by Kazuaki Horitomo Kitamura
Monmon is another word used to describe the Japanese tattoo. This little hardcover gem of a book contains the paintings of Horitomo's tattoo cats! The cats are beautifully drawn in classic japanese style and decorated with japanese tattoos.
By combining the imagery of cats with the art of Japanese tattooing, Horitomo makes a statement about the shared past that tattooing and cats have had in Japanese culture: fear, distrust, mystery, prejudice, and awe.
Horitomo rose to the forefront of pioneering Japanese tattoo artists in the 1990s by challenging traditions and bringing his own version of the Western style to Japan. Horitomo is also highly experienced in hand tattooing (tebori), the traditional method of Japanese tattooing which predates the electric tattoo machine.
Hardcover. 118 pages. Measures 5 1/2" X 7 1/2"