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The Yakuza are a Japanese crime syndicate known for their intricate, symbolic tattoos and strict hierarchical structure. Warren King's fascination with the use of body art and adornments as a form of self expression prompted the creation of this piece, with the artist choosing to represent the character’s signature ink in a more abstract way, creating texture and movement by using large scraper tools to manipulate the paint across the canvas.


Inspiration for 'Yakuza' was also derived from the work of legendary Japanese artist Hokusai, whose famed print 'The Great Wave' is one of the worlds most iconic images. The energy and movement of his art inspired Warren King's process when creating this piece.


  • TITLE: Yakuza

    SIZE: 130cm x 150cm

    MEDIUM: Gicleé print on German etching paper

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