Found by chance a nice museum devoted to Eastern Asian art. “By chance” would be just a way to put it…
Sometimes the unexpected ( in the most positive meaning) happens when we are not really looking for it, but when our hearts are there.
As I personally think that nothing is by coincidence.
Even when we meet or separate, paths are already defined. Call it destiny or whatever.
The important things are the emotions left by these happenings.
So. I was happy to be connected again with Japan. Even for a brief moment and so far away from my time and space. Kanpai!
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Back from a busy and fun weekend, but this will be a topic for a future post.
Hanging with new made friends, made me figure that the more you interact the more you can invite onto your self. Breaking the shell can mean the inverse. The shell can be your secure area, your house and territory.
You can break it and go out, but changing its appearance to blend in might not be a straight connection to acceptance itself.
In Japan, it would be common place. People work for the group instead of the individual. A topic I wrote before here
That’s maybe tales like the Nine-tailed fox can be found.
An animal (Fox) mutating to a women and living among humans, unnoticed.
In the west, were the individualism is praised; would be mistaken as a sneaky move so to speak.
But the feelings towards transformation have it’s variations. While Jack & Hide, Dracula or any other transformation / mutation tale always carries a negative stigma, in the East it is viewed as a magical/ divine power shared only by the few.
Instead of mutating the self into a totally different appearance (and thus scaring), in the East it’s description commonly deals with humans among humans themselves.
Some sort of nirvana reached with the Yin-Yang formula. The more we try (going ’round and ’round) we end finding the answer in the most common formulas and appearances. At the end, we are just humans.
Basically I gonna re-write or translate my previous Japanese post. Discussing what would be the difference between “Tattoo artist” and “tattooist”. My personal goal is to be labeled (?) as “Tattoo artist”.
At least in my book, tattoos are a extension of my art expression. Yes, it is the “main” expression per se, but I do also have interests in other fields as well.
One big example is photography.
I became interested in photography thanks to tattooing. When one’s finish the piece, next step is to document its work.
And photos are the ultimate way of recording the work, and consequently using it as a promotion, studying, etc, etc.
Many of my early works got lost. Yes, I was bad as photographer and tattooist, and still struggling on both forms.
The problem is that I started on the film era (yes, I know…don’t even try to guess my age!) and after taking several rolls for one tattoo, maaaaaybe one could come out good.
And yes, most of times, NONE would come out good. And I was on the late example most of times.
Switching to digital, relieved me from enormous stress. Monetary, principally…
And that’s how I seriously started get interested in photos. Now I could take millions and not care for the results, so to speak.
Got immense amount of help from friends, and other information were collected on books and of course, trial and error old school way.
I still like to take photos of landscapes, and for my work being directly involved with human beings; I do also love portraits.
Many experiences were made during the years, and some projects do still in work, and other simply faded away.
One that enjoyed doing was this with my friend Sooz Lillend. Shot in 2009 when she was visiting Tokyo, and we decided to do some body painting and subsequently a photo session.
So, here’s a example of media mixes and art forms, always having tattooing as a main filter.
Obviously, I as a “maker” can’t be entitled to judge if this is “art” or not. Not a bit of sarcasm or contradiction here.
I did it purely for the artistic purpose. So the result (at least for me) is purely artistic. It’s when I feel my self (or do call myself) “Tattoo artist”.
As you noted, there’s details in every piece. The print inside the Haori jacket shows a woman coming out of the sea. She’s a fisher and picks oysters almost naked. The half naked woman is not the main thing here actually, but is the oyster. Because the shape kinda reminds the female genitalia. So, the drawing is printed inside the jacket purposely. It is a “hidden adornment”, only slightly visible when the wearer strips off his jacket. And a “hidden meaning” behind the drawing.
The hidden adornment on clothes, was very common in the Edo period and it influenced the Japanese tattoo, in terms of body placement. Because laws were strict, even controlling “dress codes”. Fancy and bright Kimonos were not allowed. Commoners found their way to have those charming prints hidden from the authorities, and it was considered even more stylish.
That’s one of the reasons Japanese tattoos does put a weight on the back piece designs. Not the arms for example, it would be more visible at that time (specially wearing Kimonos) and could bring trouble to the tattooed person (Tattoos were forbidden by law).
The dragonflies on the bag, do symbolize lucky. Lucky on gambling for example. Because the samurais did ornamented their helmets and clothes with this insect. The dragonfly never flies backwards, so the samurais did believed they symbolized bravery, as they never backed down in the battlefield. So, years later in times of peace of the Edo period; commoners started to use the symbol as a lucky charm when they did gamble for example.
The turtle shell design on the Zori sandals, come from the proverb: “Crane lives thousand years, turtle lives hundred”. It symbolizes longevity, and both animals are considered lucky symbols as well.
Once again, inspiration can always be found in the daily life.