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“Mullet” Gyotaku from DARKOI

“Mullet” Gyotaku from DARKOI


Gyotaku is an ancestral Japanese art which consists of taking the imprint of a fish using Indian ink, squid ink or colored paint.

The fish is carefully prepared on a table and coated with ink. A very fine Japanese paper is then applied.

By carefully removing the paper we obtain the imprint. This technique was invented in the 19th century by Japanese fishermen to keep a souvenir of their best catches.

Darkoi's gyotaku are not retouched as the real method requires, hence the great difficulty in obtaining a beautiful result without artifice. Only the eye is repainted in order to “bring life” to the fish, as tradition dictates.

Darkoï has the honor of being the student of 2 masters.

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