Art & Culture In the Spotlight Palm Beach County Visual Arts

Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World

Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern WorldTuesday, February 23, 6pm – Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Rd, Delray Beach

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens presents an exciting new exhibition that explores the art of traditional Japanese tattooing, known as irezumi. Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World showcases a variety of photographs, including life-sized pictures of full body tattoos, which cover a broad spectrum of the current world of Japanese tattooing.

While Japanese tattoos are now popular in mainstream culture, their artistry and legacy are often unknown or misinterpreted. This exhibit will showcase the historical means of tattooing and its influence on modern tattoo practices.

“Widely recognized by the rest of the world as the pinnacle of the craft, yet still considered an ‘underground’ practice by many in Japan, the complex and dynamic art of traditional Japanese tattoo, or irezumi, has persevered and become internationally renowned for its artistry, lineage, historical symbolism and skill,” said Tamara Joy, Chief Curator, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. “The groundbreaking photographic exhibit, Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World explores the historic origins, the most enduring motifs, the innovative interpretations developed by several of the most highly acclaimed Japanese tattoo artists and the influence the art has had on modern tattoo practices.” The exhibit features internationally acclaimed tattoo artists, including Horitaka, Horitomo, Chris Horishiki Brand, Miyazo, Shige, and Yokohama Horiken.

Open to the General Public February 26 – May 8. Admission is $9 for children 6 – 17, $11 for students, $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and those in the military. Exhibits are free with paid admission to the museum and gardens. Additional fees may be required for some programs on Tattoo Day. Here are some dates to remember for the exhibit…

VIP preview on February 23

  • Invited guests will get to see a sneak peak of the exhibit before opening to the general public. There will be a live tattoo demonstration and open discussions with the artists.
  • Tune in to this post to see updates from this preview.

Tattoo Day & Symposium on February 27

FREE kids’ activities all day.

  • a kids’ tattoo shop, a tattoo coloring station and kite creation.

A Live Tattoo Demonstration.

  • Tebori Demonstration by tattoo artist Horitomo where he will use a bamboo stick called a nomi to demonstrate this unique method of tattooing by hand.

Panel of tattoo legends, experts and artists discussing the importance of tattoo art in their lives and the exhibition.

  • Ink Master’s Chris Nuñez,
  • tattoo artists Ryudaibori, and Horitomo
  • Kip Fulbeck, the exhibition designer and photographer for Perseverance

Horishiki on April 8

  • The 108 Heroes of Los Angeles, a talk by Horishiki.

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens has been a center for Japanese arts and culture in South Florida since 1977. Visitors come from all over come to explore traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World was organized by the Japanese American National Museum, created, designed and photographed by Kip Fulbeck, and curated by Takahiro Kitamura (Ryudaibori, formerly Horitaka). This exhibition was funded in part by the Henry and Tomoye Takahashi Charitable Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. @morikamimuseum

Photos by: Mark Veerapen