Walk Ins Yokohama Tattoo Museum & Shop and Kazuyoshi Nakano Horiyoshi 3 Souryou Studio
Located In Yokohama, the tattoo Museum is one of the Kind in Japan. Established in September 1999, Mayumi Nakano (Wife to Master Horiyoshi 3) runs the place.
In there, you will discover most of the tattoo master’s collection. He keeps the other part in a secret place as only few privileged people have had the chance to see it.
But it doesn’t mean that you will not enjoy what you will see and discover at the Horiyoshi 3 Family Museum. It’s impossible to miss the building. There are conspicuous signs and you will notice the Symbol of the Horiyoshi 3 family at first glance.
At the ground floor of the building, you have to push the tight iron door and find a way to go trough the first collected of Horiyoshi 3 (fee : 1000 Y). Then, on your right ans side, you see Mayumi San, smoking or reading at her desk with her little poodle on the knees. His wife will wave you hand to invite you to walk in the little alley of the museum. You may put your bag on the sofa as you may find it awkward to keep in while walking around.
Follow your eyes and enjoy the visit.
The most famous important tattoo artists of the world, the pioneers of the tattoo industry or just friends have been giving Master Horiyoshi 3 presents for years. You will see Original prints by Bob Roberts, Filip Leu, Ed Hardy, Joe Vegas, Small Paul, Jimmy Ho… and many more!!! You will also see tattoo machine from different eras. Most of them were given by gust but also by other great artists.
You can enjoy some rare fireman’s clothes and hook, tebories, ink powders, hand pokes and real dead head from polynesia but also some original book from Edo period which are still inspirations for Horiyoshi 3. Then go Up the stairs and visit the little room mostly dedicated to the Aïnou civilisation. Maybe the first people in Japan whose tattoos were part of their culture.
It is really hard to explain the feeling and the atmosphere of the place. It is just rare and unexplicable, it is just one of the experience you must enjoy while visiting Japan.
You will definitely want to come back and visit this messy but enjoyable sanctuary and you will probably get a better grasp of who is Horiyoshi 3.
The museum also sells plenty of goodies and artwork pieces dedicated to the Japanese tattoo Masters. You had better save money for gifts that will remind you and your friends of your visit in this quite mysterious place.
Then, please visit Kazuyoshi Nakano Horiyoshi 3 Souryou’s Studio. It is the place where the master’s son works and studies tattooing. This studio was and the museum were established at the same time. Some artists used to work there in the past but now it is the place where Kazuyoshi San keeps tattooing.
Kazuyoshi is his First name.
Souryou means: The elder son of…
Born in 1984 he has always wanted to be a tattoo artist. His father told me he took his son to the 1985 Rome convention and since then, kazuyoshi has developed a passion for tattooes. It was the first time the family travelled together abroad.
Kazuyoshi San spent his childhood in the Japanese tattoo world. He made his first tattoo at the age of 13 on Horigianca, famous Italian tattoo artist and a customer and good friend of Sensei Horiyoshi 3. He tattooed his own name and Horigianca said: «I do Have the first tattoo ever done by a future star».
Then in 2008, he started his apprenticeship with his father who was very strict to him, maybe more than anyone he was to before. Kazuyoshi still practices, draws and paints and then shows his work to his father until artwork reaches perfection.
He is Sensei Horiyoshi 3’s only official apprentice.
Kazuyoshi San is travelling the world under the banner of the Horiyoshi 3 Family. If you don’t visit Yokohama, please check his Instagram profile as he attends about 10 conventions a year all around the world and do some guest after conventions. For exemple you can meet him at Mytattoo, Master Jess Yen’s Parlour in Los Angeles every year ! But also at the Paris, London and Sydney Conventions…
Kazuyoshi Nakano Horiyoshi 3 Souryou is definitly the heir of traditional Japanese tattoo. Still in Progress, he will surely leave a landmark in the next generation of tattoo artists by his art.
Text and photos by Zozios