KISS, Kabuki Ukiyo-e, Faithful Samurai, Chushingura, Rock Music, Contemporary Woodblock Print

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Title: Kabuki Ukiyo-e
Artistic Director: Yuka Mitsui
Illustrator: Masumi Ishikawa
Woodcarver: Kazuo Watanabe
Printer: Hideo Yoshida
Date: 2015
Edition: 98 / 100
Size: 48 x 34 cm

KISS remains one of the most influential bands in the history of rock and roll. Well known for its members’ face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood-spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnics. With their make-up and costumes, they took on the personae of comic book-style characters: The Starchild (Stanley), The Demon (Simmons), The Spaceman or Space Ace (Frehley), and The Catman (Criss).

This portrait style is very popular in the Ukiyo-e world. The design of the Kimono comes from Aoko Roshi (47 Ronin), and a touch of shine is infused with mica on the Kimono (grey area) in respect to KISS. The colour inside the figures’ chain mail distinguishes each member of the band. The lighter colour make-up symbolises Kabuki’s traditional kumadori make-up, done in the style followed by the band. The members are also shown wearing the samurai’s black and white clothes while striking poses characteristic of kabuki portrayals in ukiyo-e (see reference images).

Kanadehon Chushingura, popularly known as ‘The Revenge of the 47 Ronin’, is the name of a drama that immortalised historic events from the early 18th century. One of the major themes of ukiyo-e, Chushingura is the story of faithful samurai who are on a mission to avenge the death of their master.

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Weight 0.5 kg
Dimensions 48 × 34 cm
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