Largely forgotten for generations, Amabie, as it’s known, is an auspicious yokai (a class of supernatural spirits popularised through Japanese folklore) that was first documented in 1846.
As the story goes, a government official was investigating a mysterious light in the water in the former Higo province (present-day Kumamoto prefecture). When he arrived at the spot of the light, a creature with fishy scales, long hair, three fin-like legs and a beak emerged from the sea.
Amabie introduced itself to the man and predicted two things: a rich harvest would bless Japan for the next six years, and a pandemic would ravage the country. However, the mysterious merperson instructed that in order to stave off the disease, people should draw an image of it and share it with as many people as possible.
I’m a tattoo artist and illustrator from Italy, currently living in Milan.
My works are inspired by many different sources (from comic books and video games to classical art and the world of tattoos) and have a varying range of subjects.
Mostly my aim is to communicate and express sensations or images that inspire me and that I hope may connect with others at a profound level through the symbolism I use.
This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border.