ARTBOOK BLOG

RECENT POSTS

DATE 7/18/2024

Join us at the San Francisco Art Book Fair, 2024!

DATE 7/18/2024

History and healing in Calida Rawles' 'Away with the Tides'

DATE 7/16/2024

Join us at the Atlanta Gift & Home Summer Market 2024

DATE 7/15/2024

In 'Gordon Parks: Born Black,' a personal report on a decade of Black revolt

DATE 7/14/2024

Familiar Trees presents a marathon reading of Bernadette Mayer's 'Memory'

DATE 7/11/2024

Early 20th-century Japanese graphic design shines in 'Songs for Modern Japan'

DATE 7/8/2024

For 1970s beach vibe, you can’t do better than Joel Sternfeld’s ‘Nags Head’

DATE 7/5/2024

Celebrate summer with Tony Caramanico’s Montauk Surf Journals

DATE 7/4/2024

For love, and for country

DATE 7/1/2024

Enter the dream space of Francesca Woodman and Julia Margaret Cameron

DATE 7/1/2024

Summertime Staff Picks, 2024!

DATE 6/30/2024

Celebrate the extraordinary freedom of Cookie Mueller in this Pride Month Pick

DATE 6/28/2024

Celebrating Hip Hop and contemporary art, 'The Culture' opens at Cincinnati Art Museum


IMAGE GALLERY

This 1862 print from the series, "A Modern Water Margin," by Utagawa Kunisada is reproduced from "Tattoos in Japanese Prints" by Sarah E. Thompson. Published by MFA Publications, it is distributed by ARTBOOK | D.A.P.
CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 10/2/2017

Dive deep into the history of Japanese tattoos in this new gem from MFA Boston

In the early 1860s, Japanese master woodblock printer Utagawa Kunisada created a series of prints featuring famous Edo-era actors in imaginary roles based loosely on stories about a real-life group of outlaws. It was too dangerous to perform these thinly disguised roles as a play or print them in book form—but they did circulate in a hand-written manuscript with prompts for oral storytelling. In this 1862 ukiyo-e print from the A Modern Water Margin series, actor Bando Kamezo I brandishes a cooking knife as the character Oni “Demon” Keisuke; his ominous tattoo is of the prickly oniazami weed known as “demon thistle.” Read more on the history of Tattoos in Japanese Prints in the enlightening new survey from MFA Publications, the publishing imprint of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Tattoos in Japanese Prints

Tattoos in Japanese Prints

MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Hbk, 7.5 x 9.75 in. / 152 pgs / 90 color.





Heads up on 4/20!

DATE 4/20/2024

Heads up on 4/20!

Vintage Valentine

DATE 2/14/2024

Vintage Valentine

Forever Valentino

DATE 11/27/2023

Forever Valentino