Japanese Tattoo Art


Right now, the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo has a great exhibition on Japanese tattoos. It opened on Saturday and runs through the summer. It’s a big, nicely curated show that gives a lot of insight into the history and future of these massive and intricate tattoos.

I don’t have any tattoos, thanks to a fear of pain and an inability to make up my mind about what kind of art I want on my body. However, I think tattoos are gorgeous. That’s why I headed down to the opening festivities on Saturday. People showed off their body art. Some of the best artists around did live demonstrations.

Check out the photos below the jump and read more about the event in my story for L.A. Weekly, “Japanese Tattoos as Fine Art.”

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