40. Takahiro Kitamura on Horikiku

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My name is Takahiro Kitamura, I’m curator of this exhibition, Perseverance, and what we’re looking at is a client of Horikiku’s. Horikiku tattoos in Yokohama. He’s traditionally apprenticed and also does tebori as well. This is a great example of Shichibu, seven-tenth sleeves and chest panel. And we’re all just struck by the look of this woman. Like, you know, she has such an intensity in her eyes, such an amazing, unwavering gaze. And it was funny, because her son was with her and he was joking, “that’s the look my mom gives me when she’s mad,” [laughs]. But anyhow, that intensity is what led to us featuring her not only in the show, but on the cover of the catalogue as well as the outside sign.

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