Paul Binnie Ushiwakamaru and Benkei

Paul Binnie “Ushiwakamaru and Benkei” artwork
Ushiwakamaru to Benkei (Ushiwakamaru and Benkei) is a tattoo design made to fit with an Utagawa school print of male legs, separated from its upper half. My replacement upper half fits with my continuing interest in tattoo motifs and works rather well as a stand-alone design, plus the image of the two heros of medieval Japan is loosely based on a painting by Torii Kotondo. As ever, I like the model and his tattoos to interact in some way, so he is holding a short sword in a similar pose to Ushiwakamaru in the tattoo.
Paul Binnie
Paul Binnie
Ushiwakamaru and Benkei
Japanese title
Ushiwarakamaru to Benkei 牛若丸と弁慶
Series title
Colour woodblock print on paper
Paper dimensions (h × w)
40.9 × 29 cm
Image dimensions (h × w)
Edition size
Artist's proofs
Handsome Men (Bidanshi 美男子)
Tattoos (Irezumi 刺青)
Same model as used for Sharaku's Caricatures, Bang Bang and Umbrellas.
Completing The Picture: The Amherst Project
Catalogue number
157 (L171)
Supplementary images