Horisora is a Japanese Traditional Tattoo Artist. I am very excited to have her work for a week with us at Ragtime Tattoo. She is taking appointments from January 27-31. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or her directly at Horisoratattoo@gmail.com
Matt- How did you get your name?
Horisora-I received my name, Horisora, from my master Ryugen of Tokyo Japan. This signified my transition in to the part of my apprenticeship where I began tattooing.
M- What is your lineage? How does your approach to learning tattoo differ from what the average western apprentice goes through?
H- I am a tattooer in the Ryugendo Family, which is comprised of my master Ryugen, my brother deshi Horisuzu of portland Oregon, and Horihyo of Calgary, Alberta Canada and myself. I have spent most of my apprenticeship with Horisuzu in Portland, and travel to be with my master several times a year.
One of the largest differences between a traditional Japanese tattoo apprenticeship and a western tattoo apprenticeship would be the time. Whereas the average western tattoo apprenticeship lasts between 3 and 5 years, a traditional japanese apprenticeship lasts a minimum of 10 years. There is a much longer period of question less observation in the beginning, and often it is the case you do not begin the act of tattooing for a couple of years. Our apprenticeships are conducted in less of a lesson by lesson layout, but rather by learning by watching our teachers in every aspect of our craft and emulating them to the best of our abilities. Besides the actual act of tattooing there are many things we learn that differ, such as serving tea, and etiquette.
M- What do you call your technique? How does it feel?
H- The traditional Japanese method of hand tattooing which I am trained in is called Tebori. In this method we use the same steel needles as are used in western tattoo needles, just more of them and in a different configuration. Generally speaking most people experience less pain with this method than being tattooed by machine.
M- There are many images to tattoo. What are your favorites?
I would have to say I really enjoy tattooing auspicious items such as the Kozuchi hammer (wish granting mallet), sacred jewels, Peaches (100 years longer life), or Darumas.
M- Is there anything you would like to add?
H- There are many different traditional Japanese tattoo families, and each of them do things a little differently. I encourage people who are interested in learning about this craft to look into the different styles of each family and learn about them as individuals.