As our first book, "Ryushin", continues to sell at a steady rate, the release of our photographic portrait of Irezumi master Horiyoshi III of Yokohama is drawing near.
"Kokoro" will be a 24 x 34 cm hardcover and threadbound creation. It will feature 250+ new photographs painting a picture of the artist, his spirit and his work. The cover will be printed and embossed and all the book's features will meet our high personal standards.
"Kokoro" will be officially released at the Milano Tattoo convention on the 11-13th of February 2011.
All photographs were created by Kofuu (Alex Reinke/Horikitsune) and Senju (Matti Sedholm/horimatsu), and have never been published before.
"Kokoro" comes in a highly limited edition of 550 handnumbered copies only.
As of today, we are taking pre-orders. The pre-orders have to be payed in advance through our Paypal account and the price is 234 Euro including shipping. The numbers of the individual copies will be assigned in the order the pre-orders are coming in. We will keep a list of these numbers and Your individual number can be obtained through contacting us via email.
Our Paypal account is firstname.lastname@example.org.
When paying for Your copy, please state the book's title and how many copies ordered.
(photograph from Horiyoshi III's studio by Matti Sedholm, Yokohama, september 2009)
The past few weeks I (Senju/horimatsu/Matti Sedholm) have been in the middle of what can at its best be described as some former of pleasant chaos. At the same time as the winter darkness spreads its blanket of melancholy over the northern landscapes of Sweden, I have packed and shipped more copies of "Ryushin", worked hard on the selection of photographs for "Kokoro", as well as the graphic outlines of this upcoming book, and at the same time kept my private Irezumi work going.
It's been more than hectic, but achievement is a spirit full of rewards, piling up results and treasures from the treasury of hard work. We will soon be able to accept pre-orders for the higly limited hardcover edition of "Kokoro" (555 copies), and information on this will soon follow.
Please remember that if you would like to obtain your copy of "Ryushin" before christmas, orders have to be placed very soon.
(photograph from Horiyoshi III's private collection by Alex reinke, Yokohama Japan april 2010)