Paul Binnie, Kemuri, Tattoo Design

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Artist: Paul Binnie (1967-)
Title: Kemuri (A/P)
Date: 1995
Size: 16.4 x 24.3 cm

Kappazuri stencil print on paper.

paul binnie, tattoo design, dragon tattoo, irezumi
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The dragon motif in the tattoo of this print seems to relate to Binnie's interest in the Dojoji temple, as does the very hot colour scheme and the rising stylized white smoke. The artist's fascination with tattoos has lasted throughout his career, culminating in the series 'One Hundred Shades of Ink of Edo' in which he pays tribute to woodblock print artists of the past by reusing some of their designs on contemporary models.


Blending traditional methods with a modern style, Paul Binnie is working mostly under the influence of Shin-hanga movement, founded by the publisher Shozaburo Watanabe (1885-1962). Shozaburo was aiming 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, Paul makes his own prints from beginning to the end by himself, as was done by artists of another post-war movement: Sosaku hanga.

He mostly works in several subjects such as Kabuki, tattoo, landscape and beauty prints. His original plan had been to stay in Japan less than he actually did but once he started to sell his Kabuki prints, he decided to expand his technique more and has created works of this subject until 1998 in Japan. 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). He is still working on a series of woodblock prints of this theme. Near the end of 1997, he began to do Japanese landscape prints and these became a huge success.

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.

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Print FormatOther
ArtistPaul Binnie
SubjectSamurai & Male, Tattoo Design, Contemporary
Dimensions16.4 x 24.3 cm
Condition ReportExcellent condition. Kappazuri stencil print on paper.
PublisherSelf Published
FoldersIn Store, HA