This stunning exhibition explores the artistry of traditional Japanese tattoos along with its rich history and influence on modern tattoo practices.
Through the display of a variety of photographs, including life-sized images of full body tattoos, as well as interactive elements and sculptured objects,
Perseverance covers a broad spectrum of the current world of Japanese tattooing.
Perseverance was developed by the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles and completed a multi-city US tour in 2015-16. It is being toured
internationally by Flying Fish Exhibits and Newcastle Museum is the first collecting institution in Australia to host this exhibition.
The exhibition as a perfect fit for Newcastle and its thriving community of tattoo enthusiasts and artists, with nearly 1,000 registered tattoo studios
in Australia, and about 40 of these are in Newcastle alone.
Although tattooing is largely seen as an underground activity in Japan, Japanese tattoo artists have pursued their passions, applied their skills,
and have risen to become internationally acclaimed artists. Through the endurance and dedication of these tattoo artists, Japanese tattooing has also
persevered and is now internationally renowned for its artistry, lineage, historical symbolism and skill.
Curated by Takahiro Kitamura and photographed and designed by Kip Fulbeck, Perseverance explores Japanese tattooing as an art form by acknowledging
its roots in ukiyo-e prints and also examines current practices and offshoots of Japanese tattooing in the U.S. and Japan.
Perseverance features the work of seven internationally acclaimed tattoo artists, Ryudaibori (formerly Horitaka), Horitomo, Chris Horishiki Brand, Miyazo,
Shige, Junii and Yokohama Horiken, along with tattoo works by selected others.
The Perseverance exhibition at Newcastle Museum is supported by The Japan Foundation, Sydney.