Horiyoshi III (1946 - Present)

Horiyoshi III is Japan’s preeminent tebori (hand-tattooing) master. While the world of tattoo remains one of secrecy and exclusivity in Japan, Horiyoshi III has transcended taboo, achieving national and international fame. Born Yoshihito Nakano, Horiyoshi III received his title from the late tebori master and teacher, Yoshitsugu Muramatsu, known as Shodai Horiyoshi. Horiyoshi III apprenticed for Shodai Horiyoshi for ten years. By 28, Horiyoshi III’s bodysuit had been completed, hand-tattooed by Shodai Horiyoshi. Though ukiyo-e officially ended in 1868, Horiyoshi III's artwork carries on the spirit of Edo’s pictures of the floating world, all the while incorporating his own style and a contemporary perspective. This sensitivity to tradition extends beyond his tebori. In recent years, he has focused on traditional kakejiku (Japanese scroll paintings). Rendering Japanese folktales, calligraphy and religious subjects in sumi (black ink) and traditional mineral pigments, Horiyoshi III interweaves past, present and future.


Horiyoshi III tattoos full time, publishes books of his drawings, and is the founder of Japan’s only tattoo museum with his wife in Yokohama. His work can be found in the permanent collection of the Morikami Museum of Art. With over forty years of experience, he is the foremost authority on traditional Japanese tattooing.

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Namakubi - Speared

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Namakubi - Speared

JPR-65861

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Tiger

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Tiger

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Namakubi in Winter

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Namakubi in Winter

JPR5792

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Asahina Saburo Yoshihide

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Asahina Saburo Yoshihide

JPR5765

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Ascending Dragon and Gi (Morality)

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Ascending Dragon and Gi (Morality)

JPR5745

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Dragon & Lightning: Ascending

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Dragon & Lightning: Ascending

JPR-65867

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Dragon

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Dragon

JPR-65038

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Botan Chirashi (Scattered Peonies)

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Botan Chirashi (Scattered Peonies)

JPR5766

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Koi Botan: Carp and Peonies

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Koi Botan: Carp and Peonies

JPR5748

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Daruma

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Daruma

JPR-65042

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Fujin, the God of Wind

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Fujin, the God of Wind

JPR5783

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Ryuo Dragon King Taro

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Ryuo Dragon King Taro

JPR5754

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Roshi Ensei from Suikoden Heroes

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Roshi Ensei from Suikoden Heroes

JPR5558

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Ink Painting Style Chrysanthemums

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Ink Painting Style Chrysanthemums

JPR5806

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Koryu the Descending Dragon

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Koryu the Descending Dragon

JPR5787

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Fudo Myo-o the Guardian Deity, Wisdom King

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Fudo Myo-o the Guardian Deity, Wisdom King

JPR5775

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Haryu the Dragon with Waves Ascending 3

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Haryu the Dragon with Waves Ascending 3

JPR5757

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Jingi: Moral Code

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Jingi: Moral Code

JPR2-50055

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Speared

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Speared

JPR-65036

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Descending Dragon

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Descending Dragon

JPR-65842

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Fudoshin - Steadfast

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Fudoshin - Steadfast

JPR2-47847

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Kokoro koso kokoro mayowasu kokoro nare. Kokoro ni kokoro kokoro yurusuna.

Horiyoshi III

Kokoro koso kokoro mayowasu kokoro nare. Kokoro ni kokoro kokoro yurusuna.

JPR2-49980

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Ghost in Bamboo Grove

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Ghost in Bamboo Grove

JPR-65033

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Sickled

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Sickled

JPR-65032

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