You’ve got to give it to Pharrell Williams. Not content with releasing the biggest hit of 2013 and most viral music video of 2014 (444 million views and counting), and supplying the vocals and melody to the next best song of 2014, he’s now teamed up with legendary artist, Takashi Murakami, for his latest music video, It Girl.
I hate Post-its as they were often scrawled with ‘I want this by 10 am tomorrow’ when they arrived at my work desk, stubbornly stuck on top of a stack of files. If only they came in the form of Akira Nagoya’s beautifully cut artwork. The China-Born Japanese artist is a kakmikiri (loosely translated as paper cutting) master, and many of his designs are inspired by centuries-old imagery, such as the phoenix, or nature’s flowers.
While fashion designers all over the world are wringing their hands in despair over what new designs they can possibly come up with for the next season’s pair of must-have jeans, one German cosplayer already has it down pat. Make it anime, of course! Known only as Kirameku for now, she has cunningly made good use of some water-based textile paints to draw strategically positioned 2D lines and creases on a pair of plain denim jeans.
By Dilsey in New Art on Sunday 5 January 2014
We’ve seen anime in all shapes and forms – from cosplayers to the extreme individuals who undergo plastic surgery to resemble their favourite heroes. But Hittomii, a Japanese-artist, draws anime on toast. Cocoa powder, green tea powder and turmeric powder are just some of the ingredients used to create these awesome masterpieces.
Who doesn’t love a little S&M now and then? Well, if you’re feeling alone in your fetish, these characters in full S&M garb will make you feel right at home. These sculptures by Richard Ankron were at the Art Basel Miami and in a simple project statement, Ankron explains that the ‘objects are selected by their character, cleaned, masked, dipped or poured several times with synthetic rubber.’
Oh, Japan. You never fail to be so interesting. Did you know? Japanese weathermen use anime characters in helping deliver the news, and generally make the weather more interesting. NHK, Japan’s biggest network, has characters like Haru-chan, Spring-chan, Rainy Season-chan, Summer Shougun, Fall-chan, and Winter Shougan. What a brilliant idea, right? I would infinitely like […]
Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film maker, animator, manga artist, screenwriter, and producer. His films, such as Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Nausicaa, and My Neighbor Totoro, have garnered worldwide acclaim and praise. So basically he’s like the Japanese Walt Disney (He even has a matching moustache! Sort of).
We don’t even recall how we got here, but these manga-inspired images of celebrities are pretty cool. Who knew, for instance, that Scarlett Johansson could look right at home as a pink-haired manga babe with emerald green doll-like eyes?
If you love cool toys, anime, manga and video-games, then look no further than Mandarake. It has it all and is pretty much the first point of call to find certain things that are no longer available, or if you just generally want something fresh. The love I have for this shop is just too […]
We don’t know how we ended up at this gem online with these unlikely mashups of Japanese and US pop culture. We don’t know what kind of demented mind thinks of something as random as Kawaii Batman, Doreamon Alien or, yes, even a Pika Fuhrer — but we dig it.
Here’s a sneak peak from Ghost in the Shell: Arise. I don’t understand Japanese, but the intriguing scenes of a beautiful girl lifting her hands to reveal her cyber robot prosthetics captured my attention right away. Originally created in 1989 as written Manga, this cyberpunk series is getting a face-lift for modern audiences. As a […]
If you’re into anime or well-endowed women, this is the mousepad for you. I’m sure it’s very helpful for computer users with carpal tunnel syndrome, but it might be a little awkward around the workplace.
I always have great respect for people who seem incapable of turning off their creativity, people like Kazuki Yamamoto who has seemingly mastered the art of illustrating various characters (mostly anime) in the foam of a latte. Aside from anime, Yamamoto has also illustrated the likes of Popeye, TinTin, Link (Legend of Zelda), Charlie Brown and The Beatles – each with an impressive level of detail and made even more inspiring when you consider the patience it takes to complete each one.
Admit it, part of the fun from watching foreign language shows comes from seeing how the subtitles get amusingly mangled beyond recognition. At least it’s that way for us. Japanese anime is typically subbed by well-meaning fans whose command of English can get quite out of hand. This fine blog captures these unintentionally funny moments in Japanese anime when the subs get wonky.
German-based illustrator Magomed Dovjenko’s latest effort is an online collection of illustrations that fuses popular anime characters with well-known fashion brands. Dovjenko’s passion for Japanese culture and high fashion radiates through the series.