Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Dentouwaza update!


We are under way with the production of our new book on traditional Japanese irezumi. This time we will be presenting the handtattooed art of Toshikazu Nakamura. Besides from our own photographs captured during two visits to his studio in southern Japan, the book will feature a multitude of photographs from Nakamura Sensei's own photoalbums (examples above).

This book will be a must for anyone into the more graphical and robust look of Irezumi, a style gaining ever increasing recognition here in the west.

The book, "Dentouwaza", is scheduled to be released at the Milan Tattoo Convention February 10-12 2012.

Pre-orders are possible from the 1st of December this year. These books will be shipped 1-2 weeks before the official release date and must be paid for in advance.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

At work.


As the November darkness claws at the door of the Kofuu-Senju Publications creative office, our new book on the hand-tattooed traditional work of Nakamura Toshikazu is slowly taking shape.
In a few weeks "Dentouwaza" will be available for pre-order and then we will hopefully be able to present a sneak preview of the finnished work.

Pre-orders will be sent out as soon as the book arrives from the printers which in effect means 1-2 weeks before the official release at the Milano Tattoo Convention 10-12 February 2012.

The prize is set at 115 Euros+shipping & handling.





Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Dentouwaza Update!






A new photobook on Irezumi from Kofuu-Senju Publications.

-       144 pages
-       150 + photographs of Nakamura Toshikazu’s Irezumi works.
-       All photographs of Irezumi in full colour.
-       Hardcover with embossed title.
-       Threadbound
-       Printed on 170 gr Galerie Art Silk paper
-       Limited Edition of 550 numbered copies
-       Priced at 115 Euro




As with our previous Irezumi publications, Kokoro and Ryushin, our goals are to present an important work and of contemporary traditional Japanese tattoo art. This means that we maintain full and personal control throughout the entire production – from photography to design.

We want to create books for the collector and the curious alike.


Master Nakamura Toshikazu works in Kyushu, one of the southern of Japan’s main islands. His work is simple, bold and powerful, and it is all created entirely using traditional Japanese hand tattooing. Linework, shading and coloring are all done using dentouwaza (jap. hand technique), yet Nakamura Toshikazu is surprisingly productive. The full body tattoos and backpieces presented to the viewer of the photographs in Dentouwaza are but a small part of his body of work.
Nakamura Toshikazu is a warm and open person and we have had the pleasure to spend many hours with him, talking about his work and the way he views the tradition of Irezumi. These hours have led us towards the creation of this book. It’s the third book in an ongoing series of presenting Irezumi the way we discover it as we delve deeper into its world of tradition, myth and beautiful iconography.

We first went to visit Nakamura Toshikazu on the recommendation of master Horiyoshi III of Yokohama. This was in the late summer of 2009, as we were photographing for Kokoro. Our first meeting was on a humid and incredibly warm night in the beginning of September, and we were immediately charmed by the work presented to us. So much in fact, that we decided in the following year that we had to make a book showcasing Nakamura Toshikazu’s distinct style and design.
We visited again in the autumn of 2010 in order to capture photographs of his clients, as well as to have further conversations of everything Irezumi.

Dentouwaza will be released at the Milan Tattoo Convention 10-12 of February 2012, and pre-orders will be taken as of December of 2011.

For information on how to pre-order Your copy, see top right corner of this blog.