31. Takahiro Kitamura on Miyazo

31. Miyazo 500x500

My name is Takahiro Kitamura, I’m curator of this exhibition, and this tattoo by Miyazo of just rocks, flowers, water, butterflies—it seems so simple but this is really one of my favorite back pieces in the whole show. It’s just such a simple, elegant tattoo, it’s everything right about the Japanese tattoo, and it really also speaks volumes about artistic lineage, between Miyazo and Horitsune and Horitsune II. And Miyazo is the heir to the Horitsune lineage, and he’s certainly carrying on their traditions, and it also shows how important background is. Background…the term itself kind of gives it a secondary nature, but I think in Japanese tattooing it’s actually sometimes even more important than the main image. This is just a beautiful back piece, I love this one.

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