Born Yoshihito Nakano in 1946, Horiyoshi III is considered to be the last living legend specializing in Irezumi, full body Japanese tattoos. Master Horiyoshi has been tattooing for over 35 years and his tattoos are usually outlined by free-hand using machine, but color is inserted using the traditional Tebori or Japanese hand poke tattooing technique.
His images are classical Japanese woodblock print motifs such as the phoenix, dragon, snakes, tigers, samurai warriors, Buddhist gods to name a few as well as background images of waves, clouds and various flowers. Among Horiyoshi III's published works are 36 Ghosts, 108 Heroes of the Suikoden, 100 Demons, and The Namakubi (severed heads), 100 Dragons and 58 Warriors. Horiyoshi?s artistic genius and generosity of spirit have had a defining impact on the world of tattooing, taking it to new levels in this new century.
Yoshihito Nakano aka. Horiyoshi III
HORIYOSHI the THIRD is a collection of modern mens/womens wear and jewelry inspired by legendary Japanese Tattoo Master, Horiyoshi III of Yokohama. The line offers a glimpse into the artistic realm of Horiyoshi III through exceptionally crafted knitwear and jerseys combined with exquisite accessory items.
With a focus on fit and quality of fabric, Horiyoshi the Third is a high end, casual clothing line with a subtle edge of mystery. Our line artfully ties together the raw beauty of Horiyoshi?s classic designs with modern sophistication and elegance. All products are produced in Japan on a limited run basis to ensure the authenticity and exclusivity of his name and work remains the symbol of his artistic legacy.
All of our jewelry pieces are designed by Horiyoshi III, the master himself and fabricated by our in-house jewelry designer Naoki Hidaka better known as Creep. Creep's extreme attention to detail comes from his background as a former dental technician and he prides himself on being able to emulate the master's detailed designs as close as humanly possible. We at Horiyoshi the Third are proud to present to you another medium of Horiyoshi's art via jewelry as an outlet.
Established in 2008
Mens and Accessories Debut A/W 2009-2010
Womens Debut S/S 2010