Saturday, February 27, 2016
Tattoo Day includes both FREE Family Activities throughout the day and the Tattoo Symposium— including a panel and demonstration featuring top artists in the tattoo industry—all in conjunction with the exhibition Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World
Family Activities: Free with paid museum admission
Tattoo Symposium: SOLD OUT!
All day at the Morikami:
Celebrate Morikami’s exhibition Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World with tattoo-inspired activities for the whole family!
Tattoo Day Family Activities
- Kids’ Tattoo Shop: (10am-4:30pm) Draw your own temporary tattoo! You can use one of our stencils or design your own.
- Color Station: (10am-4:30pm) Color and draw a cool tattoo design on your own Monmon Cat specially designed by tattoo artist Horitomo.
- Kite Making: (10am- 4:30pm) Kites, also called tako in Japanese, are a traditional pastime played by people of all ages. Build your own Japanese tattoo inspired kite to take home.
- Build a Lantern: (11am-3pm) Build your own paper lantern. For a $1 donation towards the Education Department, have your name written in Japanese on your lantern.
Screen-printing by The FINE PRINT Shoppe
Choose one of two unique tattoo-inspired designs! Bring your own t-shirt and receive a free screen print!* Additional t-shirts $10.
*Limit one per customer.
About the Symposium
In conjunction with our new exhibition, Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World, Morikami is proud to present a Tebori demonstration and panel presentation featuring artists: Ryudaibori (formerly known as Horitaka), Horitomo, Kip Fulbeck, Chris Nuñez. The exhibit Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World is organized by the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, California, and is supported, in part, by Mariko Gordon and Hugh Cosman. It was created, designed and photographed by Kip Fulbeck, and curated by Takahiro Kitamura (Ryudaibori, formerly Horitaka).
- SOLD OUT!
- Times: 12:30-1:15pm (Part 1), break, 1:30pm-3:30pm (Part 2)
- Pre-ordered Tickets will be held at the theater door under your name at Will Call.
PART 1 – Tebori Demonstration
Demonstration by Tattoo Artist Horitomo, translation by Ryudaibori
Horitomo demonstrates tebori (hand-carved), referring to the traditional method of tattooing by hand using a sharpened bamboo stick called a nomi. Observe this unique and traditional technique and see the tattoo come to life, as Horitomo tattoos live at the Morikami. Learn about the intriguing history of tebori and the unique art form of Japanese tattoos. Audience will get the chance to do a Q&A with Horitomo after the demonstration.
PART 2 – Panel Presentation
Featuring Ryudaibori, Kip Fulbeck, and Chris Nuñez.
Featuring Ryudaibori, Kip Fulbeck, and Chris Nuñez on the panel, the artists and contributors will talk about their work in the exhibition and the importance of the art of tattoo in their life. Attendees will be able to pose questions about the exhibition, tattoo traditions, and artwork created by these exhibition contributors. The event will conclude with a signing of the exhibition catalogue with all artists. The exhibition catalogue will be available for purchase at the Morikami Museum Store.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Ryudaibori (Takahiro Kitamura), formerly known as Horitaka, is a tattoo artist as well as the author and publisher of numerous books on tattoo art and culture. His books include Bushido: Legacies of the Japanese Tattoo (Schiffer Publishing, 2001), Tattooing from Japan to the West (Schiffer Publishing, 2004), and Tattoos of the Floating World: Ukiyo-e Motifs in Japanese Tattoo (KIT Publishers, 2003). Ryudaibori is renowned for his advocacy of Japanese tattooing as an art form and has worked as a visiting artist across the United States and Europe. He has lectured at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, U.C. Santa Barbara, and at conferences in Italy and Hawai‘i, is the co-founder and co-director of the annual Bay Area Convention of the Tattoo Arts, and the owner of State of Grace tattoo shop in San Jose, CA. Ryudaibori’s graphic designs have been used by Nike SB, Bacardi, and many other companies.
Exhibition Designer & Photographer-
Kip Fulbeck is a pioneering artist, spoken word performer, and filmmaker. He has been featured on CNN, MTV, The TODAY Show, and PBS, and has performed and exhibited in over twenty countries and throughout the U.S. He is the author of several books including Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids; Part Asian, 100% Hapa; and Permanence: Tattoo Portraits, as well as the director of a dozen short films including Banana Split and Lilo & Me.
Fulbeck teaches as a professor of Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he received the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award and has been named an Outstanding Faculty Member five times. He has included Japanese tattooing in his teaching for over a decade and has been tattooed extensively by Horitomo, Ryudaibori, and Yokohama Horiken.
Horitomo (Kazuaki Kitamura) rose to the forefront of pioneering Japanese tattoo artists in the 1990s by challenging traditions and bringing his own version of the Western style to Japan. In a marked shift, he undertook a Japanese apprenticeship, was re-titled as Horitomo, and devoted his life to the study of traditional Japanese tattooing. In addition to his extensive knowledge of Japanese culture and tradition, Horitomo is also highly experienced in tebori (hand tattooing), the traditional method of Japanese tattooing which predates the electric tattoo machine. He has published two volumes of his artwork: Immovable: Fudo Myo-o Tattoo Design by Horitomo (State of Grace, 2011) and Monmon Cats (State of Grace, 2013). His graphic designs have also been used for numerous companies, including four video games for Sega Game Systems.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Junii will be unable to attend the panel. Junii (Junko Shimada) is a pioneer in Japanese tattooing. She began getting a traditional Japanese bodysuit in the late 1970s, something that is still rare for a woman in Japan today. In 1987, she attended an American tattoo convention to display her tattoos and met tattooer Bill Salmon. They fell in love and she moved to the United States. She now tattoos with Bill at Diamond Club Tattoo in San Francisco, CA and has lectured at museums and conventions throughout the nation. Junii possesses unparalleled inside knowledge of both the Japanese and American tattoo worlds and is widely recognized as the most important woman in Japanese tattooing.
Born and raised in South Florida, Chris Nuñez connected with his creative side early and flourished as an artist in Miami’s burgeoning graffiti scene. In 1999, Chris toured Europe to refine his craft of tattooing, learning from a handful of select mentors and masters along the way. Back in Miami, Chris opened Love Hate Tattoo in 2004 with his friend and fellow tattooer Ami James. In 2005, Love Hate Tattoo became the backdrop for TLC’s groundbreaking show, Miami Ink, in which Chris was a featured cast member for all 6 seasons. In 2012, Chris opened Handcrafted Tattoo Studio and Art Gallery in the Wynwood district near downtown Miami. That same year, Chris was tapped by SPIKE TV to be a judge on their new show Ink Master. Ink Master, currently in its 6th season, is one of SPIKE TV’s highest rated shows in the network’s history.