16. Takahiro Kitamura on Kahlil Rintye

16. Kahlil Rintye 500x500

This is Takahiro Kitamura, I’m curator of this exhibition, Perseverance. This is a piece by Kahlil Rintye, and it’s a short-sleeve body suit with the Donburi, chest-filled fashion. And Kahlil is an amazing tattooer, he works up in Tattoo City in San Francisco. I chose this piece because it illustrates something that happens a lot here in the United States, where a client may have some American-style tattoos, some one-point tattoos as we call them, and you can just see what an amazing job Kahlil has done of tying this all together. And I think that’s something that, you know, Sailor Jerry figured out a long time ago, that the Japanese background and the Japanese form, can work and complement other styles of tattooing. And in this case, even when a client has things of a different nature, it can still tie together and make the suit look complete. It’s a wonderful job by Kahlil.

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