Horikazu from Tokyo Asakusa is a prolific horishi, a Japanese traditional tattoo master who has been active for the past forty years.
Young Horikazu then moved to Tokyo he hoped to be introduced to Horiyoshi II, but it never happened. Instead he started to work as an assistant of Horitake Sensei from Asakusa. He taught him not just tebori tattoo technique, but also “ ways of life—of how a man should be….”
After some time working for Horitake sensei, Horikazu began to want to learn tattoo art overseas, especially in Hamburg. It was year 1970. “My reason for choosing Germany was because of the famous tattoo artist, Herbert Hoffmann.
Horikazu lived and work more then 40 years in Asakusa. He loved this place, very lively and busy quarter of the city, hub of traditional culture and popular entertainment with number of traditional festival through the year.
Through the period of several years Horikazu and his clients were intensively photographed by Czech photographer Martin Hladik. After Horikazu died in 2011, all images has been published in large 400+ pages book in Germany and it became “must to have” for many oversea tattoo masters. Order the book here.
Clients, knowledge as well as spirit of Horikazu tattoo studio has been inherited by his son Horikazuwaka, who naturally took over of his tattoo business. Beside the business itself he gained also father’s artistic name and became – Horikazu II.