The 108 Heroes of Los Angeles -Talk by Chris Brand (Horishiki)
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In conjunction with our new exhibition, Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World, Morikami is proud to present a lecture featuring tattoo artist Chris Horishiki Brand. This lecture is underwritten by the Homer and Martha Gudelsky Family Foundation


Friday, April 8th, 2016

7:15pm (museum doors open at 6:00pm)

  • Cost: $10 for non-members, $7 for members
  • Tickets can be purchased at the door the day of from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.
  • Pre-ordered tickets will be held at the door under your name the day of the event
  • Please note that the Cornell Café and Gardens will be closed for the evening but the Galleries and Store will be open.

The “108 Heroes of Los Angeles” is a collection of stories depicting the peoples’ rebellion against tyranny and oppression from the corrupt government in late 70’s/early 80’s Los Angeles. Through these stories of varied epic struggles, strong individuals hailing from all walks of life find that by working together anything is possible. Combining the style and tradition of both Japanese and Chicano tattoo and based on the great 14th century Chinese novel “The Water Margin”, the power of community minded teamwork is celebrated and visualized in the dramatic and traditional format of tattoo. This connection of cultures has become part of a larger global phenomenon: that of people being brought together through the art of the tattoo.


Chris Horishiki Brand lives and works in Los Angeles California and is one of the world’s leading tattoo artists. He has worked with tattoo legend Jack Rudy at the famed Good Time Charlie’s Tattooland in Anaheim for over 15 years. Horishiki is the co-author of The Ulysses Guide to the Los Angeles River (GK Editions, 2008), which had an accompanying exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. His work is included in the “LA Liber Amicorum” blackbook project at the Getty Research Institute, and he has done graphic design for various companies as well as illustrations for books and magazines. As a pioneer in a new fusion of styles and cultures, Horishiki brings a unique perspective to Japanese tattooing and showcases some of the most original concept of Chicano/Latino interpretations of traditional Japanese fables. He received the title Horishiki from Horitomo in 2013. His work is featured in Morikami’s exhibition Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World.