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Perseverance Tattoo Exhibit Video1: VMFA w/Kip Fulbeck

Perseverance Tattoo Exhibit Video1: VMFA w/Kip Fulbeck

The title of the exhibition at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is derived the Japanese word gaman, loosely translated as perseverance“—a word that has long been associated with tattooing in Japan. According to Takahiro Kitamura, curator of the exhibition, and Kip Fulbeck, exhibition creator, designer and photographer, perseverance is what has created this amazing art form despite numerous attempts by the Japanese government to suppress it, despite ongoing prejudices against its practitioners and clients, and despite a constant trend to oversimplify its complexities in contemporary media. Perseverance is a core concept in the fleeting art of the Japanese tattoo, a tradition that is transient yet also alive and well in this modern world.

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