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Classic Japanese Irezumi - Uigu Lee

Tattoo artist Uigu Lee / Photo: @zumiism

Next month, on May 25-26, the 10th International Moscow Tattoo Convention gathers all fans of modern tattoos at the exhibition center in Sokolniki. Many people are waiting for this convention as the most significant tattoo event of the year, and it is not surprising, because the organizers always collect a large number of unique artists from around the world.

One of the special guest of the convention will be Uigu Lee. The Korean master is world famous due for his large-scale tattoos of the classic Japanese direction - Irezumi.

Tattoo artist Uigu Lee classical Japanese Irezumi tattoo | Korea

This art form is very popular in the west, while at homeland, in Japan, there is a somewhat negative attitude towards it. All due to the fact that this type of tattoo has criminal roots. In the past, such a tattoo was applied to prisoners for a crime. After getting out of prison, trying to hide the "shameful" label, ex-prisoner tried to disguise his tattoo by completing Irezumi with new details and colors. As a result, the picture grew and, depending on the number of “labels,” could cover almost the entire body. Later, such marking was refused, and Irezumi was prohibited. Irezumi was legalized only in the middle of the last century in 1945, but its criminal "taste" has remained to this day.

At the 10th International Moscow Tattoo Convention Uigu Lee will become a special guest and member of the jury of the event.

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Text: Oleg Zarvsky