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Tattoo Life presents the volume Han’nya Brigade, the first title in the new editorial series The Golden Flash Collection, a new publishing channel focused on research and discovery. It aims to showcase projects, artists and interpretations of tattoo art and graphics which the publishing house Tattoo Life – with over twenty years of experience in the field – believes in and chooses to promote to a larger audience

A collection of pieces by 200 international artists who have dealt with the Hannya icon. A range of different styles and interpretations of a unique, clearly defined graphic concept form this marvelous collection, whose key symbol comes from the traditional Japanese Noh theatre.

Contributions by:
Filip Leu, Dalmiro, Ching, Stizzo, Joao Bosco, Vlady, Horichiro, Morg, Matt Collins, Chris Crooks, Otto D’Ambra, Federico Ferroni, Andrea Pallocchini, Stilian Smokov, Rico, Horiei Shinshu, Rinzing, Alix Ge,Tomo and many more…

The project emerges from the idea of Italian tattooist Fabio Gargiulo, who – to celebrate the tenth anniversary of his studio, South Ink Tattoo in Pozzuoli, Napoli – asked his colleagues and friends to create a piece which would represent his studio’s symbol: the Han’nya. Starting with the idea of an exhibition, this volume was created thanks to a collaborative effort with Miki Vialetto. The book is a precious tool and source of inspiration for everyone who wants to use this icon for their works on skin.

“In Japan, the han’nya figure has been handed down from one century to the next, and transversally through the arts – first through oral tradition and then, thanks to literature, through painting, handicraft, and finally theater. Today its appearance goes beyond the borders of Japan’s shores; it has seduced the West with pages of manga, various anime series, and tattoo art (horimono), which takes inspiration from Japanese tradition and re-proposes the patterns, colors and symbolic decorations of ukiyo-e prints. The han’nya continues to be frightening, yet it seems that once she is placed on the skin she also helps protect the wearer from evil influences, similar to the powerful and frightening guards (niō) which are placed at the sides of entryways to temples, to stand guard.”

(Rossella Menegazzo)

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