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After graduating from design college, Horiren started out working for a computer game company. While she later moved onto becoming a muralist the irezumi (traditional tattoo) captivated her, and at 30 years of age, after years of self-study, she began her career as a irezumi-shi (tattoo artist). As the first in line of irezumi-shi to take the name Horiren, she is constantly pursuing greater heights in the industry.

初代彫蓮の画像

1998

Commenced her career as irezumi-shi

2004

Apr

Organized a photographic exhibition at Le Deco Gallery, Shibuya disctrict, Tokyo

May

Participated in the Amsterdam Tattoo Convention

2005

Jun

Awarded the following awards at the Amsterdam Tattoo Convention BEST OF JAPANESE TATTOO/BEST OF SHOW/BEST TRADITIONAL TATTOO

2006

May

Established Lotus Co., Ltd

Jun

Participated in the Amsterdam Tattoo Convention. Received the same 3 awards as in 2005 BEST OF JAPANESE TATTOO/BEST OF SHOW/BEST TRADITIONAL TATTOO

2007

Oct

Received 3rd place for Best Color Tattoo at the London Tattoo Convention

2008

Jan

Participated in the production of a music video, “Deai no Kakera” by Ketsumeishi

Oct

Participated in the production of a music video, “Deai no Kakera” by Ketsumeishi

Nov

Organized “Dai-ren-sai”ー10th Anniversary as Irezumi-shi celebration event at Urawa Royal Pines Hotel. 350 people attended.

Dec

Live tattooing and a lecture on Irezumi at Kawanabe Kyosai Memorial Museum

2009

Aug

Tattoo Jam, Doncaster, UK

2010

Jan

Bangkok International Tattoo Convention Collaborated with Kaname Ozuma on a live body painting

Aug

Won ‘Best of Show’ award at the Tattoo Hollywood Convention, LA, USA

2011

May

Took part in volunteer efforts in Fukushima after Great East Japan Earthquake/Tsunami hit Japan.

Agt

Irezumi designs on Shofukutei-Tsurube II for the film, “Dreams for Sale”

Oct

Received first placed at the Osaka Tattoo Convention

Dec

Organized Great East Japan Earthquake Recovery event named “Kechigan” (festival for requests and expressions of thanks to the gods). in Aoyama prefecture. Conducted a live painting performance of a tiger to introduce the “Tora-mai” (traditional tiger dance)

2012

Feb

Production of the banner for the “Toramai (Tiger Dance)” of Otsuchi, Iwate’s London performance

May-Jun

Organized a photographic exhibition titled JAPAN? in collaboration with photographer, Hiroyuki Hara

Jun

Lecture on nuclear power and the Great East Japan Eearthquake and Tsunami at a photography-painting eshibition, “JAPAN?”

Aug

Guest appearance at Amsterdam Tattoo Museum

Sep

Participated in a tattoo convention, “Tattoo Syndrome” in Oksaka

Nov

Live tattooing at a music event, “OSAKA蛍(hotaru)FIREFLY”

2013

Apl

Participated in a tattoo convention “Straight Life” in Osaka

Nov

Word Gallery: Online gallery posted on Facebook account of 100 friends from around the world featuring the photographs of Horiren’s work, the friends and their artworks.

2014

Mar

Held Joint exhibition ‘Dance, Dance Tiger’ with photographer Mayumi Hirata in London. The exhibit featured photographs, video and installations by Mayumi Hirata together with Horiren 1st’s scroll paintings.

Jun

“Heaven, Earth and People” Exhibition in Luxembourg Collaboration with the photographer Mayumi Hirata, 3D artist Serge Tucker and Hotiren’s Scroll pairing of Buddhas and God’s.

Sep

Featured in an exhibition, “Tattoo Electric”

2015

May

Live body paint show at a gallery Shinjuku-Za, in Tokyo

Nov

Held exhibition at the Kawanabe Kyosai Memorial Museum. Showcased 30 artworks by Horiren which were inspired by the works of famous 19th century Japanese painter, Kyosai Kawanabe

2016

May

Organized a live tattoo show at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada

2017

Jun

Live body painting at “Yoko Ozuma Nanakaiki (6th anniversary of a death) Original Painting Exhibition”

2018

Apr

Her work was exhibited at Tua Aronui – Beyond the Line at the Embassy of New Zealand in Shibuya, Tokyo

May

Helped organize a cultural exchange event with the Maori people. The Haka performance by the Maori dancers was dedicated to Warabi Shrine, and was picked up by major Japanese media

Nov

Her original artworks were exhibited at “Kyosai Kawanabe ni Miserarete Pt.II”, held at Kawanabe Kyosai Memorial Museum

Dec

Published “Ichiren-Takusho”, a photographic anthology book (limited to 1,000 copies)

Ichiren-Takusho, Horiren 1st, 20th anniversary photo exhibition was held at Black Box in Osaka

Ichiren-Takusho, Horiren 1st, 20th anniversary photo exhibition was held at Le Deco in Tokyo

2019

Nov

Held gathering of “Renyukai” (clients of Horiren)

Oct

Appeared on NHK television show ‘Ohayo Nippon’ episode on Rugby World Cup and scrum battles with differing culture

Sep

Appeared on New Zealand news and current affairs show Te Karere.

Volunteered at the Ozuma Kaname* Memorial Art Exhibition
*renowned Japanese artist whose work influenced many of the great irezumi-shi. Ozuma was also a ‘sensei’ to Horiren

Live painting performance at the Independent Festival, Tokyo

Aug

​Toda Furasato Festival, Reiwa ‘Mikoshi’

Jun

Horiren’s tattoo work worn by LUSH model was featured in LUSH Shinjuku in-store video materials.

May

Created a mural (votive) painting at Warabi Shrine as an offering for the new Reiwa era (May 1, 2020)

​Traveled with Spanish photographer, Isabel Muñoz, to to Amami-Oshima (Kagoshima pref.)

Horiren’s work photographed by Michael Magers was featured in Huck online magazine.

Mar

Horien’s client, and martial arts fighter Sera modeled her tattoos for LUSH

Jan

Discharged from hospital after mastectomy (removal) surgery due to breast cancer.

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