After travelling around the world attending several tattoo conventions and working as a guest artist Yushi settled in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 2009 and became a resident artist at ‘Schiffmacher & Veldhoen Tattooing’. this is wherre he develooed his skills as a fine tattoo artist and reached the height of his fame.
After the opening of the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum in 2011 Yushi became one of its resident artists, whilst still travelling from his new homestead to guest work at other studios around the world.
As of 2012 Yushi Takei is known by his traditional Japanese tattoo artist’s name ‘Shodai Horikichi’. ‘Hori’ meaning tattooing / carving, ‘Kichi’ meaning ‘good fortune’ also being the first two characters of his mother’s maiden name and this preceded by the prefix ‘Shodai’ meaning ‘the first’. He published his first book ‘Garyou Tensei: 108 Japanese tattoo sleeve designs’ with KIT Publishers in 2012. Garyou Tensei refers to the final dot of ink that the Japanese believe brings life to a drawing; for a dragon, the finishing touch is its eye. This book contains a series of 108 hand-painted, traditional Japanese kaina, Japanese short-sleeve tattoo designs applied to the upper left and right arms.
Horikichi’s style is greatly influences by the japanese culture. His designs include Dragons, Tigers, fish and mythical creatures conpleted in vibrant colors such as red, blue and a lot of gold.
After the unfortunate closure of the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum Shodai Horikichi set out to travel once again and currently resides at ‘The Inkstitution’ in the port city of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Shodai Horikichi also served as an advisor to the Sieboldhuis Museum in the Netherlands for its ‘Japan Tattoo Exhibition’ in 2009 and 2010. Among guest spots are well known studios such as Tokyo Hardcore, Frith Street Tattoo and Good Time Charlie’s Tattooland and conventions include the prestigious Mondial du Tatouage, London Tattoo Convention and King of Tattoo in Tokyo.
Japanese body suit tattoos are now appreciated throughout the world as a pinnacle of the art of tattooing due to artists like horikichi. Recently he released another book which is about Horihide, the tattoo artist. Yushi Takei’s love for Japanese culture can be clearly seen in his work and ethics. He is always on the search for more and more besides having fun.