Paul Binnie, Dragon and Demon Tattoo

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Paul Binnie (1967-)
Title: Dragon and Demon (Ryu ni Oni)
Edition: 20/100
Published: by the artist
Date: 1997
Condition: Some marks and light stains on the margins.
Size: 42.6 × 29.9 cm

For this design, Paul Binnie used a model who had the actual tattoo seen in this print. Often he would add a tattoo to an otherwise uninked model, such as his use of images derived from ukiyo-e artists' prints in his series 'Edo zumi hyaku shoku' (One Hundred Shades of Ink of Edo). However, in this case, the 'Dragon and Demon' tattoo was a real one. The man depicted is wearing a fundoshi, a male loincloth that is now mainly worn on specific, traditional occasions such as matsuri (festivals).

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Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Paul Binnie
Title Dragon and Demon (Ryu ni Oni)
Subject Samurai & Male, Contemporary, Tattoo
Dimensions 42.6 × 29.9 cm
Publisher Self Published