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Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World

Exhibition Catalog

Japanese American National Museum 2014

Explore the artistry of traditional Japanese tattoos along with its rich history and influence on modern tattoo practices in this groundbreaking 200-page color catalog featuring photographs by Kip Fulbeck

The catalogue includes a history of Japanese tattooing by Kenji Hori, as well as essays by Chaz Bojorquez, Chris Horishiki Brand, Kip Fulbeck, Jill Horiyuki Halpin, G.W. Kimura, Takahiro Kitamura, and Junko Junii Shimada.

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Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids

Chronicle Books 2010

At a time when 7 million people in the U.S. alone identify as belonging to more than one race, this timely collection of portraits celebrates the faces and voices of mixed-race children. Overflowing with uplifting elements—including charming images, handwritten statements from the children, first-person text from their parents, a foreword by multicultural educator Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng (President Obama’s sister), and an afterword by international superstar Cher (who is part Cherokee)—this volume is an inspiring vision of the future

Also available as a photographic exhibition. Please contact the Creative Artists Association for details

MIXED is more than just a heart-warming collection of portraits. It makes Kip a futurist, not about technological or business trends, but about a future identity” — Alden Habacon, Schema Magazine

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Permanence: Tattoo Portraits

Chronicle Books 2008

Once a fringe phenomenon, tattooing is now a full-blown cultural fact. More than 40 million people in the U.S. alone have tattoos, all with unique stories about why they chose to indelibly mark their bodies. Permanence is the first book to combine photographic portraits with these individual stories, told in the subject’s own words and handwriting. Foreword by world-renowned tattooer Horitaka. Featuring Margaret Cho, Chuck Liddell, Tera Patrick, Scott Ian, Kat Von D, Slash, Paul Stanley, Scott Weiland, Evan Seinfeld and more

“The photos are striking, but people’s statements—windows into their longings and aspirations—make the book compelling. You can’t read them without being moved, having your understanding widened and experiencing the mystery of the lives of others” — Barbara Davenport, San Diego Reader

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Part Asian, 100% Hapa

Chronicle Books 2006

A book of intimacy, affirmation, beauty, and powerful self-expression, the best-selling Part Asian, 100% Hapa is the first book of its kind. Filled with over 100 Hapa portraits and their individual handwritten response to the question, “What are you?” it is the book Fulbeck always wished he had growing up. An introduction to the rest of the world and an affirmation for Hapas themselves, it presents the individuals and their growing community to the world, a reality that will no longer be ignored. It features a foreword by internationally renowned musician Sean Lennon and an afterword by race & ethnicity expert Paul Spickard

Also a traveling exhibition organized by the Japanese American National Museum

“… a photo album of the twenty-first-century global village … Fulbeck’s simply composed portraits are profoundly evocative” — Donna Seaman, Booklist

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Paper Bullets: A Fictional Autobiography

University of Washington Press 2001

In Paper Bullets, his first novel, Kip Fulbeck taps into his Cantonese, English, Irish, and Welsh background, weaving a fictional autobiography from 27 closely linked stories. This sometimes hilarious, sometimes tragic novel explores the Hapa identity of a young man, who like the author is shaped by the conflicting desires, stigmas, and codes of male behavior in American culture. By turns sensitive and forceful, passionate and callous, Paper Bullets confronts the politics of race, sex, and Asian American masculinity head-on and without apology, all the while chronicling a contemporary man’s search for love and meaning

“If you’re looking for a hilarious, cocky, honest, and no-holds-barred account of lust, love and life from a unique Hapa male perspective, this is a keeper” — Alex Luu, YOLK Magazine

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