|Gomineko Tattoo Books was established in Tokyo, Japan in 2000. We stock a huge assortment of Japanese tattoo art and design books as well as our own publictions. Included are books from the tebori masters; outline, design and flash books; as well as ukiyo-e woodblock print anthologies - by the Japanese Masters like Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Tsukioka Yoshitoshi; and painters like Ito Jakuchu and Kawanabe Kyosai - from which comes many of the "traditional" imagery found in Japanese tattoos.
We are also proud to announce the launching of our publishing company Gomineko Press. We are working with some amazing tattoo artists out of Europe & Japan to put out some really nice tattoo art and reference books so check back regularly for new additions and email for wholesale opportunities.
I am an avid bibliophile and this passion is the basis for Gomineko Books. I started collecting tattoos when I was 13 - never one to toe the line. Japanese Tattooing evolved from a class of people also not willing to toe the line, in a culture where uniformity is applauded and encouraged.
This underground culture is another source of fascination for me I've enjoyed watching it's slow emergence to the surface of modern day Japanese culture. As the store has grown, I have become acquainted with many amazing tattoo artists around the globe. Their questions and requests helped guide my research and book acquisitions.
I love a challenge and am happy to help you search for any rare or out of print publications - if it is from Japan I can probably find it. Whether you tattoo or want to get tattooed you'll find inspiration here!
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