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MATCHA: Japanese Tattoo at Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

June 30th, 2010

There’s more to getting inked than you think. Takahiro Kitamura — aka “HORITAKA,” apprentice to the revered master Horiyoshi III — is an author, prolific tattoo artist, and owner of San Joses State of Grace. He will deliver a talk on the time-honored art of Japanese tattoos, a rich culture of beauty, commitment, and history. See LIVE demonstrations of employing both traditional (no electric needles!) and modern techniques. Joining Horitaka’s diverse, talented crew of tattooists are special guests from Japan — Shige, a powerhouse tat artist who’s showcased all over the world; Mutsuo, who’s designed for Bathing Ape and Hysteric Glamour; and Kazunobu Nagashima, a client of Shige who will proudly display his backpiece, which won a 2007 Milano Tattoo Convention award. In addition, dip into the world of Zen among ancient Samurai warriors through a guided tour of the galleries, learn about Japanese altars, sample teas by Ito En, soak up DJ Saiman’s aural offerings, enjoy a cocktail with friends, and much more.

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25 Responses to “MATCHA: Japanese Tattoo at Asian Art Museum of San Francisco”

  1. comment number 1 by: inkhead5000


  2. comment number 2 by: violetart08

    wow. that dragon on that guys back at the end was amazing!

  3. comment number 3 by: harleyghost

    what beautiful artwork on these living canvases.

  4. comment number 4 by: MontrealChic

    @Jetbus90 they’re not trying to represent San Francisco but just they’re art. It would be a disgrace if someone like you tried to represent San Francisco you don’t even know how to spell it and i’m frigging Canadian!

  5. comment number 5 by: ManekiNeko28

    You do not understand the Japanese people, at all. The Japanese consider tattoos to be offensive. They associate tattoos as something a gangster and/or an unlawful person would present themselves. What you do not understand is this….the REAL Japanese try really, really hard to be law abiding people. It is their way. peace.

  6. comment number 6 by: xX1AzNYoungstaXx

    @jack604 I thought that too for a minute, since yakuza leaders have full body tattoos just like that one guy in this vid

  7. comment number 7 by: Jetbus90

    its a disgrace when asians try to represent San Fransico

  8. comment number 8 by: PERKINSPRODUCTIONS1

    check out my art

  9. comment number 9 by: TheSkavenger13


  10. comment number 10 by: Chuloloc

    Awesome. Amazing. Much respect for Japan.

  11. comment number 11 by: Clarince1

    I’m gnna get a spiritual dragon guarding the heavens on a sunrise and in each hands cletches 2 orbs representing an everyday typical working being with japanese word of Honor and perserverance or for a fighter. Honor and Dignity  anyone that represents hardworking, moneymaking prideful ppl get this tattoo on their back. Hand of the guardian protects you and your principles everyday

  12. comment number 12 by: mercedezbenso

    its free if you let me rape your young sister, im a tattoo artist thats gives free ink for fresh tight vagina. so if any of you girls wants some japanese style tats, i can make it happend just drop down your pantys and let me fuck that vagina then lets get the tattoing going, i take by apointments only so message me now, ASAP

  13. comment number 13 by: whiteninjaz88

    true, but if they were yakuza, they would be called yakuza not yakuzas, there’s no plural in japanese language.

  14. comment number 14 by: jack604

    looks like a buncha yakuzas to me LOL

  15. comment number 15 by: PhillipGuterez

    I want to see the tatts not all this talking.

  16. comment number 16 by: APPLEoner1

    I love this kind of art and same with hokusai

  17. comment number 17 by: KH132

    i think so

  18. comment number 18 by: 93sifuentes

    the hand form has to hurt haha mine werent bad cus they were electric bt that just has so suck hahaha

  19. comment number 19 by: deathcokecans

    whorey taco? 😮

  20. comment number 20 by: koosdechauffur

    now that you mention it, it does look like ami from miami ink.. not sure if its actually him though

  21. comment number 21 by: jayjaythagreat

    0:59 is that ami james??

  22. comment number 22 by: MichelleKenobi

    I was just at MATCHA for the sake tasting, tea ceremony and Samurai exhibit. AAM: Great museum.

  23. comment number 23 by: thandieu222001


  24. comment number 24 by: modelolomas

    who cares loser

  25. comment number 25 by: TattoosNYC

    check out tattoos nyc and tatted up nyc

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