A week ago we launched KOKORO: THE ART OF HORIYOSHI III.
The party was a great success, people from all over London, Uk and Europe join us to view the beautiful paintings by Horiyoshi III. We had Miki Vialetto, Lal Hardy, Hanky Panky, George Bone (proper old schoolers!!) and friends from Jolie Rouge, Cult Classic, Family Business, Good Times, Into You and more, joining us for a nice evening to finally view this amazing exhibition i worked really hard for. The response was so good, I couldn't be more happy and grateful for the support given from new and old friends.
I really hope that a new idea about tattoos and tattooists will get through the masses and open their eyes to a new world, through one of the best examples of man's devotion to his work and art: Horiyoshi III.
As a young tattooist that still have plenty to learn, but that have witnessed the change in the industry after the mass medias tsunami, I felt that showing Horiyoshi's paintings in such a tattoo-free environment could open a more realistic and deep view for any type of public, into a world that has been often depicted in a misleading way.
The beauty of his work, I believe, can touch everybodies mind and soul, whether there's a knowledge on what's being shown or not......the paintings can charm anybody. That's when, I think, we are in front of true Art.
So please, if you are going to view the exhibition, forget all you know about tattoos you learned on tv, and go with a light heart, and enjoy the view!
Just one week in, and apparently we had already more then 2000 visitors! Books, prints and photos are selling well, so make sure you get yourself some, as books and photos are numbered and limited to a certain number only!
Also, there's and article on the Guarding with a good video about Horiyoshi III you might enjoy.....
And if you need any infos on opening hours or infos about the Somerset House
Before leaving you, here are some new pics of work, exhibition opening night, paintings and more.....