Based on traditional Japanese Irezumi (入れ墨) tattoos, this design features a powerful dragon emerging from the tempestuous waters below, surrounded by wildlife and lush vegetation.
The word Aranami (荒波) translates as "Raging Waves", and this piece was commissioned specially for the multi-award winning Hidden Curiosities Aranami Navy Strength Gin, featuring many of the Japanese botanicals used in the distillation.
Irezumi & the Yakuza
Long considered taboo owing to their association with the Yakuza, traditional hand-poked irezumi can take years to complete, and are only practised in their original form by secretive Horishi (彫師) masters to this day, with word-of-mouth often the only way to encounter them.
Designed in London by artist Christopher Bardo. Printed and handcrafted in England.