This is one of *the* Japanese Tattoo classics in the English
an absolute must-have! It covers subjects such as
Japanese tattoo history,
psychological aspects of tattooing
and meanings of motifs. A very good
point into Hor-
imono / Irezumi. The photographs are not great, but
look at nevertheless.
Donald Richie is one of the most knowledgeable Japanolo-
gists alive today.
As a soldier he was part of the US occupa-
tion forces in Japan - and
has lived there ever since. He is a
specialist on Japanese films, and
published dozens of
books on all things Japanese. I have not yet read
by him that I did not like!
Ian Buruma, the photographer for this publication, is more
as a writer, specializing in all things Asian. He
also has a very interesting
history, and plenty of good books
under his belt. I can recommend his "A
Japanese Mirror", a
non tattoo-related title.
Don Ed Hardy, by the way, interviewed Donald Richie in
4 - Life and Death Tattoos".
I once read that one of the reprints of "The Japanese
Tattoo" came in
hardcover. I have yet to see a copy.