From Ukiyo-e Project: "This design pays homage to the artwork of Iron Maiden's second Album, Killers. The word tsujigiri in the Japanese title of this ukiyo-e (Tsujigiri Eddie) literally translates as "crossroads killing," and is a reference to the traditional practice of samurais before the 1600s, who would attack unexpected defenseless passersby in the streets at night and slash their throats to test the effectiveness of a new sword. This ancient practice echoes the crimes of Jack-the-Ripper, who slashed his victims' throats and also came from Great Britain, Iron Maiden's native country." (Credits: 2016 Iron Maiden LLP. Under License to Global Merchandising Services Ltd., Ukiyo-e Project)
Iron Maiden x Ukiyo-e Project Concept
Iron Maiden are known not only for their story-telling music, but also for maintaining their solid, creative image that runs throughout all aspects of their work. Now brought to life through ukiyo-e, the two collaboration pieces in this series show Iron Maiden's mascot Eddie as having gone back in time to spread evil in Edo-period Japan. The legendary Iron Maiden torture device is featured in both artworks - the characters written within phonetically spell out " Iron Maiden" and have the meaning "Works of Darkness."