Digging deeper than the recent Western culture popularization and trend of tattooing, two books from Edition Reuss,Traditional Tattoo in Japan: Horikazu and Spiritual Skin: Magical Tattoos and Scarification, surpass the ‘coolness’ of body art to detail the history, tradition and spirituality aspects of the ancient art.
Traditional Tattoo in Japan: Horikazu is a photographic journey by Martin Hladik, of late Japanese tattoo master Horikazu known for his traditional Japanese tebori tattooing technique and original hand-drawn art. The book is an in-depth look at personal and familial photos of the master and interviews with his successor Horikazuwaka. The second book, Spiritual Skin: Magical Tattoos and Scarification, takes a more educational route by shedding light on the ritual of body modification and its religious and spiritual meanings within tribal and shamanic societies. Made for the tattoo enthusiast in you, you can buy the former for $250 here and the latter for $200 here.