Waterman's Journal

Apr 21, 2021

GYOTAKU: Art of the Process

Featuring Artist, Dwight Hwang 

Gyotaku is the traditional Japanese method of fish printing. This intricate immortalization process was originally used by fishermen in the 1800’s to record their catch by using ink, rice paper, and delicate hand pressing to create a fish image. Today, Gyotaku has become an art form of its own utilizing a wide variety of fish and ocean creatures as a method of printmaking.

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Our Gyotaku Collection pays homage to the sea through the customary Japanese form of printing fish and sea creatures. Using original art pieces from revered artist, Dwight Hwang, whose focus is in bringing back life to fish through the centuries-old technique of Gyotaku, this collection of men’s, women’s, & youth fishing apparel products reveals intricate prints of your favorite oceanic pelagics including marlin, tuna, mahi-mahi, wahoo, & flying fish.

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Watch the video above and listen as Dwight walks us through this intricate process, his masterful techniques used, and the vision he imagines and eternalizes through Gyotaku.