For more than 30 years, horror master Junji Ito has been terrifying people through manga. His distinctive art style and dark imagery have inspired TV and film adaptations, and just last year, he released his first art book, which he talked about--amongst many other topics -- in an interview with grape Japan.
The numerous adaptations of Ito’s work into different mediums only proves the versatility and appeal of his creations, so it comes as no surprise that one of his most popular manga series, "Uzumaki" (うずまき) has now inspired a fashion merchandise line.
The story of "Uzumaki" is centered around the residents of a fictional Japanese town that’s plagued by horrific, supernatural events connected to spirals (hence the title “Uzumaki”, the Japanese word for “spiral”). Throughout its year-long original run, Ito created some unforgettable images--some of which become the centerpiece for the shirts and tote bags (photo at top) sold in the fashion line.
Other famous scenes from the manga also make an appearance through these psychedelic pins.
Fans of "Uzumaki" also have a more subtle way to show their love for the series; these brightly-colored bucket hats and open-collar shirts hide Junji Ito’s signature spirals in a polka dot pattern.
The "Uzumaki" fashion line was developed by R4G, a brand that sells anime and Japanese pop culture-themed clothing. It’s currently only available for purchase within Japan through the SHELL’TER Webstore. However, the online retailer also has an international website, so we might see the merchandise in other countries soon too.
Read more stories from grape Japan.
- External Link