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Backpiece #1
Backpiece #1
woodcut / skinprint
paper 40'' x 26''

Honolulu Printmakers Annual Juried Exhibition 2009

The coexistence of beauty and eeriness in japanese fishprints (Gyotaku) inspired
me to adapt the technique to the human body , and combine it with a tattooedimage executed as in japanese ukiyo-e (woodblockprinting).
I paint sumi ink upon an actual persons body, lay Japanese paper over the inked up skin and print the same, wich leaves a rough impression of the human shape, sometimes pores and Hair become visible…
Then I create a tattoo for this particular persons edition of ‘’Gyotaku’’ prints. The Tattoo is carved as woodblocks, inked and printed as in traditional Ukiyo-e printmaking.

In Japanese history there is a tight link between Ukio-e and tattooing.