Under the Skin: Tattoos in Japanese Prints

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has a new exhibit (opened on April 3) that shows a beautiful representation of tattoo in the art and culture of Japan. If you can not make it to Boston before Jan 2, 2011, when the exhibit closes, you can take an online tour of the exhibit HERE Just click the Tour button and click your way through the exhibit at your leisure.

The exhibit Under the Skin: Tattoos in Japanese Prints runs Apr 3, 2010 – Jan 2, 2011 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston located at: Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115 General Information: 617-267-9300

Tattooing became an important feature of Japanese urban popular culture in the early 19th century, influenced strongly by the success of a series of woodblock prints featuring Chinese martial arts heroes with spectacular tattoos, vividly imagined by the artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Tattoo artists copied designs from the prints and invented new designs that were, in turn, depicted in later prints. “Under the Skin: Tattoos in Japanese Prints” explores the social background, iconography, and visual splendor of Japanese tattoos through the prints that helped carry the art from the streets of 19th-century Japan to 21st-century tattoo shops all over the world.

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