A project of Brooklyn Historical Society
Cross-Cultural Fusion in the Art of Japanese Tattooing
Tattoo by Chris Horishiki Brand


This photograph (click to enlarge) shows the work of tattoo artist Horishiki (Chris Brand), who is based in Anaheim, CA.

"As a pioneer in new fusion styles, Horishiki brings a unique perspective to Japanese tattooing and showcases some of the most traditional works to date, including his own original concept of Chicano/Latino interpretations of traditional Japanese fables [as seen above]," (Perseverance, p 196).

Chris Horishiki Brand writes,

"My personal endeavor in tattooing focuses on retelling the stories of the classic 14th century Chinese novel Shui Hu Zhuan (or Water Margin, also known as Suikoden in Japanese) in the timeline and context of 1980s Los Angeles. The original tale of a group of outlaw brigands fighting a corrupt government struck a nerve with the Japanese public during the Edo Period (1600 - 1867 CE) and due to its elaborate illustrations, became part of the Japanese tattoo craze of that era. I found that many of the themes that the Japanese so readily accepted and related to were easily applicable and similar to Chicano history and Chicano tattoo culture. I also feel there is a very strong connection between Japan and the West Coast of the United States. As an American living in Los Angeles, this concept of finding common ground in differing cultures is part of daily life. This connection has become part of a larger global phenomenon: that of people being brought together through the art of the tattoo," (Perseverance, p 161).