Horimouja: Japanese Inspired Tattoo Artist

Horimouja
Horimouja

While searching around on various download sites for some new wallpaper backgrounds, I stumbled across a file titled “Horimouja”.  I was curious, so I downloaded it and discovered that it was book scans from a Japanese inspired tattoo artist named Jack Mosher, who uses Horimouja as a nickname.

Jack Mosher is an American artist, born in Florida and raised in Michigan, who took an interest in art and Japan in general at a young age.  His father taught Karate and Judo in a university and one of his dad’s friends gave him an art book by Frank Frazzeta, which he says was his primary inspiration.  Later, in the Marines, he started getting interested in tattoos and got his first one after boot camp.  After he finished his military obligation he started working in high-end security jobs, but did tattoo drawing on the side for a local business.  He eventually decided he wanted to set up his own shop and set out to learn more about tattooing from established artists.

What he wound up with is a distinct style that builds on, but isn’t exactly, traditional Japanese imagery.  He said, in an interview, that he wanted to create a blend of the old and new, to create a unique style that he felt people in areas outside of Japan could appreciate more.  He said that most people don’t quite get the simple style of most Japanese imagery.

I’m not an expert on Japanese art by any means, but I think he’s done a pretty good job.  I got my first tattoo when I was in training for the Army and I’ve always thought about getting more.  This is inspiration to finally get some work done.

Here are a few samples of his work from his MySpace page.

Tattoo by Horimouja
Tattoo by Horimouja
Tattoo by Horimouja
Tattoo by Horimouja
Tattoo by Horimouja
Tattoo by Horimouja
Tattoo by Horimouja
Tattoo by Horimouja

If you’re interested in buying the sketchbooks he’s made, they’re available on Amazon.

Graffiti At the Somerset MRT Skate-Park

The most used entrance and exit for the Somerset MRT station is the one that opens into the new 313 @ Somerset mall.  Even before that mall was there, that entrance was still the most used since it opened onto Orchard Road, which is the main shopping strip in Singapore.  I actually never even knew there was another entrance and exit until I was directed to go back into that area to find an iPhone armband for jogging at the SingTel store.

The area that surrounds that MRT entrance is very green, with tall trees and lots of grass. There’s also a skate park there.  It has half-pipes, rails and ramps, at least that I noticed.  It looked like a good place for people to hang out.  The idea of skateboarding there wasn’t what caught my attention though; it was the graffiti.

Graffiti isn’t something you see in Singapore all that much to start with, and you definitely don’t see graffiti of the quality that’s on display in this skate park.  As we passed by I snapped a few shots.

I don’t have a problem with graffiti.  I think it’s pretty cool, as long as it’s tastefully done on public areas, rather than people’s businesses or personal property.  It’s a great method of self expression and goes a long way towards cultivating artistic talents.

Night Sky Scenes by Spray Paint

Tonight while my wife and I were by the Tampines MRT station I saw this sign and since I have a blog on Blogspot I stopped to check it out.

I spoke to him briefly and he said he had recently returned from a trip to New Zealand and was getting back into painting.  He does his artwork in public to gain free publicity.  He makes paintings using stencils, frisbees, spray paint and a few other odds and ends.  I saw him use a sponge brush and a little scraper looking tool that I don’t know the name of.

The guy’s stuff is pretty good.  I like the designs he chooses to make.  In a way each one is unique, since it’s done by hand.  When I visited his site though, I saw that he makes more than one copy of each and sells it, so if you buy from him your copy won’t be the only one in circulation.  That’s kind of a buzz kill.  Part of the thrill of buying a piece of art is knowing that you have something that’s one of a kind.  On the other hand, the prices are fairly reasonable considering they’re each done by hand.

If you’re interested, here’s a handy link to his site: NightSkyPaintings.

Also, you can watch the video embedded below to watch him create one of his pieces.  It’s not the whole process obviously, but you get to see him lay out the basic parts of the painting and then start on the detail work.  It’s really quite interesting to watch how he does it and the piece he was working on is very nice too.