Shi Jin and Ryu

Screen shot 2013-10-14 at 1.35.59 PMThis back piece shows Shi Jin from the Chinese Story of the “Water Margin” also known in Japan as the “Suikoden”.  His name means “9 tattooed dragons” referring to his torso tattoos.  He is one of the 108 heroes mentioned in the story.  It became a popular tale in Japan where many woodblock print artists illustrated scenes from the story.

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