Takahiro Horitaka Kitamura has been tattooing since 1998. He was the curator of Perseverance- Japanese Tattoo Tradition Today, a six month museum exhibition held at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. He has also lectured at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, UC Santa Barbara and conferences held in Italy and Hawaii. He is the co-founder and co-director of the annual Bay Area Convention of the Tattoo Arts and the owner of State of Grace tattoo shop in San Jose, California. His graphic designs have been used by Nike SB, Bacardi, Orenchi Beyond, and many other companies.