3. Takahiro Kitamura on the work of Shige (Sideshot)
My name is Takahiro Kitamura. I’m the curator of this exhibition. And we have been discussing the ever-changing Japanese tattoo tradition, and this is a great example by Shige. Now normally the back piece extends halfway across the ribs, to the point where if you look straight from the back you don’t see any bare skin. And as you see here, Shige’s gone past the middle line in an effort to maximize body space and coverage. He’s essentially creating his own Japanese tattoo form.