Crystal Morey: Tanuki (Japanese Raccoon Dog)

By Crystal Morey One of the three most famous Henge (shape-shifters) the tanuki is a round jolly little fellow with an enormous scrotum who usually has a sake bottle in hand. He is a Dionysian spirit, devoted to self gratification possessing a head full of tricks to get his hands on

Adam Hays: Tsuchigumo Progression

By Adam Hays This might be of interest to a few of you who like to paint in watercolor. It’s my preferred medium as I suck with most others. I did a painting of the giant Earth spider Tsuchigumo recently for the Gomineko book project of Japanese creatures. It’s from it’s

Owen Williams: Crystal Morey Interview

By Owen Williams Anyone who has been to a tattoo convention of late, from Milan to Sydney may not have actually seen, but definitely would have heard the whirlwind that is Crystal Morey. Usually holding court at the Gomineko Books stall (an invaluable source of Japanese tattoo culture reference and hard-to-find,

PBS Off Book: Tattoos, The Permanent Art (VIDEO)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlKK4FvReSk&w=560&h=315] Courtesy of PBS Off Book: It seems that no matter how far we advance into the digital age, our bodies remain a place where we want to express ourselves. In this episode, we talk to three tattoo artists of differing styles. Vinny Romanelli embraces pop culture, tattooing detailed portraits

Sailor Jerry: Chris Trevino Hold Fast (VIDEO)

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqNPLm3uOr8&w=560&h=315] Courtesy of Salior Jerry: Chris Trevino is an expert in traditional Japanese tattooing who earned the nickname "Horimana" after studying for five years under the legendary master Horiyoshi III. His elaborate, full-body representations of Asian symbology reminds us of the later works by Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins aka Horismoku.

Crystal Morey: Owen Williams Interview

By Crystal Morey I'm gonna just start this whole interview with a disclaimer... I love Owen dearly and really want to do this interview, but he's one of my best friends and partner in crime so this is bound to get real messy, real fast. That being said I do think,

Kokoro: The Art of Horiyoshi III

Horiyoshi III art exhibition to open in London on March 21st, 2012 at the Somerset House. Meaning ‘heart, mind and spirit’ in Japanese, the concept of Kokoro underpins the Japanese culture and defines its people’s approach to all aspects of life. Described as a “living legend” by The New York Times,

Josh Egnew: Gomineko Tour Diary (Part II)

By Josh Egnew Day 5 Up and at 'em! We hit our local ramen spot and jumped on the train. Today we were going to see the Great Buddha! As we exited the train and made our way through the tiny village, Crystal brought our attention to a vending machine that dispenses