'Tattoos in Japanese Prints' at the Asian Art Museum is on view through August 18.

'Tattoos in Japanese Prints' at the Asian Art Museum is on view through August 18. (Courtesy Asian Art Museum)

Writhing dragons, coiling snakes, swirling thunderclouds, snarling lions. Tattoos in Japanese Prints uncovers the interplay between ink on paper and ink on skin in mid-19th century Japan, showing how printmakers transformed eye-catching tattoos from a passing fad into a lasting art form. Superb prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi and his contemporaries featuring tattooed heroes, warriors and stars of the Kabuki stage reveal styles and motifs that have inspired tattoo artists for more than 200 years.

We’re giving away three pairs of VIP tickets to the Asian Art Museum’s Tattoos in Japanese Prints. Winners will receive their tickets by USPS. 


From all entries, we’ll randomly select two winners (value $150). Deadline to enter is Sunday, June 23th at 11:59 PM, limit one per entry. Winners will be notified by email and asked for their mailing address to receive their tickets via USPS. Mailing addresses will not be used for marketing or promotion. You must be a California resident and 18 years or older to participate. Employees of KQED are not eligible to enter.

See more about the exhibition, on view through August 19, 2019.

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