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Keibunsha is the first organization devoted to preserving and encouraging the traditional Japanese art of hand-tattooing known as tebori . Established in 1981 by Keibunsha, along with tattoo artist Horiyoshi II, Dr. Katsunari Fukushi and the author Akimitsu Takagi, the Tattoo Institute publishes books, photobooks, videos and CD-ROMs of Japan's most recognized tattoo artists both traditional and contemporary. The institute is currently compiling the Japanese Tattoo Encyclopedia.

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