17 sept. 2008

Horimono / Irezumi (Japanese Tattoo)

Horimono (彫り物, 彫物, literally carving, engraving) is a word used to describe irezumi (Japanese Tattooing ) or to describe the carving of images into a sword blade.

As the power of the common people of Japan grew in the latter half of the Edo period (18th and 19th century CE) horimono, or traditional Japanese tattoos, began to flourish as an art form. Based on images from watercolour paintings, woodcuts and popular picture books of the time, the ultimate reward for the long endurance of pain would be a tattoo of immense beauty. To fully understand Japanese horimono it is important to understand their history and background, and it is equally important to continue to preserve the tradition behind them.

The Japanese word irezumi (入れ墨, 入墨, 文身, 剳青, 黥 or 刺青) refers to the insertion of ink under the skin to leave a permanent mark, in other words, tattooing. The term irezumi traditionally refers to marks made to indicate a convicted criminal. Such marks are not the skillful designs known as the Japanese style tattoo, so while both terms are often used interchangeably, horimono is generally considered the more polite term.

15 sept. 2008


Gymnos + Fine handicaped
Fotos: Sonja & Michael Inselmann

La palabra gimnasta proviene del griego gymnos y significa desnudez.
Los atletas competían desnudos, una práctica para dar mayor realce
a la belleza de la figura humana, además de como tributo a los dioses.

1. Gymnos
Atletas universitarios alemanes
Edición: Manuel Velasco
Música: Tangerine Dream

2. Fine handicaped
Algunos miembos del equipo paralímpico
música: Joie de vivre / Michel Huygen
edición: Manuel Velasco

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4 sept. 2008

Bañándose desnudos en la Antártida / Swimming nudes in Antarctica

Miembros del equipo austaliano-ucraniano Dive Antarctica bañándose desnudos entre los icebergs de la Antártida. Fueron a limpiar la suciedad que dejan los humanos en aquellas aguas y además se divirtieron de esta manera.

Members of the austalian-ukrainian team Dive Antarctica swimming nudes between the icebergs of the Antarctica. They went to clean the dirt that the humans leave in those waters and amused themselves this way.

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