Eddie's Beauty Revealed

Eddie's Beauty Revealed

Iron Maiden x Ukiyo-e Concept
Iron Maiden are known not only for a story being told in their music, but also 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, Iron Maiden mascot "Eddie" is depicted having gone back in time to the Edo Period in Japan, and he is spreading evil. The mirror reflection pictured is a common image found in historical Ukiyo-e dating back to the 1600's. 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.”


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 realizes 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, young men shared their testimonials of this experience with an illustrator, resulting in the story being told through an Ukiyo-e.

Craftsmen: Ukiyo-e creation requires three highly skilled artisans

Illustrator: Masumi Ishikawa
Woodcarver: Saeko Baba
Printer: Hirokazu Tetsui

Limited Edition
As the prints are all handmade, and to maintain the finest quality, only 300 prints will be made.
Size: 18.9 x 13.4 inches (48 x 34 cm)

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

Due to the nature of this hand-produced art form, colors and lines may vary in intensity between prints. This creates the uniqueness of each print and therefore allows everyone to have their own experience.



Material

Washi, traditionally hand-made Japanese Paper “Echizen kizuki housho”.

In addition to the illustrator, woodcarver, and printer, there is an additional craftsman behind the scenes. This “Echizen kizuki housho” is made by Shouhachi Yamaguchi in Fukui Prefecture. This Washi maker in Fukui has a history of 1500 years. Washi was used for preserving documents in the age of the samurai. The Washi is made of all natural fibers from the mulberry tree, allowing it to be very durable.
Ukiyo-e would not have its form unless the Artisans had this Washi paper. There are only 2 Washi craftsmen left to make this Echizen kizuki housho, and our provider is a certified national treasure of Japan.


Edition Numbering:
Each print will have an edition number. The numbers are chosen randomly.


Maintenance and Preservation:
Over time, the color will fade, which is part of the Ukiyo-e experience. Keep the Ukiyo-e out of direct sunlight, strong ultraviolet sources, and high humidity. Once the art is received, remove the folio from the plastic sheathe to allow it to breath.


The artisans' woodblock print techniques are recognized by the Japanese government as an "Important Ethnic Cultural Asset and Technique Selected for Preservation” under the Cultural Affairs Protection Act.

*Please try to avoid placing the Ukiyo-e in direct sunlight. It is natural for the color to fade or change with time, and these natural changes can be enjoyed, but it is recommended to keep the art in dry and stable conditions in order to best preserve the original colors.

Slashing Eddie

Slashing Eddie

Iron Maiden x Ukiyo-e Concept
Iron Maiden are known not only for a story being told in their music, but also 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, Iron Maiden mascot "Eddie" is depicted having gone back in time to the Edo Period in Japan, and he is spreading evil. The legendary traditional Iron Maiden torture device is pictured in the lower righthand corner of the artwork. The characters written phonetically spell out “Iron Maiden” and have the meaning “works of darkness.”

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 an admirable samurai and an evil menace.

Craftsmen: Ukiyo-e creation requires three highly skilled artisans

Illustrator: Masumi Ishikawa
Woodcarver: Saeko Baba
Printer: Hirokazu Tetsui

Limited Edition
As the prints are all handmade, and to maintain the finest quality, only 300 prints will be made.
Size: 18.9 x 13.4 inches (48 x 34 cm)

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

Due to the nature of this hand-produced art form, colors and lines may vary in intensity between prints. This creates the uniqueness of each print and therefore allows everyone to have their own experience. Each original piece is made by hand, requiring 90 color layers per print, and takes the work of 2 highly skilled artisans (illustrator, wood carver, hand printer).


Material:

Washi, traditionally hand-made Japanese Paper “Echizen kizuki housho”.

In addition to the illustrator, woodcarver, and printer, there is an additional craftsman behind the scenes. This “Echizen kizuki housho” is made by Shouhachi Yamaguchi in Fukui Prefecture. This Washi maker in Fukui has a history of 1500 years. Washi was used for preserving documents in the age of the samurai. The Washi is made of all natural fibers from the mulberry tree, allowing it to be very durable.
Ukiyo-e would not have its form unless the Artisans had this Washi paper. There are only 2 Washi craftsmen left to make this Echizen kizuki housho, and our provider is a certified national treasure of Japan.


Edition Numbering:
Each print will have an edition number. The numbers are chosen randomly.


Maintenance and Preservation:
Over time, the color will fade, which is part of the Ukiyo-e experience. Keep the Ukiyo-e out of direct sunlight, strong ultraviolet sources, and high humidity. Once the art is received, remove the folio from the plastic sheathe to allow it to breath.


The artisans' woodblock print techniques are recognized by the Japanese government as an "Important Ethnic Cultural Asset and Technique Selected for Preservation” under the Cultural Affairs Protection Act.

*Please try to avoid placing the Ukiyo-e in direct sunlight. It is natural for the color to fade or change with time, and these natural changes can be enjoyed, but it is recommended to keep the art in dry and stable conditions in order to best preserve the original colors.