Put on Some Hip Hop: Presenting Horitaka’s SSJ Year of the Rabbit Shirt

Internationally recognized and sought-after tattoo artist, Horitaka, has once again donated his time and artistry to Yu-Ai Kai’s Sake San Jose.  For 2011, Horitaka, of Japantown’s State of Grace tattoo studio, has created a clever design in celebration of the Year of the Rabbit.  Do you know someone who was born in the Year of the Rabbit?  Are you looking for a unique birthday gift for a friend or colleague?  Treat yourself and don this year’s shirt at Yu-Ai Kai’s most anticipated fundraiser of the year on Thursday, May 26!


Pre-sale orders for this exclusive Sake San Jose 2011 tshirt are now being accepted.  Please visit www.sakesanjose.com to order yours today!

Follow the White Rabbit

Since relocating to Japantown San Jose in 2009, the State of Grace tattoo studio and its internationally renowned artists have quickly become an integral part of our tight-knit community.

Last year, State of Grace founder, Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura, graciously accepted a request to help create an exclusive design for our Sake San Jose tshirts.This year, in keeping with the zodiac theme that he introduced in 2010, Horitaka has created an eye-catching, spunky design for the Year of the Rabbit. We are very excited to promote this design on our 2011 tshirt, which will be available to purchase soon.

Also for this year’s event, Horitaka has enlisted one of his artists, Kenji “Horiken” Hori, to contribute an original watercolor painting to Sake San Jose. Horiken is an artist skilled in hand tattooing with over 15 years experience, who immigrated to the United States to practice traditional hand tattooing here. A stunning watercolor painting was hand-delivered to Yu-Ai Kai and will be featured in this year’s event poster.

State of Grace was founded in 2002 by Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura as a shop specializing in traditional Japanese tattooing in the United States. In an effort to further share tattoo culture, State of Grace is involved in book publishing, as well as lecture presentations.

State of Grace │ 221 Jackson Street, SJ 95112 │ 408.441.0770   www.stateofgracetattoo.com

Limited Edition Horitaka T-Shirts Available Now!

By Kelli Martines

Our limited edition Horitaka-designed t-shirts have arrived and are now available for pre-sale! World-renowned tattoo artist, Horitaka, generously created a design exclusively for Sake San Jose 2010. What an opportunity to own a piece of art and get a new shirt, all while supporting Yu-Ai Kai Senior Services!

In celebration of the Year of the Tiger, Horitaka’s powerful yet gracious representations are set in brushed gold on solid black. Shirts are available in modern cuts for men and women, as well as the classic Beefy T. Whether a unique gift for someone special or a treat for you, these limited-editions design are bold and fun.


Toradoshi Shirts for Sake San Jose 2010

Designed by Horitaka

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