Author(s): Horimoto & Kitamura Kazuaki
An in depth study of the Esoteric Buddhist icon Fudo Myo-o featuring writings and drawings by Kazuaki "Horitomo" Kitamura. Introducing many original drawings by Kitamura, this book also contains knowledge about Fudo Myo-o, esoteric Buddhism and their history. The worship of Fudo Myo-o was very popular in Edo period Japan, a time when tattooing was booming, and widely practiced beyond religious boundaries. Fudo Myo-o in tattooing is usually not for the purpose of worship, but for personal protection or prayer. Fudo Myo-o continues to be a popular and exciting tattoo motif, in Japan and all over the world. This is a unique book and the first of its kind in English.
Kazuaki Kitamura has been tattooing for nearly twenty years and is an expert practitioner of traditional Japanese tattooing. In addition to his extensive knowledge about Japanese tattoo culture and tradition, he is well versed in hand tattooing, the traditional method of Japanese tattooing which predates the electric tattoo machine. Currently, Horitomo resides in San Jose, California where he tattoos by machine and by hand at State of Grace Tattoo.