Writhing dragons, coiling snakes, swirling thunderclouds, snarling lions. Tattoos in Japanese Prints uncovers the interplay between ink on paper and ink on skin in mid-19th century Japan, showing how printmakers transformed eye-catching tattoos from a passing fad into a lasting art form. Superb prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi and his contemporaries featuring tattooed heroes, warriors and stars of the Kabuki stage reveal styles and motifs that have inspired tattoo artists for more than 200 years.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Thursday, June 13: Panel Discussion on Japanese Tattoos - The Visual Splendor of the Floating World
- Saturday, June 15: Ukiyo-e Printing Workshop with Tomoko Murakami
- Thursday, June 20: At the Table - "Knives and Needles"
- Thursday, July 11: At the Table - Talk and Tea with Monica Lo and Felicity Chen
- Saturday, July 13: Live Tattooing at the Asian Art Museum
- Thursday, August 15: At the Table - Talk with Ichi Sushi Executive Chef Tim Archuleta