Series: KISS
Medium: Woodblock Print
Date: 2015
Size (H x W): 19 x 13.5 (inches)
Publisher: Ukiyo-e Project
Seals: Woodcarver: Sekioka Senrei III, Printer: Okada Takuya
Edition: 53/100
Signature: Illustrator: Ishikawa Masumi
Condition: Very fine condition, embellished with mica. Sold in portfolio.

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From Ukiyo-e Project: "The members of the band KISS are transformed into yokai and a samurai warrior. Gene Simmons is a flying devil with the an enlarged head; Eric Singer is a nekomata, a popular mythical cat-monster just like his character in the band; and Tommy Thayer is a nuribotoke, a monsters with the Buddha's face. Paul Stanley is depicted as a samurai warrior who fights these creatures wearing a helmet decorated with a star inspired by his persona name "Star Child." The pentagram is his signature, but the hexagrams on his armor above his knees are meant to symbolize protection from evil." (Credits: 2015 KISS catalog, Ltd. Under License to Epic Rights, Ukiyo-e Project)

About the artist

With offices in LA and in Tokyo, UKIYO-E PROJECT is a contemporary ukiyo-e publisher founded by Yuka Mitsui in 2014 to keep ukiyo-e craftsmanship thriving by creating a new market for their traditional skills. As the words “ukiyo” and “e” mean “present” and “image” respectively, ukiyo-e naturally depicted popular trends and cultures of their times. Staying true to this philosophy, UKIYO-E PROJECT immortalizes iconic stars and landscapes of today through traditional ukiyo-e woodblock prints, which continue to receive extensive press and have been acquired by international institutions such as the British Museum, the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna (MAK), and the Miami University Libraries.