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"Nara Black" by Yoshi Yoshitani

Yoshi Yoshitani

"Nara Black" by Yoshi Yoshitani

$ 40.00

Color Anthropology
– How Color Shaped the World –

Color Anthropology features sixty international illustrators and designers who, through their prints and originals, have provided a snapshot into the history, significance, and prominence of some of their favorite colors from throughout the ages. From Egyptian Blue to Millenial Pink, Ancient to Contemporary, each color has stories we can't even begin to imagine. The Color Anthropology Exhibition is on display March 21st - May 20th, 2017.

You can view the gallery and archive of artwork here.


Yoshi Yoshitani
San Francisco

Nara Black
Color: Nara Black / #003738
Giclee Print
12" x 16"

About this piece: 

Japanese Irezumi tattoos, tattoos that cover much of the body and use often Japanese mythology and symbolism as inspiration, became popular in the Edo Period. They used Nara Black, an ink that is famous for becoming a distinct blue-green when inserted into the skin.

These tattoos became unpopular with their eventual association with the Japanese mob, the Yakuza. And finding a tattoo artist, especially one studied in Irezumi tattoos, became very difficult. To this day, many bathhouses refuse service to those with tattoos.

Still, though tattoos and Irezumi tattoos with their Nara Black ink are becoming increasingly popular in Japan.

About this artist:

Yoshi Yoshitani is an Illustrator and Concept Artist based in California. When she's not drawing tattooed ladies, she's researching mythology from all other the world, and she's always got time to hear a new story.


Purchasing Limited Edition Prints:
All prints are made per order on archival, premium matte paper with archival inks. Prints will be individually wrapped in a poly bag and shipped in a rigid cardboard tube within one week of your purchase. For national orders, you can expect your purchased print(s) within 10 days of purchase, while international shipping will vary. **We are a small team and are only able to fill orders on Wednesdays and Fridays. As soon as your package has filled, you will receive an email confirmation and tracking number. There may be short processing period between packaging and shipping. We are not responsible for stolen, damaged, or unclaimed packages.

Purchasing Originals:
If you purchase an original artwork from the exhibition, it will be carefully packaged and shipped after the closing of the exhibition. You will be notified when your package has shipped. We send all originals with tracking, insurance, and signature confirmation.

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