Japan Reimagined: a new book by Mike Dorsey

Japan Reimagined – Modern Curiosities and Untold Stories by Mike Dorsey is the new book of the series The Great Books on the Art of Tattooing.

This amazing volume highlights the most classic tradition of Japanese iconography with a new light, sharp as a laser. It compiles over 300 paintings and illustrations and offers a glimpse into Mike’s wonderful and crazy creative world.

Japan Reimagined – Modern Curiosities and Untold Stories by Mike Dorsey
Japan Reimagined – Modern Curiosities and Untold Stories by Mike Dorsey
PRE-ORDER NOW!!! 70€ INSTEAD OF 90€ – CLICK HERE!
The book will be available for shipping from March 10th.

Classic tales from the Japanese cultural tradition and timeless icons of this style – such as geisha, samurai, kabuki theatre actors, good and evil spirts, as well as divinities – become the protagonists of a bizarre, distorted and ironic universe.

Japan Reimagined – Modern Curiosities and Untold Stories by Mike Dorsey
Japan Reimagined – Modern Curiosities and Untold Stories by Mike Dorsey

It’s a flurry of emotions which at times draws you into a universe that resembles Blade Runner set during the ukiyo-e period, with costumes fashioned according to Japanese traditions that are revisited in color, and details that display the crazy genius of their creator.

Japan Reimagined – Modern Curiosities and Untold Stories by Mike Dorsey
Japan Reimagined – Modern Curiosities and Untold Stories by Mike Dorsey

In other illustrations the light is thrown on individual frames, “selfies” of characters, portraits of strange figures which at first glance seem to be presented in a classic style according to the ukiyo-e guidelines, but are actually revisited by playing with small details that emerge silently, in which you can sense a clear condemnation of global consumerism and the vices of a society that seems to be slowly decaying.

Japan Reimagined – Modern Curiosities and Untold Stories by Mike Dorsey
Japan Reimagined – Modern Curiosities and Untold Stories by Mike Dorsey

«When Mike first showed me his paintings, my initial feedback was that they were pleasurable images that you pause to look at because you can recognize their beauty. But then my gaze went deeper, attracted by something strange. I suddenly realized that I hadn’t understood anything at all, and that each image has its own new story to tell, whether intriguing or morbid. Though dressed in the calm, elegant look of ukiyo-e, actually there was a whole new story to tell…» (from the introduction by Miki Vialetto)

Japan Reimagined – Modern Curiosities and Untold Stories by Mike Dorsey
Japan Reimagined – Modern Curiosities and Untold Stories by Mike Dorsey

About the author: Mike Dorsey is a renowned Cincinnati (Ohio) based tattooer and painter. His artworks are heavily based on ukiyo-e imagery, incorporating modern themes with a bizarre and ironic approach.

Japan Reimagined – Modern Curiosities and Untold Stories by Mike Dorsey Japan Reimagined – Modern Curiosities and Untold Stories by Mike Dorsey Japan Reimagined – Modern Curiosities and Untold Stories by Mike Dorsey Japan Reimagined – Modern Curiosities and Untold Stories by Mike Dorsey
PRE-ORDER NOW!!! 70€ INSTEAD OF 90€ – CLICK HERE!
The book will be available for shipping from March 10th.

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