Kazuaki Kitamura, also known by his alias Horitomo, is a contemporary Japanese tattoo artist.
Following his initial studies, Horitomo worked at various tattoo studios in Tokyo and Osaka and took part in tattoo conventions, including shows in Amsterdam and Spain. From 2001 onwards, he began to study traditional Japanese tattooing from a master of the style. By now, he’s a longstanding expert in both Western style and Japanese tebori hand tattooing.
We, of course, are particularly taken by his tattoo designs centring on ever so lovely cats – cattoo design!
OH HAI!! is the London debut of artist and print ninja Bob Motown. Originally from Los Angeles, Bob is now in London and invites you to come take a peek into his world. It is a world where felines feast on pizza, pineapples are weapons, and food has arms and legs.
In case you happen to be in London, do check out the current exhibition of Bob Motown’s graphic art at Look Mum No Hands in Shoreditch. His artwork is on show until August 22nd and well worth a visit. We are, of course, particularly impressed with the intricate presence of cats in many of the pieces!
Head over to the Framers Gallery in London for a unique and creative take on the LOLCat phenomenon by a variety of graphic designers, illustrators, photographers, animators and writers (find out more about the artists).
Here’s a (not entirely serious) news item on the show:
but rest assured, the exhibition is seriously taking place now!
Utagawa Kuniyoshi was one of the last great masters of the ukiyo-e style in painting and woodblock printing. Kuniyoshi’s subjects included landscape, women, kabuki actors, mythical animals and… wait for it… CATS!
Getting cat tattoos right? Not the easiest mission out there – try searching the internet for halfway decent specimens and you will soon find that the (not so) fine line to tacky is crossed more often than not. Well, I can thankfully report that some do manage. Political commentator and activist Mona Eltahawy recently adorned her forearm with what must be the coolest cat tattoo out there!
John Reinhard Weguelin (1849–1927) was an English artist who specialised in figurative paintings with opulent backgrounds, typically landscapes or garden scenes. Drawing on Greek and Roman imagery and mythology, Weguelin’s work can be considered classicist (early works) as well as neo-classicist (later works). His style was flexible, often reflecting a free adaptation of the pagan spirit of classical art instead of adhering to a strictly historical interpretation.
In The Obsequies of an Egyptian Cat (1886),a priestess kneels before an altar upon which is placed the mummy of a cat (yup, there it is!). She is burning incense, and has presented offerings of flowers and food and milk to the cat’s spirit. On the wall behind the priestess is an Egyptian fresco, and a statue of the goddess Bastet guards the entrance to the temple. In the Background, stairs lead up to a doorway, opening the view to the sky.
If you are on top of your Egyptian mythology, you will have noticed that this actually leaves us with a second answer to the title question! Bastet (alternatively Bast or Baast) is the second cat in the picture. The feline goddess of ancient Egypt was the protector and defender of the pharaoh as well as the main male deity Ra. When domesticated cats were popularly kept as pets (first millennium BC), Bastet began to be represented as a woman with the head of a cat.