tableaux polychromes qui couvrent parfois le corps en entier. Patrick Pons se fait l'enquêteur minutieux de cette pratique élevée au rang d'un véritable art majeur, avec ses maîtres révérés et ses chefs-d'œuvre vivants, ses rituels et ses fantasmes.(Télérama, le 29 novembre 2000)
 


Bushido : Legacies of the Japanese Tattoo
par Takahiro Kitamura, Katie M. Kitamura

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Book Description

This gorgeous book delves into the elusive world of traditional Japanese tattooing. The Samurai spirit, Bushido, is an integral component of Japanese tattooing that is traced through the imagery and interpersonal dynamics of this veiled subculture. The eloquent text is based largely on Takahiro Kitamuras experiences as client and student of the famed Japanese tattoo master, Horiyoshi III. Over 200 beautiful photos by Jai Tanju capture the breathtaking tattoo artistry of Horiyoshi III. Five original, unpublished prints by Horiyoshi III, like those in his acclaimed book, 100 Demons of Horiyoshi III, are included here. Bushido: Legacies of the Japanese Tattoo is certain to fascinate everyone with an interest in tattoo culture. 

About the Author

Takahiro Kitamura, who tattoos as Horitaka, currently resides and works in California. Katie Kitamura is pursuing a doctoral degree at the University of London. Jai Tanju is a photographer in San Jose, California. 


 
The Japanese Tattoo
by Sandi Fellman, D. M. Thomas (Designer)

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In the fall of 1982, Sandi Fellman, a young American photographer visiting Japan, began the series of colour portraits in this striking volume. Her subjects were the Irezumi, a secretive group of people drawn from the underworld of Tokyo and Osaka. To meet these men and women who had chosen to have themselves transformed through tattooing into living works of art was difficult, to gain their trust and to persuade them to bare themselves for an American woman and huge Polaroid camera was an essay in cultural contradiction. But Sandi Fellman's unstinting effort has produced an extraordinary collection of photographs, which at once document a cultural phenomenon virtually unknown in the West (and in Japan as well) and reveal a tradition of artistry and dedication that knows no national boundaries. 

We enter through Ms Fellman's large-format Polaroid prints into a strange and even frightening world where members of the Yakuza, the Japanese equivalent of the Mafia, spend hundreds of thousands of yen and hundreds of hours of pain and torment being tattooed. The range of the tattoo images is varied, examples reproduced here are drawn from Japanese mythology, Kabuki theatre, and extend to the lexicon of the comic book and biker symbology. The works are executed by well-trained artists, men who have served an exacting apprenticeship with an acknowledged master, and who will eventually inherit his clientele and his working name. Fellman notes in her text the ways in which the tattooer plays " with combinations of belief, fact and fiction, transferring fleeting prayers into mortal permanence, disfiguring so as to adorn, and drawing equally from beauty anf the grotesque ".


Tattoos of the Floating World: Ukiyo-E Motifs in Japanese Tattoo
par Takahiro Kitamura, Katie M. Kitamura 

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Book Description

This unique book by tattoo artist Takahiro Kitamura (Horitaka, a pupil of Horiyoshi III) discusses the art of the Japanese tattoo in the context of Ukiyo-e, concentrating on the parallel histories of the woodblock print and the tattoo. Through high quality illustrations it shows that the Japanese tattoo is highly reliant on and linked to the woodblock print and that it deserves a position among the other art forms. A range of typical ukiyo-e motifs in the Japanese tattoo are discussed and illustrated by the original Japanese prints, and sketches, drawings and tattoos by tattoo master Horiyoshi III. The book ends with a special essay by Don Ed Hardy. 


 
Written On Skin: Irezumi: The Art Of Japanese Tattoo
par Takashi Kashiwagi

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Book Description

Irezumi is the traditonal Japanese art of full-body tattooing by hand. Recorded by a world-renowned photographer of irezumi, this is a study of the art of Horioshi III, a living legend in Japan's ancient and complex world of traditional tattoo. The pages follow a young woman as she embarks on the painful process of acquiring her own full-body tattoo. The stunning photography is complemented by an erudite, though never intrusive, account of irezumi --and throughout the book are images of completed works of irezumi by Horioshi III and other masters, both living and dead. This beautiful cloth bound book is a story of a young woman, and art book, a photography book and a meditation on the origins, meanings, rituals, and uncertain future of tradiitonal Japanese tattoo.

 


 
Designing With Kanji: Japanese Character Motifs for Surface, Skin & Spirit
de Shogo Oketani, Leza Lowitz

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Japanese kanji characters combine meaning with beauty and thus offer a unique medium for artistic expression. But if you don’t know the language, how do you find characters that say what you want and are not just a "kanji cliche"? You can start here. This attractive book has over one hundred thirty kanji presented in a simple format for easy use. For example:

Post the kanji for kenshin on a mirror to remind you of your "devotion" to your studies.
Embroider bussho on a meditation cushion to help you reflect on "Buddha nature."
Tattoo the name Zatoichi on your upper arm as homage to your favorite blind swordsman hero.
Show your "love" with a card decorated by ai.

Pick from Warrior, Heart, Nature, and Spirit categories to find the characters that express your sentiments best. Each entry includes historical or etymological background, often with unusual "kanji facts." Then trace, photocopy, or even stencil the clear letterforms—displayed in several different kanji "fonts"—to get just the effect you want. Included is an introduction to kanji, writing tips, and a special supplement on Zodiac kanji (great for birthdays!).

 


 
Treasury of Japanese Designs and Motifs for Artists and Craftsmen (Dover Pictorial Archives)
de Carol Grafton

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This exceptionally versatile collection of traditional Japanese designs and motifs presents the working artist with a treasury of 360 copyright-free designs. All have been adapted by noted artist Carol Belanger Grafton for ready use by illustrators, designers, and crafts people.

 

 

 


Première édition le 13 octobre 2004
Modifiée le 02 juillet 2010