This image of Paul Stanley putting on make-up is based on Kuniyoshi Utagawa’s ‘Token Gonbei, Kuniyoshi Moyo Shofuda Tsuketari Genkin Otoko (Men of Ready Money with True Labels Attached, Kuniyoshi Style)’. A lot of Masumi’s Ukiyo-e is influenced by Kuniyoshi and Masumi wanted to make this piece as a tribute to him. The pattern of the Kimono is called 'Jigoku-ezu (means Inferno)', Gene Simmons is the 'Great King Yama', and the other two are the ogres. The logos on Obi (kimono belt) are the member's make-up transformed into family crest, the pattern ‘力’ of the towel on his left shoulder comes from Eric Singer's outfit. The poem written above Paul is the Japanese translation of: I wanna rock and roll all night and party every day You keep on shouting, you keep on shouting (1975 ‘Rock and Roll All Night’)
This portrait style is very popular in the Ukiyo-e world. The design of the Kimono comes from Aoko Roshi(47 Ronin), a touch of shine is infused with mica on the Kimono (grey area) in respect to KISS. The color inside Hauberk expresses each member of the band.
The lighter color make-up symbolizes Kabuki’s Kumadori make-up.
The members of the band are transformed into monsters and samurai. Gene Simmons is the flying devil with the big head. Eric Singer is the ‘Nekomata (mythical two-tailed monster)’, which stands for cat monster just like his character in the band. Tommy Thayer is the ‘Nuribotoke’ a monster with the Buddha face. Paul Stanley is the Samurai who fights these creatures and the front piece of the warrior’s helmet has a star shape from his persona name ‘Star Child’.
Pentagram is his signature but hexagram on his armor above his knees are meant to protect from the evil.
The artwork shows a battle scene of Japanese idol group MOMOIRO CLOVER Z (MCZ) in vibrant, bright and colorful armor versus KISS as the black flame, fireball monster. In early 2015, MCZ released “Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina” (“Samurai Son”), written by Paul Stanley, and performed by MCZ and KISS which became a #1 hit. This Ukiyo-e is inspired by the CD cover from the collaboration.
【Material】 Washi, Traditionally hand-made Japanese Paper “Echizen kizuki housho”
KISS Kabuki Ukiyo-e
KISS Monstrous Ukiyo-e
KISS Ukiyo Handsome featuring Paul Stanley
Wood Carver：Kazuo Watanabe・Yusuke Sekioka
Hand Printer：Hideo Yoshida・Takuya Okada
【Material】Washi, Traditionally hand-made Japanese Paper “Echizen kizuki housho”
MOMOIRO CLOVER Z vs KISS Ukiyo-e
Illustrator：MEGUMI（BALCOLONY.） Wood Carver：Yusuke Sekioka Hand Printer：Takuya Okada
There’s another craftsman behind the scenes. This “Echizen kizuki housho” is made by Shouhachi Yamaguchi in Fukui Prefecture. This Washi making in Fukui has a history of 1500 years. Washi was used for preserving documents in the age of the samurai. Made of all natural fibers from the mulberry tree, which allows the Washi to be very durable. Ukiyo-e would not have its form unless the Artisans had this Washi paper. And there’s only 2 Washi craftsmen left to make this Echizen kizuki housho.
Each print will have an edition number. The numbers are chosen randomly.
Maintenance and Preservation:
Over time, the color will fade, which is part of the Ukiyo-e experience. Keep out of direct sunlight, strong ultraviolet sources and low humidity. Once the art is received, remove the folio from the plastic sheathe to allow it to breath.
Ukiyo-e will be carefully examined, packaged and sent from Japan by courier service. Customers will receive a tracking number by email. Import duty will be taken care by Ukiyo-e Project.
Your order can be cancelled at any time during pre-order period. Please send an e-mail to email@example.com for cancellation.
Once the items are ready, the buyer will receive a notification email. Once notified, the buyer will have 24 hours to cancel before we process the payment. Once the credit card payment is processed, 5% will be charged for the cancelled order after the 24 hours.
We accept returns as long as the request is made within 48 hours after delivery. There is a 20% restocking fee for returned items.
The artisan’s woodblock print techniques are selected as ‘Important Ethnic Cultural Assets selected Conservation Technique’of the government certified cultural asset based on Agency for Cultural Affairs Protection Act.
*Please try to avoid direct sunlight to Ukiyo-e. It is natural for the color to fade or change after a while, Ukiyo-e fans enjoy the changes as well, but keep in dryer and stable place helps to preserve its first color.
Ukiyo-e is a Japanese traditional handicraft. This art has been around for over 400 hundred years, however, the number of successors is decreasing and along with it this traditional Japanese art is dying. The Ukiyo-e Project aims to revitalize the art of Ukiyo-e by bridging the gap between traditional Japanese art and modern pop culture.We have partnered with U.S.-based Epic Rights, the global brand management firm for KISS, to launch this collaborative Ukiyo-e with the internationally renowned artist to share how incredible and important the art form is to the world. The first feature is KISS, the band with vast influence around the world, known for their elaborate live performances with fire-breathing and blood-spitting, fascinating Kabuki inspired make-up, and studded black leather costumes. Enjoy this miraculous East meets West timeless collaboration!
Ukiyo-e, that’s Nippon, that’s tradition, that’s history, that’s Kabuki, that’s deep deep culture. We respect it. – Gene Simmons
This ‘KISS Ukiyo-e’ project started in fall of 2014 and has culminated in these wonderful pieces of fine art you see today.