Shinkansen Tokyo to Osaka

Monday, February 21st, 2011

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Adrian Lee, conductor and all the gear on the shinkansen from Tokyo to Osaka.

Winding Down

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

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The Japan portion of Bloodwork:Bodies is on the downslide. For the most part, photography from The Floating World is complete  and I’m preparing to head to San Jose and run the home stretch of the project’s production phase. Shooting this book has been a major focus for the last year and a half; and while I relish the day when my life and time are once again my own, the conclusion will still be bitter sweet…

What’s a bluetooth?

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

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I’ve been bouncing around Japan the last few days photographing more tats for the Bloodwork:Bodies book. Masa has been kind enough to do the driving. His hand are always at 2 and 12 and his eyes focused like a laser on the road ahead.

Adrian and Masa

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

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On the Train to Yokohama. I made it with my Bronica. Ah la la la la la la

Back To Japan

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

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I’m on my way back to Japan for a few days. Adrian and Masa have lined up a couple of heavies in the world of Japanese tattooing who are kind enough to allow me to photograph their work. This next book is going to be a monster…

Japan Wrap Up

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

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Aw Ma, is it really over? Yes, sadly it is. I’m back home now. The jet lag is more or less worn off and I’m slipping back into the grind. I have had a chance to browse through some of the 55 + GB of photos I shot throughout the trip, the lion’s share of which remain top secret for the time being. I am able to share a few gems with everyone out there in blog land. These more or less sum up, at least to me, what was a great trip filled with good times, good friends, and good food. I’m so lucky to be able to work with such an amazing group of dedicated, talented, people. A big thanks goes out to everyone involved.


Tower Records Shibuya Book Signing

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

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Along with all the other goings on on this Japan trip we had a book signing for Bloodwork:Sleeves at the 9 story mega-complex that is Tower records in Shibuya, Tokyo. I always find it a bit odd when people ask me to autograph things.

It doesn’t happen very often and when it does, it’s a little embarrassing. That aside, I truly appreciate the support and will always sign what ever people want me to. In this case it was Adrian doing most of the pen work.

I was really hoping to get the story on why there was still a Tower Records in Japan when all the stores in the states have been shuttered for several years but no one I asked seemed to understand my questions so it remains a mystery.

Bloodwork:Sleeves Osaka Exhibition

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

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This past Saturday was the exhibition for Bloodwork:Sleeves at Three Tides Tattoo in Osaka, Japan.

There was a great turn out, several killer DJ’s, and a mobile burger stand, named Critter Burger selling the “Three Tides Burger”

People seemed to dig the work.

And a good time was had by all. Big thanks to everyone at TTT for all the help and support over the years. Next show is this Saturday at Tower Records in Shibuya, Tokyo.

Bloodwork:Sleeves Osaka Set Up Time Lapse

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

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Here’s a quickie time lapse video, out of the G9, of the Bloodwork:Sleeves art show set up at Three Tides, Osaka Japan. Check it out full screen!


Sunday, January 31st, 2010

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I’m Getting excited to head back to Japan next week with the Analog Tattoo Crew.

Last time I was there was in 2006 for the Full Coverage exhibition.

This time around we’re showing Bloodwork:Sleeves. It’ll be up at 3 Tides in Osaka on February 6th, and at Tower Records in Tokyo on February 13th. We’ll also be traveling to several top secret studios around Hokkaidō, beginning photography for the next Bloodwork book due out in 2011. I’ll be blogging and posting photos as much as possible from the road. Stay tuned.