Perseverance - Japanese Tattoo Tradition In A Modern World

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About the exhibition

Curated by Takahiro Kitamura and photographed and designed by Kip Fulbeck, Perseverance is a groundbreaking exhibition and the first of its kind. This exhibitio nexplores Japanese tattooing as an art form by acknowledging its roots in ukiyo-e prints. Perseverance also examines current practices and offshoots of Japanese tattooing in the U.S. and Japan.

Although tattooing is largely seen as an underground activity in Japan, Japanese tattoo artists have pursued their passions, applied their skills, and have risen to become internationally acclaimed artists. Through the endurance and dedication of these tattoo artists, Japanese tattooing has also persevered and is now internationally renowned for its artistry, lineage, historical symbolism, and skill.

Perseverance features the work of seven internationally acclaimed tattoo artists, Horitaka, Horitomo, Chris Horishiki Brand, Miyazo, Shige, Junii, and Yokohama Horiken, along with tattoo works by selected others. 

Artists and Curator

Takahiro Kitamura/Kip Fulbeck

Horitaka, Horitomo, Chris Horishiki Brand, Miyazo, Shige, Junii and Yokohama Horiken,

Available Dates and
Exhibition Details

Available dates
25/07/2018 - 31/12/2022
Exhibition size
Over 100 sq or running metres
Originating state
Organised by
Japanese American National Museum
$40,000 (exc. freight) - Contact to discuss
Web Site
Accompanying materials available
Catalogue/Book, Digital Catalogue, Education Kit, Exhibition Tour Manual, Installation Support Available, Interpretative/Didactic Panels, Invitations or Invitation Template, Labels, Media Kit, Public Program Opportunities
Primary contact
Jay Brown
Managing Director
Flying Fish Design and Production
Curated by Takahiro Kitamura and photographed and designed by Kip Fulbeck. Produced by Japanese American National Museum. Internationally toured by Flying Fish.