Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World




Immigration Museum
400 Flinders Street
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
What's On

Our Bodies, Our Voices, Our Marks

This groundbreaking photographic exhibition by Kip Fulbeck and Takahiro Kitamura explores the rich history of traditional Japanese tattoo culture and its influence on modern tattoo practice.

Although tattooing is largely seen as an underground activity in Japan, it has persevered and is now internationally renowned for its artistry, lineage, historic symbolism and the skill of its practitioners.

Perseverance features the work of seven highly acclaimed tattoo artists—Horitaka, Horitomo, Horishiki, Miyazo, Shige, Junii, and Yokohama Horiken—and a host of other modern tattoo experts. The exhibition includes life-sized photographs of full body tattoos, interactive elements, and more.

The travelling version of Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World is organised by the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, California, toured internationally by Flying Fish and is supported, in part, by Mariko Gordon and Hugh Cosman.