It’s Halloween, the perfect time to share this wonderfully twisted Totoro remix by Sachsen. Read some horror manga, dress up as a Japanese ghost, learn about the Kyoto yokai train (even if it actually runs during summer), and watch something spooky, like Secret Investigation Record (link to automatic video). Then come back here, because I’ve got some fun posts lined up for the week!
Art Picks is an occasional feature showcasing noteworthy Asian & Asian-American artists and art.
For my first Art Pick, I chose Korean sculptor Ji Yong-ho’s “Mutant Mythos” series. It’s an arresting collection of real and imaginary beasts, all kinetically realized in recycled black tire rubber. Yong-ho has multiple reasons for using tire rubber: he was attracted to its flexibility & organic qualities, to the potential monstrousness of its dark, leathery appearance, and to the environmental message the use of recycled materials sends. Also, the evolution of the tires themselves (from tree sap to tire to sculpture) echoes Yong-ho’s mutation theme.
The collection was first exhibited at Gana Art in New York in 2008, and has since been exhibited around the world. Read more/see more at Ji Yong-ho’s Gana Art site, and at Designboom, Theme Magazine, & Yangshung’s Blog.
Clockwise from top left: rabbit bookmark tabs // animal tail magnets // striped fleece backpack // miles upcycled suit tote // tomorrow planners // icon watch // clé usb // desk-it weekly calendar // music balloon speaker.
While I recover from all the drama surrounding Spy Myung Wol, here are some bright and witty picks from Poketo.
Design bloggers recently went gaga over these crayola-colored Japanese masking tapes. They have a weird allure, although I can’t think of a practical use for them (using them like regular masking tape seems like sacrilege).
The above photos come from seller Happy Tape (also on Etsy); you can also buy rolls at WendyStory, washimatta, lovepetitzakkajapan, and Gingko Papers (selections vary at each store). Prices vary, but are usually $5 for a single roll, and $35 for a set of 10.
*Bonus*: Not Asian design (Latvian, rather), but don’t they remind you of manga monsters?
From Marite Mastina & Rolands Peterkops’ Hyeres show, images via A Shaded View of Fashion.
Finally, Portland-based artist Andy Kehoe draws mythical beasts that feel both unique and familiar (I got shades of Peter Sis & Maurice Sendak). He sells affordable prints on Etsy, and played 20 questions with Juxtapoz (via Shiny Squirrel).