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HORISUZU OPB DOCUMENTARY
INTERVIEW WITH HORISUZU
Horisuzu did an interview with the founder of the popular Irezumi blog IREBOKURO.
Location: Portland Oregon USA with frequent trips to Tokyo Japan
Machine or Tebori: Both
Years experience: 13
What was your first impression seeing Japanese tattoos?
I didn’t grow up seeing tattoos so when I saw a full back japanese tattoo for the first time it really moved me. It was something so overwhelming in its execution by the artist and endurance by the client that it was the highest ideal of tattooing to me and still is. I was instantly drawn towards it. It really is a stunning sight to see in person because most people only see it in photos they don’t get to feel its power fully.
Describe your journey into the tattoo industry, and how you became an apprentice?
My journey has many beginnings. The most pivotal part would be gaining an introduction to my master. I was very fortunate to have a friend that believed in my sincerity and at my urging set up a meeting with my master. Introductions are important in Japan and it speaks to the kind of person you are by who will vouch for you. In these days things are changing across the board but I still value that I came into this world in this way.
How do you feel about maintaining and studying traditions within your work?
That is a very difficult thing to do while working outside of Japan. In the one hand you must preserve the traditions you’ve been taught, they are too important to ever disregard or lose. However you must adapt given the lessons you’ve learned and serve as a bridge of sorts between western clients and Japanese tattooing. It is best if conflict arises in a situation to stand on the side of tradition regardless of the outcome.
As far as studying the traditions I could really speak for hours on that but I think to put it roughly I don’t think that just being Japanese or living in Japan is enough. Honestly I think it would be very difficult for anyone to really get that foundation outside of spending time with their master. He serves as your guiding light and is a bit like a father teaching you life’s lessons. It’s really hard to explain fully.
Who or what are your biggest inspirations?
My Master is of course my number one influence and was before he was my master. I try not focus on the same sources every time. I have sourced prints however in these days I focus on various mediums in Japan such as Inro and temple carvings. I feel like these have a connection to the average person and they get overlooked by most people working outside of Japan since you need to go to Japan to really experience it. I like to see works from Hokusai, Zeshin, Kano Kazunobu and Kano Hogai.
Do you have any advice for people wanting to get Japanese tattoos?
Support tradition and get tattooed by people who are committed to this craft. If you want a traditional tattoo then it is not hard to find an artist committed to that style. If you have patience then you can succeed in your search.