Irezumi - Masters of the Traditional Tattoo Art

Published: 01 September, 2007 - Featured in Skin Deep 151, October, 2007

Japanese tattooing can be traced back for centuries and has been passed down from father to son. There have also been some very lucky individuals who have shown their mentors that they have the vision, the respect and skills but most of all, the commitment to dedicate their lives to their master as well as to the ancient art of Irezumi tattooing.

Pascal Bagot was lucky enough to meet with three of these gifted artisans and they were kind enough to give him a little of their time to talk about their lives and their dedication to Irezumi...


Photography & Text: Pascal Bagot