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Mainichi Hanafuda: junk peonies

With my peony art, I made another break from contemporary drab hanafuda designs. I wasn't satisfied with what I could find in source material, and real-life peonies are complicated flowers, so I wondered: what other art form specializes in simplifying images? But of course, tattoos!

The bold outlines and bright, solid colors of old-school tattoo designs are a natural match for hanafuda. A quick perusal of Google and BME was all it took to find dozens of inspirations for the peony suit. Too bad roses aren't a flower in hanafuda--I could just look down at my own chest for that reference.

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