About Us

About Tanuki Prints

“We take great pride in what we do.”


Tanuki Prints use the same centuries’ old traditional printmaking techniques of the famous Japanese ukiyo-e period such as Hiroshige’s “Sudden Shower Over Ohashi Bridge”, 1857 (right).

Japanese-style woodblock or mokuhanga printmaking is a labor-intensive high-touch process that involves using multiple woodblocks and hand-print water-based inks. Learning these refined skills take decades of practice in order to get it right. Tanuki Prints strive to combine the most engaging imagery with best materials available in order to create museum-quality art that will last for generations.


Please scroll down for a ‘nutshell’ version of the woodblock printing process.

So, what the heck is a ‘Tanuki’?

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left: A real Tanuki- ain’t he cute?

right: Our beloved Tanuki statue

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Woodblock print designed by Utagawa Kuniyoshi in 1842 depicting how Tanuki unorthodoxically catches a goose dinner

Tanukis are often called  Japanese “raccoons” or “badgers” even though they are most closely related to dogs and foxes.
The mythological tanuki has many special powers and is considered a potent good luck symbol. In folklore, tanukis were shape-shifters whose disproportionately large scrotum had magical powers. You often see statues of tanuki-san positioned in front of bars. He holds an alluring sake gourd while beckoning passersby to come join him for a friendly drink.
Still curious about Tanuki-san? Everything you ever (or never) wanted to know about tanuki is here.


The Tanuki Team

John Amoss, proprietor, is a Professor of Printmaking at the University of North Georgia, USA. He has been making woodblocks for over 25 years and has worked as a guest print maker in Tokyo. John’s prints have been exhibited in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa; have won several awards; and are included in permanent collections around the world.

John is married and has two sons. He is also a member of the band, The Hobohemiansenjoys long-distance backpacking, and is an Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, 1980.

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Teaching woodblock

 


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Tanuki Prints lair and workshop