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At the age of nine, Yoshihito Nakano visited a public bathhouse, and what he saw would change his life. His response to seeing the traditional Japanese body suit-style tattoo aroused his curiosity and his interest never waned. His journey of transformation began in his 20s, when Yoshihito chose to be tattooed by a great master of the Irezumi, Horiyoshi I.


Shortly after he became the master's apprentice, and he spent his time studying the traditional art form of Tabori (hand tattooing). Later influenced by tattoos inked on the body by machines, more than 20 years later a new tradition evolved from the best of both methods. he was later influenced by machine made tattoos.


More than twenty years later a new tradition evolved from the best of both methods. The crisp clean outlines of electric tattooing were speedily applied along with the subtle shading and solid fill of a skilled Tabori master. A significant step was a name change to Sandaime Horiyoshi (a third-generation Horiyoshi) in 1979. A protector of his master's style and becoming his own master, a consummate tattooist learns the rules and maintains a hunger to continue to learn. Horiyoshi III believes that young minds are shaped by influence rather than self-awareness. A deeper understanding of Japanese culture, history, and art is needed to provide one with the knowledge that will allow a more accurately-rendered depiction of age-old stories as art on the body. 

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