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's artwork 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.

Contemporary Japanese and East Asian Art

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Moon and Wave

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Moon and Wave

JPR2-47848

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Bamboo

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Bamboo

JPR-65813

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Tiger

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Tiger

JPR-65857

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Namakubi in Winter

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Namakubi in Winter

JPR5792

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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

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Dragon

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Dragon

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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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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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Haryu the Dragon with Waves Ascending 3

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Haryu the Dragon with Waves Ascending 3

JPR5757

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Wave

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Wave

JPR-65764

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Fudoshin - Steadfast

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Fudoshin - Steadfast

JPR2-47847

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Goshawk

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Goshawk

JPR5779

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Daishi-Ichiban: To the death

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Daishi-Ichiban: To the death

JPR2-49960

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Haryu the Dragon with Waves Descending

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Haryu the Dragon with Waves Descending

JPR5758

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