Irezumi in words and image.Not tiring of defeat leads to victory
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As many of you perhaps already have figured out I am slowly evolving my tattooing style into something completely new. After 26 years of tattooing and 17 of those creating traditional Japanese tattoos, time has come for metamorphosis. Remaining unchanged in this universe is an exercise in futility that I am not comfortable partaking in.
After so many years of intense study, exploring Japanese culture and history, constantly tattooing, writing, making books, painting and designing I have come to certain conclusions. These are now about to take shape in reality as I, together with my wife Anna, am about to create our own school. This will by no means be a mishmash of a series of happy mistakes forming themselves in a certain direction, but rather a well thought out style with many influences from Japanese art and culture as well as more ethereal considerations.
Progress and discoveries will be published on the Senju Shunga website and in the forthcoming web based Sumi Magazine. Be sure to follow the blog at Senju Shunga and also bookmark Sumi Magazinei . Things will indeed go crazy 🙂
After a couple of weeks on the road together with my love and partner in art, Anna, I am now back in Umeå, Sweden. Paris and Leeds were void of snow but here it still remain in stubborn piles, as if wanting to mock spring for yet another couple of weeks. I thought I would get used to this way of things but I guess I am simply not a winter persona and I long for the singing of birds and the green greeting me in the morning. Nevertheless, being at home has rarely seemed so treasurable as these days, and I am dearly looking forward to working at our home base Vackra Ting in a more focused manner than before. Perhaps spring will arrive quicker if I tease it with new creative dances.
After a long time of contemplating wether I should tamper with my original version of these prints, I ultimately could not resist giving it a try. I am so very happy I did. Going back into an art work and apply the time that has passed between now and then is perhaps one of the most rewarding pursuits, only matched by the rush of a great new idea that needs to be created. Not all of my works are up for new and improved editions, but besides these two portraits of mythological Japanese women, I am sure more will follow.
My works are usually sold through Kintaro Publishing, a symbeosis I am very happy with, but I also wanted to create something more special again. So the idea of printing myself, on my favourite paper, controlling every step of the process, became more and more attractive.
Each print is limited to 50 copies only, printed on heavy Hahnemuehle museum etching paper with a beautiful texture and feel to it. I even print my photographs on this paper. Very watercolouresque in its spirit. The prints are signed, stamped and numbered by me and only available from me personally. If interested in finding out more about these prints please visit the Senju Horimatsu Shop.