Title: KISS VS MCZ
Artistic Director: Yuka Mitsui
Edition: 76 / 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).
The artwork shows a battle scene of the Japanese idol group MOMOIRO CLOVER Z (MCZ) in vibrant, bright, and colourful armour versus KISS as the black flame, fireball monster. In early 2015, MCZ released a song ‘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 (see reference image).