Tokyo Damage Report

reup ; 2005 winter design festa

 

11/26~27, 2005 @ Tokyo Big Sight

ok, finally. . . . design festa fashion roundup.

thanks to the kind folks who posed for me.

or, you can click the picture. ooh, internet! click stuff! woooo.

also i love how she is accessorized with that industrial pylon.

 

DESIGN FESTA WINTER 2005 ? NOV 26 and 27

 

Not only was this way huger than last year, but also there were a lot of new artists that were pretty good! now, as it turns out, most of the best people are so un-mainstream that they do not have a website I can share with you. If only I had taken pictures of art, instead of all the cool fashions. Damn my shallow, superficial eyes. But this year to do something different, I decided NOT to photograph the performers and booth-doing people in their “I only wear this once a year” costumes. Instead I shot people whose everyday fashions were kind of interesting . one thing is, there were just a rediculous amount of japanese guys dressed as mods this time. All these guys taking their little scooters down to the bay to look at postcards of drooling bears and rhinos with pants. Huh. A lot of the women had this very wooly, english-nanny, marry-poppins-meets-mod-girl-with-crazy-handmade-wool-hat-or-maybe-monster-eating-her-brain-can't-tell – Look that I had never seen before. . . . So there is that.


LINKS TO MY FAVORITE ARTISTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

this time you have to go to their site to see their work. not becuase i realized that stealing pictures is wrong, but because i am lazy. but this is like the top 12 out of 1,000, so trust me ok?

Kuniemon mixes traditional japanese art with hip hop afro picks and something they call “crunk.”

 

kurono atsushi does pretty much dead-on imitations of coop and kozik, but with a sort of kawaii anime feel to it.

 

Illustronics is a lady who makes incredibly elaborate Adobe Illustrator hairdos for her frequently naked pictures. The hair also looks like old-school Japanese yuki-o tsunami waves!

 

gumliens are from a distant planet where everyone just chews gum, all the time.

Click the enter button, then sort of move your mouse around until you hit a pop-up that says “aliens” and you will be rewarded with English descriptions of the various guys and ladies.

 

noriya Takeyama’s Mystery Animals ?

flash animation of cute and scary and ambiguous critters!

 

Mr. Twin are two real- life identical twin sisters (mrs. Red and mrs. Blue) and their apprentice, Ms. Green. They are prodigiously talented in model photography, illustration, collage, costume design, and generally they are one of the most talented people who I have not reported on already.

 

However, their web-design skills are um. Not so user-friendly. Like even though they were using ENGLISH it still took me 5 minutes to find the photos. First, click on the little brown word “GALLERY” on the left side. Then, on the next page, click on either “photo” or “pict” which is in the upper-right hand corner. Because the other links do not, ahem, work. But seriously, do it, because they are fucking amazingly awesome.

 

3CM is a company dedicated to making these really cute 3 centimeter hand-carved figures. This site is a breeze to navigate.

emi akimoto is one of those mysterious only-in-japan girls that likes to draw wounded schoolgirls in erotic poses. I explained to her that in the west, women really hate that kind of thing. I could not really understand her reply, but I think maybe she said that she doesn’t see the same thing as a hentai guy does when he looks at schoolgirl s/m porn. Not sure what she DOES see, though. My theory is that maybe some girls feel trapped by cuteness and the pressure to be it and use it as the criteria for everything, and this is their way of wrestling with it or fighting it or expressing how they have been hurt by it? Or something? anyway her friend had stuff that was WAY more out-there, but her firend does not have a site. Or maybe they just did not want me to see it because I am a pervert. Who knows??

TAKORANTIS does the most detailed, cross-hatch-frenzy art since edward-gorey. But instead of victorian perverts, he draws these huge organic-looking cities on huge posters. They look awesome from far away AND up close. he (they?) does (do?) the best stuff, and their site gives you a great deal of it for frees.

 

Finally, LIPSTIC are these two girls who were not even BORN when new wave was around ? the go-gos and april greiman were having their retro-50’s assymetrical party and only dudes in skinny ties were invited. But somehow they manage to wait, nevermind, their website is not up yet. SHIT.

Of course, this is just the kind of stuff that I like. Go to the official website, here, and there are links to literally hundreds of photos in many different (meaning, hippy) styles!


 

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—- homey is a mathematician who makes illustrations based on equations. Also a man who likes his legwarmers.

 

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—- not even born when New Wave was a going concern, she nevertheless gets it down like ba-bomp. http://100web.org/lipstic

 

—- Marry poppins on the right was hella shy about it, but her friend was like, "Dood, you totally should! About time someone recognized your awesomeness!" they spent like 10 seconds thinking about poses before settling on this one.

 

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—- for some reason all the totally out-of-control scary fashion people like this were at the Black Metal Communist Schoolgirl booth

 

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—- recognize this style from FRUITS? Apprently it is called SHINORA, from "shinohara" the pop star who started it, and "ra" from . . .rabu (love)? I tried to steer clear of styles everyone knows about (lolitas and goths etc.) but damn. Shinoras.

 

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—- first, check the beard.

 

—- these toys are handmade!

 

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—- I was so shocked this woman spoke japanese. The "understated, wealthy chinese princess" look is not popular here. I asked my friend why and she said that this kind of quiet sophistication is considered womanly, but japanese women all want to be cute 10 year olds forever. That's her, not me saying it. I'm a fucking white man, I love everybody. You know me.

 

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—- the lady on the left is normal. Sorry about that. Right-hand-girl was shy. But why should she be? She is taking this kind of hip-hop tight-bright down jacket and boots thing and mixing it up with like gureilla warfare and plus some visual kei hair on top.

 

—- these artists had this booth where the audience had to draw their vision of the future and make a little paper origami airplane out of it which then got put into a mobile which twirled around in the little sky there. (of coruse I drew a cat crossbred with an octopus and turned into a ufo) Afterwards we, the customers, were issued a "flight pass" with a coded number we could use to see the final art piece on the internet.

 

—- THE HUMPTY DANCE!!

 

—- should also point out that the giant penis was mechanical and kept bobbing up and down hour after hour.

 

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