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Daichimaru
"Daichimaru II"
Shizuoka 2007
Published in "Decotora"


Tatsuki 54
"Mayumimaru; Driver Mr. Kojima, Behind a Wheel"
Tokyo 2006
Published in "Decotora"


Kuroshiomaru by Masaru Tatsuki
"Kuroshiomaru"
Chiba 2007
Published in "Decotora"


Tatsuki 16
"Misakimaru; At a Truck Stop"
Saitama 2005
Published in "Decotora"
Japanese Contemporary Photography

Masaru Tatsuki
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Photographer Masaru Tatsuki spent ten years documenting Japan's decotora-truck subculture. Decotora rigs - embellished with neon lights, chrome extensions, and backlit graphics - resemble giant slot machines or 1950s-era jukeboxes. In addition to his stunning images this over-the-top aesthetic of light and color, Tatsuki has created psychologically-rich portraits of the drivers and their families. Decotora culture represents a masculinity that is dying out in Japan, according to Tatsuki. The artist describes the trucks as highly-embellished tools, which carry products to market by day. At night their interiors - which usually include at least one chandelier - become diminutive, mobile palaces. Tatsuki's "Decotora: Japanese Art Truck Scene" was recently released by Little More.

View photographic prints available in small format here.
View photographic prints available in large format here.

Watch Masaru Tatsuki's video of the famous Decotora Truck
"Silver Satan" at TAI Gallery's YouTube Channel.
Order Masaru Tatsuki 's book, "Decotora" from TAI Gallery


Selected Resume

1974 Born in Toyama.

1995-96 Worked for Studio Fobos.

1997 Assistant to Kyoji Takahashi.

1998 Became an independent photographer.
Began a nine year project, "Decotora", photographing Japanese customized trucks and their drivers.

2007 "Decotora" published.

2008 Solo exhibition "Decotora" at Little More Gallery,Tokyo.





Ordering Tatsuki Prints

Tai Gallery offers prints of Masaru Tatsuki's photography in two formats: 60 x 60 cm, and 120 x 120 cm (23 3/4" x 23 3/4" and 47" x 47")

View photographic prints available in small format here.
View photographic prints available in large format here.


Small prints

image size 23 3/4 X 23 3/4 inches, 60 x 60 cm
Edition of 10


Large prints

image size 47 x 47 inches, 120 x 120 cm
Edition of 5

Call or contact the gallery via email to place your order:
TAI Gallery
505 984-1387
gallery@taigallery.com


Japanese Contemporary Photography

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