Tattoo Artist Horitaka was born in Japan and raised in the United States. His parents taught him Japanese, which helped later in his study of Japanese tattoo culture and traditions. Enamored with tattoos, he started collecting in high school and eventually began tattooing in 1998 before landing his coveted apprenticeship. Now an iconic tattoo artist of his own right, Horitaka is a pioneer in the tattoo industry with eight published books and his own shop, State of Grace, in San Jose, CA. Horitaka embraces the mentality that tattooing is more than a mark on the body and he likes to think of the art as a philosophy. Bacardi Dragonberry brought Horitaka to the Netherlands on the 8th and 9th of september 2012. They opened a 48 hrs pop-store in their Bacardi-huis in Amsterdam where visitors could see Horitaka in action. For this event Horitaka designed a special Dragon Tattoo, based on the Bacardi Dragonberry Dragon.