Tattoo master Horiyoshi III is the most respected tattoo artist in Japan, having his “epiphany when confronted with a Yakuza (Japanese gangster) sporting a full body tattoo—or “suit”—at a public bathhouse as a young boy. Inspired, he visited the studio of his later master, Horiyoshi I, for his own tattoo, and subsequently became his apprentice at the age of 25. Now based in the suburbs of port-city Yokohama, Horiyoshi works from a secluded, quiet atelier, crammed with skulls, Japanese Noh theater masks and even a dragon-print umbrella from Vivienne Westwood”.

Nowness have captured a beautiful video of Horiyoshi the third including a preview of the recently released Horiyoshi III clothing line, which transfers his artistic tattooing skills to garments and jewelry.