The Japanese Tattoo
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A crimson fish wrestles a man. A horned demon stares menacingly. These vivid scenes are tattoos, created in pain, incised in the flesh of the Yakuza, Japan's feared secret society of gangsters. They are the visions of the Irezumi, the legendary tattoo artists, who spend years creating living masterpieces. Photographer Sandi Fellman describes this strange and violent world both in her text and in her stunning, large Polaroid photographs.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 250 x 302 x 10mm | 721.21g
  • Abbeville Press Inc.,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 66col.ill.
  • 0896597989
  • 9780896597983
  • 23,887

About D. M. Thomas

Sandi Fellman is a well-known photographer whose work has been featured in many one-person and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Australia. Her photographs can be found in numerous private and public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bibliotheque Nationale, and Center for Creative Photography. Her work has also been widely published over the past fifteen years.

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Table of contents

8 Introduction by D. M. Thomas 12 Spirituality and the Flesh: The Japanese Tattoo 19 The Plates 110 Acknowledgements 110 A Note about the Camera 112 List of Plates

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Review quote

"American photographer Sandi Fellman used a rare large size Polaroid camera to create these photos of Irezumi Japanese men and women who wear elaborate full-body tattoos. Fellman treats the tattoos as artworks and their creators as artists. Her text touches on the tattooing process, common motifs, the sociology of the tattoo, and relationships between the tattoo masters and their clients. Author D.M. Thomas has contributed two pages of his reactions to these unusual and even disturbing images. The 46 color plates in this volume, most of them whole body nudes, should prove provocative, fascinating, or repellant to a wide variety of library patrons." --Library Journal

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