Newspaper story on international/Japanese irezumi

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The Japan Times has a long-ish article about the history of foreign-Japanese tattooing relations: Loved abroad, hated at home: the art of Japanese tattooing | The Japan Times

It takes the Perseverance show as its jump off point and then looks at how international and Japanese attitudes towards tattoos have often been so different.

There are some quotes from Japanese American National Museum's top - plus Horiyoshi III gets a mention and Don Ed Hardy.

As a side-bar, there are also some interviews with Tokyo residents about their tattoos and a nice piece by Shige: Tokyo: What's the story behind your tattoo? | The Japan Times

Happy reading!

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