17. Takahiro Kitamura on Horinao
My name is Takahiro Kitamura, I’m the curator of the exhibition, and here we have a client of Horinao’s. He has the classic Shichibu and Hikae, seven-tenth sleeve and chest panel. And you can also see – even though his arms are crossed – you can see where they’ve already started outlining his ribs, so he’ll eventually come down to a Munewari chest split. Horinao’s work just blew us away. When we were shooting in Yokohama, he showed up and he had these four clients, and Horinao’s work is just so bold, and strong, and classic. It’s everything I love about the Japanese tattoo.