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Japanese Tattoo - FELLMAN SANDI

Paperback Published: 17th December 1987
ISBN: 9780896597983
Number Of Pages: 120

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The definitive book on a fascinating art form, whose popularity continues to increase. A crimson fish wrestles a man. A horned demon stares menacingly. These vivid scenes are tattoos, created in pain, incised in the flesh of the Yakuza, Japan's feared secret society of gangsters. They are the visions of the Irezumi, the legendary tattoo artists, who spend years creating living masterpieces. Photographer Sandi Fellman describes this strange and violent world both in her text and in her stunning, large Polaroid photographs. REVIEWS American photographer Sandi Fellman used a rare large size Polaroid camera to create these photos of Irezumi Japanese men and women who wear elaborate full-body tattoos. Fellman treats the tattoos as artworks and their creators as artists. Her text touches on the tattooing process, common motifs, the sociology of the tattoo, and relationships between the tattoo masters and their clients. Author D.M. Thomas has contributed two pages of his reactions to these unusual and even disturbing images. The 46 color plates in this volume, most of them whole body nudes, should prove provocative, fascinating, or repellant to a wide variety of library patrons. -- Library Journal ILLUSTRATIONS 66 large colour plates *

"American photographer Sandi Fellman used a rare large size Polaroid camera to create these photos of Irezumi Japanese men and women who wear elaborate full-body tattoos. Fellman treats the tattoos as artworks and their creators as artists. Her text touches on the tattooing process, common motifs, the sociology of the tattoo, and relationships between the tattoo masters and their clients. Author D.M. Thomas has contributed two pages of his reactions to these unusual and even disturbing images. The 46 color plates in this volume, most of them whole body nudes, should prove provocative, fascinating, or repellant to a wide variety of library patrons." --Library Journal

8 Introduction by D. M. Thomas 12 Spirituality and the Flesh: The Japanese Tattoo 19 The Plates 110 Acknowledgements 110 A Note about the Camera 112 List of Plates

ISBN: 9780896597983
ISBN-10: 0896597989
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 120
Published: 17th December 1987
Publisher: Abbeville Press Inc.,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 30.5 x 25.4  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.74