Elegant photos of the art of Japanese full-body tattoos in which skilled and dedicated tattoo masters draw upon designs of the past engraving them on the bodies of the fiercely courageous.

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Combining large format photography with the cutting edge archival fresco pigment printing process, Sudo generates not only stunning, but also long lasting studies of the inked form. Originating in Japan, this new printing technology draws upon ancient innovation to create photographic images that are heat, light and moisture resistant. Just as traditional fresco technique preserves Michelangelo’s pigments in Sistine Chapel, the archival fresco pigment printing process captures Sudo’s photographs within a soft layer of plaster, guarding his photographs for centuries to come.

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Japanese Tattoo: Photos by Masato Sudo photographs for centuries to come.
On view at Ronin Gallery as part of the exhibition Taboo: Ukiyo-e and the Japanese Tattoo.
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