A rapt audience watches Yokohama Horiken create a tattoo using traditional Japanese tebori techniques on March 7 at the pre-opening of “Perserverance,” the new tattoo exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. Horiken, who has nearly 20 years of experience in tattooing, was among the artists and models featured in the exhibit that explores the cultural and historic significance of Japanese tattoos.
The tattoo artists were introduced at an evening reception for JANM members and also took part in the official opening the following day. “Perseverance” runs through Sept. 14.
A procession of the artists’ “living canvases” whose photographs appear in the exhibition.
Left: Dr. Greg Kimura, president and CEO of JANM. Right: Kip Fulbeck, photographer and designer of the exhibition, whose “Part Asian, 100% Hapa” was also shown at JANM.
Guests mingled with models at the exhibit, which featured a traditional torii gate at the entrance.
Photos by MARIO G. REYES/Rafu Shimpo