Who's On First?

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The Japanese woodblock prints

of the Edo period have been an inspiration for tattooers since the beginning.  Actually, it's extremely difficult to discern where this beginning is.  Which came first, the Japanese tattoo or the woodblock prints?

Zhu Gui aka Kanchi Kotsuritsu Shuki by UTAGAWA KUNIYOSHI
Woodblock Print published by Kagaya Kichiemon from 1827-30
39.1 x 26.5 cm