Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World

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Photograph: Kip Fulbeck, courtesy Japanese American National Museum
Tattoo by Shige

This groundbreaking photographic exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum chronicles the history of Japanese tattoos and its influence on modern tattoo practices. The pictures follow its roots in ukiyo-e prints, the stigma in mainstream Japanese culture, the appropriation and copying of designs by Western practitioners, and the current international artistic renown. But the true stars of the exhibition are the beautiful life-sized photographs of intensely vivid full-body tattoos that may just inspire you to get some ink of your very own.  

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