About the Book
For the past six years, acclaimed Japanese photographer Makoto Kubota has photographed dozens of practitioners of the ancient Japanese art of “irezumi.” The English translation of this word, “tattoo,” is woefully inadequate to fully convey the skill required to create these living works of art, as well as the honor which accrues to the individual who undergoes the painful, multi-year process of receiving this body art. Born in Japan in 1957, Makoto Kubota is one of Japan’s most accomplished and international free-lance photographers. A graduate of the Tokyo College of Photography, he has lived in, and extensively photographed, Europe, Africa, North America, and Asia, working for both Japanese and international clients. His portraits of elite athletes, top politicians, media celebrities and artists have been published in dozens of Japan’s news and photography magazines. Kubota’s published books include Children of the World: Korea (Kaiseisha, 1986), Hot Mexico (NTT Books, 1998), Sumo (Chronicle Books, 1999) and others. Kubota has exhibited his work in galleries in Japan and Europe, including two exhibitions in Geneva.