大阪のタトゥーアーティスト MUTSUO 1/3 – Tattoo Age: Mutsuo Part 1

大阪のタトゥーアーティスト MUTSUO 1/3 – Tattoo Age: Mutsuo Part 1

[OSAKA, JAPAN] [MUTSUO, TATTOO ARTIST] I don’t think Mutsuo would ever talk about himself that much. [CHRIS GARVER, TATTOO ARTIST] He’s a very unassuming kind of guy. You’d meet him and you’d be like, oh, he’s a really nice, quiet guy, and he’s not like a hustler, he’s just really dedicated to tattooing as an artist. He’d learn how to tattoo everything. Kind of like in the United States in the 90s, you just tattooed whatever came in the door. He kinda got like an American 90s tattoo education. He’s probably the first person in Japan to get that. He’s a maverick. He doesn’t even know. [TATTOO AGE] [MUTSUO] [PRESENTED BY NEW ERA, FLY YOUR OWN FLAG] [NAMI, TATTOO ARTIST] Mutsuo’s tattoos are not tied to one kind of style. Whatever the style, Japanese or American traditional, he accomplishes it flawlessly. [MASA SAKAMOTO, THREE TIDES OWNER] Mutsuo did this God of Wind and Lightning dragon that I love. His work is powerful. [HIROSHI HIRKAWA, TATTOO ARTIST] He knows the history of tattooing and highly values its foundations. That comes out of his art and tattoos. I try to perfect every style that I can. Having to choose one that I like better makes me have to give up the other ones. There’s so much that I still need to absorb. Mutsuo, he’s like a walk-in artist. I don’t know like if he has any weaknesses at this point. Like everything I’ve seen him do looks totally legit. He started tattooing I guess in 2000, 2001. Yeah, I can’t believe he’s been tattooing for like 13 years now, you know, time goes by so quick, but Mutsuo is like the foundation at Three Tides now. Three Tides Osaka is located in Minami Horie. It’s in a neighborhood called Minami Horie in Osaka. All of Minami Horie is a fashion town. It’s a great vibe. The shop is very open and has two floors, and it’s in a great location. The tattoo artists are… In Japan, there’s Nami and Hiroshi. Ichibe travels the world. It’s been awhile. -Oh, sorry, thanks so much.
-Just thought I’d bring this since I was coming. He brought us this, so tell everybody to thank him. Customers, they are bringing in some food. Some sweets. There are a ton of customers who come from far away. We get appointments from all over. People come from the US, Australia and Europe. We have a fun atmosphere here. I knew about Hiroshi and his artwork before I started working here. I thought his ukiyo-e paintings were amazing. I hasn’t even been two years since Hiroshi started tattooing. He’s just as serious about his tattooing as he is about his painting. He’s going to get better and better as an artist. Nami is the tattoo artist at Three Tides that I’ve worked with the longest. He does very clean black and gray work. He loves metal. Nami’s a metalhead. Mutsuo and I have a relationship as friends but also as co-workers. We’re also teacher and student as well as rivals sometimes. I didn’t know anything about tattooing when I first started apprenticing. I didn’t know how to design or how to use any tools. Mutsuo taught me all of those things. Mutsuo got angry at me all the time when I was apprenticing. I couldn’t draw Japanese or American-style tattoos all the time. I would get yelled at until I was able to do it. When he gets mad he gets really mad. But he’s usually just joking around. Mutsuo is still pretty strict with the younger guys who are apprenticing. If he’s lecturing them he’ll raise his voice. I definitely feel bad. It’s hard to have to yell at someone. We’re still expanding and working on becoming more successful. I want to continue to work hard for everyone who helped us get to where we are. -How many years has it been?
-I don’t know. -Is it gonna hurt?
-A lot, actually. I forget what it’s like. I like it. -Good luck then.
-You usually never say that to me. In general, Japanese people are just shy. It’s rare to have a camera crew in a tattoo shop. I’m sure the customers aren’t used to cameras either. But Masa isn’t shy at all. Hey. -How are you?
-Good. I got so tan. You’re really dark. The luckiest thing that ever happened to me was meeting Masa. I wouldn’t be working here if I hadn’t met him. He’s kind of like a big brother to me, even though he’s my boss. This is the new one. They all got changed? Yeah, when we got the new ones. I have tremendous respect for him, I’ve learned a lot from him, not only about tattoos. As a tattoo shop owner, he’s considered a pioneer in Japan. We started Three Tides in 1998. 14 or 15 years ago was a pretty early time to set up a tattoo shop. There weren’t really any street tattoo shops here. People used to get tattooed in private spaces and not in shops. If you wanted a tattoo, you’d have to ask people with tattoos. Sketchy people with tattoos. Otherwise you couldn’t find a place to get tattooed back then. When Three Tides started, it was like a very new concept in Japan, to have like a Western-style shop where you could get to go in and you could get almost any type of tattoo, wasn’t necessarily a Japanese-style tattoo, it could be an American traditional, or single needle black and gray, or Japanese maybe like, you know, just a dragon on your arm. I think a lot of people that were young, whether they were into skateboarding or rock ‘n’ roll, a lot of ’em would be intimidated to go to a traditional tattoo shop and be like, “I wanna get a panther,” you know, it’d be like, just something that wasn’t really done at that time. That was a niche that Three Tides filled for a lot of people. Something they saw in an American tattoo magazine they could get done in Japan without having to travel to the United States or Europe or something like that. Mutsuo can really do anything. Mutsuo is a sponge. He can do anything. But more than anything, he’s someone who treasures Three Tides. He means a lot to me. I think of myself as an original member of Three Tides, so I want it to become more well-known. I want everyone who works here to succeed and help make a name for this shop. Just keep working harder, that’s what’s important to me. [VICE, CONTINUED IN PART 2]

69 thoughts on “大阪のタトゥーアーティスト MUTSUO 1/3 – Tattoo Age: Mutsuo Part 1

  1. I really think in recent years, things are very slowly changing. Some onsen in my area don't mind tattoos as much. I live in Akita also, which is not the biggest city around so many would assume it is conservative regarding tattoos. I really hope things continue to become a bit more free as being able to display some of the great Japanese style tattooing is amazing in itself. As you said though, I am waiting until before I head home to tattoo myself as well. I love onsen too much…

  2. All you have to do is to put the tattoo on a spot on your skin where it will be completely covered by clothing. No big deal at all!!!

  3. My friends travelled to Nippon for the first time a few years ago and they all have tattoos (not small either). When they came back I asked them how did they like it there and they said I could not experience what they had wanted to for this reason. This is the reason why I dont have a tattoo.

  4. アメリカとかではかっこいいが日本ではクズがおおい。


  5. かっこいいなぁ!いれたいんだけど何をいれるかでずっとなやんでいれれないままきてしまったw

  6. funny i was there last year, the shop's in osaka. I actually went to get a tat down the street from this shop from Invasion Club and stumbled upon 3 Tides afterwards. They're really into western old school. The shop is pretty nice

  7. I love Japoneses…I think is a country I would like to live, if I get rich I go live to Japan, they are very polite and humble , is my can of people

  8. 正直刺青入れると

  9. タトゥーのファストファッション化が進んでますなー。長くて10年、たぶんケミカルジーンズみたいになっちゃうよ。ファッション=流行だからね、ファッションで入れるものじゃないと思うで。

  10. 胸の上にロックンロール!とか

  11. 多国籍なスタジオだね

  12. 相模原の事件。タトゥーだけが原因ではないだろうが、タトゥーを入れたことによって職を失い人生が大きく狂ってしまう可能性があるから入れたい人はもっとよく考えて入れるべき。

  13. ワンオクみたいなワンポイントをコソコソ増やすのクッソダサい、覚悟が足りない。

  14. てかタトゥーごときでそこまで強く反応するのって世界中どこさがしても日本人くらいだとおもう

  15. タトゥーはファッションとしては好きだけど、いれるとなると痛いし一生残るし入れたいと思わない。シールでいいと思う。入れたがる人の理由が分からん

  16. 本気で日本で刺青の地位向上を考えるなら

  17. バキバキに鍛えた筋肉の上にあるタトゥーは格好良いけど、ヒョロガリのタトゥーはみっともない

  18. tattooや刺青が好きでないなら、ほっとけばいいだけの話を、ことさら貶したり絡んでくるのは結局、羨ましかったり妬ましいんかなと思ってしまう。だって、高いお金を払って痛い思いをしたり、それを一生背負っていくのは入れた本人なんだよ。関係ない他人がとやかく言う事じゃない。それとも何か関係あるの?

  19. ワンポイントだけちょこっと彫ってる人とガッツリ背中に彫ってる人なら僕はガッツリ背中に彫ってる人の方がかっこいいと思う

  20. ずっと綺麗に残るならいいけど 5-6年後には線が広げて色も褪せて 十年後とかにはめちゃ薄くってダサい感じになってしまうよね ここすごく萎えるw

  21. タトゥーがどうとかではなく。1つのことを真摯に向き合ってやってる。というのが凄い。それがマイノリティなモノであっても、大事なのは向き合い方だと思う。

  22. 暴力とか反社会的なイメージが強いから受け付けない😖

  23. 刺青にも武家彫り、博徒彫り、職人彫りと色々あって、日本や中国の古典文化に根差した非常に洗練された図案も多い。彫り物=反社とイメージで決めつけて叩くのは上古の昔から続く国の文化を貶める行為。社会生活を送る上の不都合を考えた上で自分が選べば良いだけの話。

  24. 批判する人や良いイメージを持てない人は タトゥー入れてる"普通"の人と接した事がないんかな〜
    実際 タトゥー入れてる"普通"の人と接することができたら、自分が考えてた程タトゥー入ってる入ってないってどうでもよいってゆうか、しょもないもんやと気づくと思うけどな〜 タトゥーってほんまに騒がれる程でもないもんなんやけど、 入れた人が過剰に理不尽を訴えてたり、偏見ある人が過剰に批判してたり ただお互い過剰になってるだけやと思うわな〜

  25. タトゥーはそうでもないけど、ガッツリ彫ってある和彫りはやっぱり威圧感あるなぁ。。

  26. 20代前半の時に ファッションとしていいなあって思ってた。子も産む気ないし、見えない所ならいいかなって感じで。

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