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the tattoo writer talk


Saturday 2nd March
Doors open: 19:30
Event start: 20:00
Location: Drug Store Norwich
St Peter Parmentergate Church
King Street, Norwich NR1 1PG


the tattoo writer is a research project led by French journalist Pascal Bagot, a specialist in tattooing in Japan, based on the photographs of Akimitsu Takagi.

Akimitsu Takagi (1920-1995) was one of the greatest Japanese crime writers of the 20th century. Crazy about tattoos, he documented the underground scene of tattooists and tattooed people in Tokyo in the 1950s and 1960s.

Forgotten in the novelist's library and unknown until their discovery in 2017, these photographs establish him as one of the most important witnesses to the history of tattooing in 20th-century Japan.

the tattoo writer is also a book (released in 2022, reprinted in 2023) that brings together more than 130 of these photographs.

In 2022, Takagi's first book (1948), whose plot revolves around traditional Japanese tattooing, was published for the first time in the UK by Pushkin Press under the title: The Tattoo Murder.

More information on and Instagram @thetattoowriter