Paul Binnie, Harunobu's Bathtub, Tattoo Design


Artist: Paul Binnie (1967-)
Title: Harunobu's Bathtub (45/100)
Series: A Hundred Shades of Ink of Edo
Date: 2007
Condition: Excellent condition.
Size: 29.5 x 42.7 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

Paul Binnie, Harunobu's Bathtub, Tattoo Design
Paul Binnie, Harunobu's Bathtub, Tattoo Design Paul Binnie, Harunobu's Bathtub, Tattoo Design

The figure tattooed on the model's right upper arm is derived from Suzuki Harunobu's (1725-1770) circa 1767-68 print, 'Two Women Washing Their Hair'. Binnie isolates the right-hand figure and her washbasin from the original composition, placing her in tattoo-form on the shoulder of a seated beauty who squeezes water out of a sponge held to her chest while surrounded by clouds of steam.

Paul Binnie

Blending traditional methods with a modern style, Paul Binnie’s work is heavily influenced by the Shin-hanga movement, founded by the publisher Shozaburo Watanabe (1885-1962). Shozaburo aimed to renew declining Ukiyo-e tradition and break into foreign markets by commissioning new, young artists who would work within the old co-operated system, composed of the publisher, artist, engraver and printers. However, Binnie works independently, making prints from beginning to the end, as was done by artists of the post-war Sosaku hanga movement. He works across several different subjects including kabuki, tattoo, landscape and beauty prints. Binnie’s original plan of a short stay in Japan changed once he started to sell his kabuki prints. He decided to expand his technique and remained in Japan creating works of this subject until 1998. His interest in Japanese tattoo was born when he saw Yakuza, members of the Japanese mafia who traditionally have body tattoos, bathing for the first time in a sento (Japanese-style public bath). Near the end of 1997, he began to expand into Japanese landscape prints, which became a huge success.

More Information
Print FormatDai-Oban
ArtistPaul Binnie
SubjectBeauty & Female, Shunga Erotica, Tattoo Design, Contemporary
Dimensions29.5 x 42.7 cm
Condition ReportExcellent condition.
SeriesA Hundred Shades of Ink of Edo
PublisherSelf Published