YŌKAI BENTBACKS – An Illustrated Collection of The Bizarre
Japanese folklore and culture are embedded in bizarre creatures collectively referred as “yokai”. Strange beasts, quelling demons and otherworldly phenomena that for centuries terrified, inspired and fueled tales, film, literature, manga, and anime.
I want to pay my tribute to this aspect of Japanese culture by combining it and representing it with a classic western tattoo subject, the Bentback Girl.
This design can be traced as back as a Baldwin flash from 1914 and now takes shape to illustrate various different characters from the most popular tales and legends.
This project is now available as a reference book with the stories of each character in both English and Spanish, 6 posters with the original artwork and individual prints.
All the material is now available for purchase worldwide at kintaro-publishing.com
Thank you for your support and I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it.