Sakana Gyotaku Fish Prints
Gyotaku (Japanese 魚拓, from gyo "fish" + taku "rubbing") is the traditional method of Japanese fish printing, dating from the mid-1800s. This form of nature printing may have been used by fishermen to record their catches, but has also become an artform on its own.
Gary Soma Jr. fisherman, free diver, and good friend has been living off the ocean his whole life. Catching many fish and currently holding the record for spearfishing a Weke'Ula of 2.01lbs (see photo below).
In his passion of fishing and diving, he decided to start Gyotaku printing of his catch. His printing became popular on social networks and now does printing small fee. His printing really brings out the fishes color as if they are still alive! Click on photo to enlarge.
Gary took me on a few dives and he was able to help me land my first Awa. It weighed in at 35 lbs, almost record breaking. He also caught an Awa same day so I wanted him to print them together for me.
He showed me a bunch of finished prints and some he'd been working on like my Uhu that I caught from the 2014 Gene Higa Memorial Spearfishing Tournament.
& the finished product was much more than what I expected. Truly beautiful in detail and color and brings back memories of when I caught both. A print of a fish that will hold it's memory and story for the rest of my life.
If you would like to get one of your catches printed Gyotaku style or browse through his Instagram gallery (@sakana_gyotaku) for prints that may be available for purchase, you may contact Gary Soma Jr. at
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