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Pack Horiyoshi III: Ryuki Mysterious Dragons + Meeting the Master(s)

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The great Horiyoshi III Nakano Yoshihito has no need of an introduction: for over forty years now he has been tattooing, painting and drawing and is renowned the world over for his incredible and versatile talent.

“Meeting the Master(s)” by Mathieu Rossignol (aka Zozios) is the new book in the series The Great Books on the Art of Tattooing: a unique photographic book published by Tattoo Life. The main protagonist of this new leading title is Master Horiyoshi III, and the exceptional people who have met or crossed paths with him on their journeys through tattoo art. Over 100 amazing photos in black and grey, describe the living legends of the history of tattooing.

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The sinuous body and enigmatic gaze of the Japanese dragon is revealed in the pages of this sumptuous book in over 250 illustrations, published here for the first time and rendered in Indian ink by the great master Horiyoshi III. Look for them flashing through the waters, perched on clouds, coiled about warriors or tigers, or drowsing lazily at the side of melancholy princesses. The Master of Irezumi has recreated an entire universe inspired by the symbols, myths and ancient traditions of Japanese culture and these come to life once more thanks to his unmistakeable and masterful interpretation.

Ryuki – Mysterious Dragons is a true voyage of discovery of Japanese dragons, In Japanese Ryu means dragon while Ki means extraordinary: Horiyoshi III has chosen these two words and blended them to create a new one to celebrate this mystical otherworldly creature that owes its fame to so many stories and legends of Japanese folklore.

Ryuki – Mysterious Dragons is a sumptuous new volume to add to the series The Great Books on the Art of Tattooing: as always lovingly crafted, a true collector's item, designed to satisfy the needs of professional tattoo artists – as an inexhaustible source of ideas and inspiration – as well as lovers of Oriental tattoo, but also for anyone interested in the art, culture and traditions of Japan. Leafing through the pages the reader is immersed in the floating world, a magical realm with an unforgettable ambience, deftly outlined by one of the most charismatic and authoritative Japanese artists in the world.

For five years, Mathieu Rossignol travelled all over the world in order to meet the 49 protagonists portrayed in this photographic volume, which offers their testimonials of encounters with the great Master of Japanese tattooing.

Portrayed are some of the prominent tattooists who have come across Master Horiyoshi III during the course of their careers. Together with his closest friends, like the great master Hatsumi Masaaki (the founder of the martial art Bujinkan), masters Hadjime Sorayama, Zaya, Ryuji Kazamatsuri (who shared the exhibition Korouten with Horiyoshi III), Alex Atala, who is one of the best chefs in the world, a variety of film producers, etc…for a total of 49 people in all. Each one exceptional.


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