Tattoos come out of hiding

Aug 26, 2008

Tattoos come out of hiding

‘There are tattoos that you can show and ones that you should hide,” says Shura, an Osaka tattoo artist. “Traditional tattoos are only OK to show at festivals, certain public baths and during fights. “The cute, fashionable ones, they are OK to show whenever.” ...

Nikon's full-frame camera aims at the 'Canonistas'

| Jan 23, 2008

Nikon's full-frame camera aims at the 'Canonistas'

For many professional photographers, their camera is a friend, a trusted companion and colleague. When an important story hinges on the functioning of their “partner,” they want a product that is, above all, trustworthy. As a result, photographers are often loyal to their chosen ...

Expat artists 'making a home' in NYC have little in common

Jan 10, 2008

Expat artists 'making a home' in NYC have little in common

For many Japanese artists who want to make it in the art world, New York City has yet to shake its image of being an art utopia where anyone can succeed: You’ll find representation by a hip gallery! Share cerebral discourses with art star ...

A new challenge to old traditions

Jan 3, 2008

A new challenge to old traditions

Many visitors to Japan would love to buy an ukiyo-e (Japanese genre painting) woodblock print while here, and then put it on their wall. Dr. Lakra, an Oaxaca, Mexico-based tattoo artist, bought his own, and then added his own improvements to them. A blasphemous ...

'The whole world wanted us dead'

Oct 19, 2007

'The whole world wanted us dead'

The locals call her Madussa, or Medusa. Clearly, 46-year-old Ari Up, the punk-reggae goddess of the recently reformed Slits, is still a mesmerizing presence — and not only because she sports a tangled blonde beehive of dreads. Spending a few days in spring last ...

'Royal Elastics presents Chaz Bojorquez'

Oct 18, 2007

"Royal Elastics presents Chaz Bojorquez"

Tower Records Shibuya Starts Tuesday, ends Oct. 28 Chaz Bojorquez is one of the pioneer graffiti writers of the East Los Angeles scene. His signature style is a hybrid of the provincial Los Angeles Cholo gang tagging that is characterized by Bojorquez’s fine arts ...

Japanese tattoo art carves its mark in the mainstream

Sep 6, 2007

Japanese tattoo art carves its mark in the mainstream

“It seems like every two or three days we are doing a koi (carp) half-sleeve or a dragon tattoo. People in the States are going nuts for Japanese. It’s really blown up over the last two years,” says American tattoo artist Lewis Hess of ...

Exposing our tacky selves

Jul 5, 2007

Exposing our tacky selves

Walking through an exhibition of Martin Parr’s photography is an emotional experience. The Englishman’s works make you laugh, snicker, cringe; they prompt self- and societal reflection; but most of all they make you marvel at the dry wit and superior eye that Parr has ...

Brit devotes lifework to the abused, abandoned

Jun 2, 2007

Brit devotes lifework to the abused, abandoned

For many foreigners, living in Japan poses a host of challenges. Consider, however, the life of Elizabeth Oliver, the owner of ARK animal rescue shelter, who manages a facility that houses 300 dogs, 200 cats, 3 rabbits and one fox in a location that ...

Sweltering in matsuri mayhem

May 15, 2007

Sweltering in matsuri mayhem

As the temperature rises and languid, lazy days melt into humid nights, Japan shifts gear, readying itself for the plethora of local matsuri ceremonies that blossom across the nation in the months ahead. Matsuri, or festivals, are provincial gatherings usually held on Shinto or ...