Kabuki Ukiyo-e

Kabuki Ukiyo-e

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 color inside the figures' chain mail distinguishes each member of the band. The lighter color make-up symbolizes Kabuki’s Kumadori make-up.

This original piece is autographed by the band (autographed edition).

The KISS Ukiyo-e became a challenge for the Artisans, particularly for the Hand Printer because each original piece required 90 color layers per print.

Craftsmen: Ukiyo-e creation requires three highly skilled artisans

Illustrator: Masumi Ishikawa
Woodcarver: Kazuo Watanabe
Printer: Hideo Yoshida

Quality over Quantity:
Since the prints are all handmade, to maintain the finest quality we are only offering 200 prints at this time.

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.

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 KISS Ukiyo-e series.

Material

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

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.

Monstrous Ukiyo-e

Monstrous Ukiyo-e

The members of the band are transformed into monsters and a samurai warrior. Gene Simmons is the flying devil with the large head. Eric Singer is the ‘Nekomata (mythical two-tailed monster),’ which stands for cat monster, just like his character in the band. Tommy Thayer is the ‘Nuribotoke,’ a monster with the Buddha's face. Paul Stanley is the samurai warrior who fights these creatures, and the front piece of the warrior’s helmet has a star shape inspired by his persona name ‘Star Child.’ The pentagram is his signature but the hexagrams on his armor above his knees are meant to protect from the evil.

This original piece is autographed by the band (autographed edition).

The KISS Ukiyo-e became a challenge for the Artisans, particularly for the Hand Printer because each original piece required 90 color layers per print.

Craftsmen: Ukiyo-e creation requires three highly skilled artisans

Illustrator: Masumi Ishikawa
Woodcarver: Yusuke Sekioka
Printer: Takuya Okada

Quality over Quantity:
Since the prints are all handmade, to maintain the finest quality we are only offering 200 prints at this time.

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.

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 KISS Ukiyo-e series.



Material

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

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.

Paul Stanley Ukiyo-e

Paul Stanley Ukiyo-e

This image of Paul Stanley putting on make-up is based on Kuniyoshi Utagawa’s "Token Gonbei, Kuniyoshi Moyo Shofuda Tsuketari Genkin Otoko (Men of Ready Money with True Labels Attached, Kuniyoshi Style)". A lot of Masumi’s Ukiyo-e is influenced by Kuniyoshi, and Masumi wanted to create this piece as a tribute to him. The pattern of the Kimono is called "Jigoku-ezu (meaning Inferno)." Gene Simmons is the "Great King Yama", and the other two are the ogres. The logos on the Obi (kimono belt) are the members' make-up transformed into a family crest, and the pattern "力" of the towel on his left shoulder is inspired by Eric Singer's outfit. The poem written above Paul is the Japanese translation of the famous lyrics "I wanna rock and roll all night and party every day. You keep on shoutin', you keep on shoutin'" (1975 Rock and Roll All Nite).

This original piece is autographed by the band (autographed edition).

The KISS Ukiyo-e became a challenge for the Artisans, particularly for the Printer because each original piece required 90 color layers per print.

Craftsmen: Ukiyo-e creation requires three highly skilled artisans

Illustrator: Masumi Ishikawa
Woodcarver: Yusuke Sekioka
Printer: Tatsuya Ito

Quality over Quantity:
Since the prints are all handmade, to maintain the finest quality we are only offering 200 prints at this time.

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.

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 KISS Ukiyo-e series.

Material

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

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.

KISS VS MCZ Ukiyo-e

KISS VS MCZ Ukiyo-e

The artwork shows a battle scene of the Japanese idol group MOMOIRO CLOVER Z (MCZ) in vibrant, bright, and colorful armor 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.

The KISS Ukiyo-e became a challenge for the Artisans, particularly for the Printer because each original piece required 90 color layers per print.

Craftsmen: Ukiyo-e creation requires three highly skilled artisans

Quality over Quantity:
Since the prints are all handmade, to maintain the finest quality we are only offering 200 prints at this time.

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.

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 KISS Ukiyo-e series.

Material

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

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.