The geisha like you’ve never seen her before

In the book “Japan Reimagined” you’ll find hundreds of images by Mike Dorsey dedicated to the geisha. A classic subject for tattoos, the geisha has its roots in Japan’s most ancient cultural tradition and is used by everyone who proposes Oriental style.

Artwork by Mike Dorsey, in the book Japan Reimagined

Some people maintain this subject’s traditional iconography: here, the geisha is a quintessential feminine image in which her sensual gaze combines with the elegant details in her kimono, typical hairstyle and gestures coded by cultural traditions – and all of this is immortalized on skin in order to best convey the delicate nature of this figure. In the book “Japan Reimagined” (click here), Mike Dorsey takes the geisha and makes her his own, personalizing and reinventing her.

Artwork by Mike Dorsey, in the book Japan Reimagined

She is taken out of the classic era in which she is usually conceptualized and transported to contemporary times, thanks to the endless tsunami of Dorsey’s creativity. And he does the same for all the characters that fill this book (including samurai, ghosts and famous personalities).

Artwork by Mike Dorsey, in the book Japan Reimagined

Here is a geisha reading on her iPad, there she is chewing pink bubblegum, or distorted in front of a mirror… The geisha is deconsecrated, and this shatters the poetic atmosphere found in the ancient images that have immortalized her appeal. The geisha images that Dorsey proposes are devoid of meaning; the kimono is like a mannequin to be dressed with contemporary details.

The geisha is, for Mike Dorsey, what punk music would be for Mozart.

Artwork by Mike Dorsey, in the book Japan Reimagined

Artwork by Mike Dorsey, in the book Japan Reimagined

Artwork by Mike Dorsey, in the book Japan Reimagined

Artwork by Mike Dorsey, in the book Japan Reimagined

Artwork by Mike Dorsey, in the book Japan Reimagined

Artwork by Mike Dorsey, in the…

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