Master Horiyoshi III Nakano Yoshihito was born on the 9th of March 1946 in Japan.
Tattooing traditional Japanese Irezumi including drawing and painting for over 40 years one can say that he has reached an impressive level in his craft and as an artist today. He is probably the most famous Japanese tattooist worldwide and has tattooed renowned movie- and rock-stars in his career. For decades he became known as the ambassador of Japanese traditional Irezumi tattooing. Befriending people like Mr. Don Ed Hardy in the early 1980ies he made extensive travels to the west showing his skills and artwork, which was always in high demand.
He launched his own exclusive high end clothing line ‘Horiyoshi the third’ in 2009, which immediately took off to be a huge success. The clothing is being sold in selected high class boutiques the world over.
The ‘Yokohama Tattoo Museum’ was founded by him in the year 2000. In this he shows his vast collection of artwork and traditional Tattoo artefacts from all over the world. He is in close collaboration with the ‘National Amsterdam Tattoo’ Museum founded by his long time friend Henk Schiffmacher in 2011.
The book publications connected to Mr. Horiyoshi III are countless. His productivity is so immense that his senior apprentice Alexander Reinke Horikitsune and Matti Sedholm Horimatsu founded the ‘Kofuu-Senju Publications’ company in 2010 in Horiyoshi III’s name. Their goal is to produce legendary, quality looks on the subjects of Irezumi, Zen and Japanese Culture in general under chairmanship of Horiyoshi III.
It was really cool to have had th chance to do a interview, I do hope to get to a do a editorial photo shoot! I love those Designs!
By Sir Fashion