UKIYO-E PROJECT

Globally Renowned British Heavy Metal Legends IRON MAIDEN join forces with the Traditional Japanese Art of UKIYO-E!

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IRON MAIDEN×浮世絵

Iron Maiden x Ukiyo-e Concept

Iron Maiden are known not only for a story being told in their music, but for maintaining this strong and creative story line that runs through all aspects of their work, reflected in their visuals and artwork, and this story is now brought to life in Ukiyo-e as well. In this case, the Iron Maiden mascot Eddie is depicted having gone back in time to the Edo Period in Japan, and is spreading evil. The mirror reflection pictured is a common image found in historical Ukiyo-e dating back to the 1600s. The legendary traditional Iron Maiden torture device is also pictured in the lower righthand corner of the artwork. The characters written phonetically spell out “Iron Maiden” and have the meaning “works of darkness.”

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    IRON MAIDEN浮世絵 地獄太夫実八壊泥

    Iron Maiden Ukiyo-e “Eddie’s Beauty Revealed”

    This Ukiyo-e tells the story of a young man who comes to visit a popular Yoshiwara courtesan renowned for her beauty, and upon seeing the courtesan’s face reflected in the mirror, he realises that her beautiful face is actually a mask. Underneath, he is shocked to see Eddie’s irreverent smile. Mischievously, Eddie has taken on the image of a woman. Back in Edo times, the young man shares his testimonial of this experience with an illustrator, resulting in the story being told through the Ukiyo-e.

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  • IRON MAIDEN浮世絵 辻斬り壊泥 画像
    IRON MAIDEN浮世絵 辻斬り壊泥

    Iron Maiden Ukiyo-e “Slashing Eddie”

    This Ukiyo-e pays homage to the artwork from Iron Maiden’s famous album “Killers” while incorporating a “Jack the Ripper” motif. A character in Edo era Japan, Eddie is both the admirable samurai and the evil menace.

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【Size】 18.9×13.4inches(48×34㎝)
【Material】 Washi, Traditionally hand-made Japanese Paper “Echizen kizuki housho”
Iron Maiden Ukiyo-e “Eddie’s Beauty Revealed”
Illustrator:Masumi Ishikawa
Wood Carver:Saeko Baba
Hand Printer:Takuya Okada

Iron Maiden Ukiyo-e “Slashing Eddie”
Illustrator:Masumi Ishikawa
Wood Carver:Saeko Baba
Hand Printer:Hirokazu Tetsui

The Ukiyo-e is unframed, and presented in a specially designed folio made specifically for the Iron Maiden Ukiyo-e series.

The new Iron Maiden Ukiyo-e are now available for pre-order, and planned to be ready for shipment in December 2016. Once the original art pieces are completed, you will receive a notification email confirming your order and shipping information. As the prints are all handmade, and to maintain the finest quality, only 300 prints will be made.

IRON MAIDEN浮世絵プロジェクト

Ukiyo-e is a Japanese traditional art genre that has been around for over 400 hundred years, however, the number of successors is decreasing and along with it this traditional art form 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. Following the first collaboration with KISS, the second in the Ukiyo-e Project series is an amazing collaboration with British heavy metal group Iron Maiden, the perfect marriage of Japanese traditional culture with contemporary British legends!