15. Takahiro Kitamura on Small Paul

14. Small Paul 500x500

My name is Takahiro Kitamura, the curator of this exhibition. This is a piece by Small Paul, it’s a Karajishi Botan. A karajishi is a Chinese lion, botan is a peony flower. And this combination is really, really significant, it’s very important in Japanese tattooing. The karajishi is considered the king of the beasts, and the peony is the king of the flowers, so the pairing of these two kings is a very special tattoo. And Small Paul has done a very good job on this, it looks wonderful.

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