Toshikata Mizuno, Kumonryu Shinshin from Suikoden, Tattoo

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Original Japanese woodblock print.

Artist: Toshikata Mizuno (1866-1908)
Title: Kumonryu Shinshin from Suikoden
Series title: 16 Heroes from China and Japan
Publisher: Heiji Takeda
Date: 1884
Condition: Minor holes, slightly worn-out edge on the right, light creases on the bottom margin.
Size: 35.4 x 25.0 cm

The most famous tattoos mentioned in the original Suikoden (Water Margin) are those of Shinshin, the first of the heroes to be introduced and still one of the most popular among fans of the story today. The son of a wealthy family, he spent his time practicing martial arts and had a splendid tattoo of nine dragons that gave him his nickname. He eventually joined the group of bandits at Mount Liang and became an iconic figure of the novel.


This print shows Shinshin confronting an opponent with fierceness. In many other print designs, Shinshin is showed with colourful dragons, however, Toshikata Mizuno portrays him with just the outlines, most likely a reference to the early designs of Hokusai of the same hero.

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Print Format Oban (Vertical)
Artist Name Toshikata Mizuno
Title Kumonryu Shinshin from Suikoden
Subject Samurai & Male, Kabuki, Tattoo
Dimensions 35.4 x 25.0 cm
Publisher Iseya Tokichi