I’ve met Horimomo some years ago in Tokyo and I loved his works at the first sight. He is a very humble person, with a great talent and lots of dedication. Horimomo lives and works in Tokyo, but he is a globetrotter. We’ve seen each other in New York, London, and Catania just to name a few places, but the list goes on and on. Make sure to follow his Instagram profile @horimomo to keep an eye close on this amazing artist and craftman.
When and how did you get started in tattooing?
I started the apprenticeship from the person I was getting tattooed at that time, in the year 2000.
How long did it take to get the first proper results?
After about two years of apprenticeship, in 2002, I became a professional tattoo artist.
Do you consider painting a part of your learning process?
Yes, I do. Same as the other tattoo artists, I’d draw what customers request and other times I’d draw what I like to paint.
Before you’ve started tattooing were you involved in any subculture?(punk , dark, metal, rock and roll, rap…)
I like music, but I wasn’t involved in any musical environment.
If you have to pick three tattoo artists that inspire your work who would you mention and why?
It’s so hard to pick three, but: Horikyo, Bunshin-Horitoshi, and Yozin. They are great artists and amazing human beings, always so nice to other people.
From when you started, how has the business evolved in your country?
I don’t know about the tattoo business in Japan in general. For myself, it’s about the same since I started.
Machines (rotary or coil),Tebori (hand tools) or both? What’s your choice? And why?
I use a machine for outlining, shading and coloring are tebori. Until the year 2007, I was doing tebori for outlining. But for outlining machines can make it faster and clean so I switched it.
Can you list a top five of your favorite visual artists of all eras? What is attractive of their work in your opinion?
Toyokuni III, Kuniyoshi, and Kyosai: I use their artworks as a reference. And then: Salvador Dali and M.C. Escher, because I just simply like them.
How do you feel about the “ban” of tattooing in Japan?
Historically, ban of tattooing has been there so it’s not just started now. This is just the way it is.
What’s the most challenging subject for you and why?
All and every subjects is challenging for me.
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