About Tanuki Prints

Tanuki woodblock prints are printed in the same tradition of Japanese ukiyo-e: A labor-intensive high-touch process that involves using woodblocks for individual colors. Learning the skill takes decades of knowing how to integrate design, wood, hand-made Japanese paper (kozo washi), and hand-ground pigments to produce museum-quality prints.

“We take great pride in what we do.”

But, what the hell’s a Tanuki?

ain’t he cute?

Tanukis are often called a Japanese “raccoons” or “badgers” even though they are more 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 testicles had magical powers. You often see statues of tanuki-san holding a sake gourd in front of bars beckoning passersby to join him in a drink.

The Team

John Amoss, proprietor, is a Professor of Printmaking at the University of North Georgia. His prints have been exhibited in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Teaching woodblock

Woodblock printmaking is a passion for John- he has served as a guest print maker in Tokyo, has won several awards for his work and is in several museum 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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