matcha: japanese tattoo, october 2

San Francisco friends, something cool to do on a Thursday night... the time has come once again for MATCHA, the Asian Art Museum's monthly evening art/music/mixer series. This month's theme celebrates the time-honored art of Japanese Tattoo, featuring prolific, award-winning tattoo artists Horitaka, Shige, Mutsuo and others. Here are some details:

MATCHA: Japanese Tattoo
Thursday, Oct 2, 5:00-9:00 pm
Asian Art Museum

There's more to getting inked than you think. Takahiro Kitamura -- "HORITAKA," apprentice to the revered master Horiyoshi III -- is an author, prolific tattoo artist, and owner of San Jose's State of Grace. He will deliver a talk on the time-honored art of Japanese tattoos, a rich culture of beauty, commitment, and history. See LIVE demonstrations employing both traditional (no electric needles!) and modern techniques. Joining Horitaka's diverse, talented crew of tattooists are special guests from Japan -- Shige, a powerhouse who's showcased all over the world; Mutsuo, who's designed for Bathing Ape and Hysteric Glamour; and Kazunobu Nagashima, a client of Shige who will proudly display his backpiece, which won a 2007 Milano Tattoo Convention award.

Dip into the world of Zen among samurai warriors through a guided tour of the galleries, learn about Japanese altars, sample refreshing "sencha shots" and "oi ocha" from Ito En, soak up DJ Saiman's aural offerings, enjoy a cocktail with friends, and much more.

MATCHA is the perfect way to get your monthly arts and culture fix. Watch performances, stroll the galleries, create art, mingle over cocktails, enjoy music, and more. Check out the season schedule.

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It's all happening this Thursday, October 2 at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. For all the details on the event, go here. Dude, live demonstrations! Just make sure you don't have too many of those cocktails, or you might accidentally walk out of there at the end of the night with a giant koi fish or something tattooed on your back.

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