Japanese Tattoo has been extended to November 29 based on public demand.


Access our FREE web-based Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition audio tour. Use your own mobile device and headphones and our free wi-fi to stream the audio tour in the galleries or enjoy the tour at home on your computer.

Launch Audio Tour

Organized by the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition focuses on the work of seven internationally acclaimed tattoo artists –Ryudaibori (formerly Horitaka), Horitomo, Chris Horishiki Brand, Miyazo, Shige, Junii, and Yokohama Horiken – inspired by the Japanese tradition of tattooing and heavily influenced by the traditional Japanese arts of calligraphy and ukiyo-e woodblock printmaking.

Specially commissioned photographs of work by each artist will be displayed alongside tools and relief carvings, as well as a recreated Torii. A companion book of the same title features additional photographs and writings, and is published by the Japanese American National Museum.

Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition is created, designed and photographed by Kip Fulbeck, and curated by Takahiro Kitamura (Ryudaibori, formerly Horitaka).

Tattoo Stories

Richmond is the third most tattooed city in the country. Since VMFA’s latest special exhibition, Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition, explores the history and artistry of Japanese tattoo, it seemed only fitting that the museum also explore tattoo art right in our own backyard. A few weeks ago, VMFA sent out a call to Richmond’s inked community to stop by the museum and have their art photographed by Norfolk photo-artist Glen McClure. Below McClure captures not only the diversity of tattoos in the city and the personalities of the people who wear them but also the compelling stories behind these pieces of art. Read More…

Free for VMFA members, children 6 and under, and active-duty military personnel and their immediate families.

$10 for adults

$8 for seniors 65+

$8 for student – college

$8 for youth (7 – 17) and students with school ID

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 804.340.1405.

Contact Visitor Services at info@vmfa.museum