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ARTiSM Market 02, Tokyo

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JAPANESE STREETS visited Tokyo’s second ARTiSM Market, an exhibition and sale of items created by underground artists

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A few hundred subculture and underground artists and designers participated in today’s second ARTiSM Market in Tokyo. As in the first ARTiSM Market, everything from Steam Punk to Lolita, from Shironori to Cyber, and many other subcultures active in Japan, could be found here. They sold CD’s, art, accessories, clothing and lots of other goodies.

I didn’t have the time to check every single artist, but I would like to introduce a few that caught my attention. Some you have encountered before on the pages of JAPANESE STREETS, others are new here.

TADACy | TADACy EYE

Metal band TADACy EYE vocalist TADACy started his brand in 2009. He creates bizarre stuffed animals and grotesque objects.

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Rose de Reficul et Guiggles

Creates and collects accessories, apparel, postcards and books based on antiques from the 19th century. The brand was founded in 2006, and it now has a single shop in Ikoma in Nara, opened in 2011.

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Eiko Nekomiya

Creates dolls that are part ghoulish, part sexy. Nekomiya is inspired by ghosts and Art Nouveau. For now she only sells her creations at events.

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Photo courtesy of Eiko Nekomiya

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chante

Is Ruru‘s brand for apparel and bags.

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candynoir

Makes gorgeous gothic, steampunk and Lolita hats, all hand-made. “I call these hats corset hats,” says owner Eisui Yamada, while holding one of his creations. You probably remember Yamada and his daughter from Harajuku Fashion Walks. They are fervent participants.

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Empoissement du sucre

Creates accessories that matches their original Kajo Soshoku (過剰装飾, excessively ornamented) clothes.

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PDC

Creates Cyber Scouters, some of which have smartphone controlled light patterns.

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ririco:ramu

Creates little horns. “I sold 100 today,” creator Riri told me.

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ange diable Plumes

Creates all kinds of Japanesque accessories like hair ribbons and brooches made of kimono textile. At the moment owner Kei Soune only sells at events, so you will have to come to Japan to lay your hands on these.

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Takuya Angel

Is a brand we have covered almost since the very first days of JAPANESE STREETS. After all these years, we are still fans! See our previous coverage of Takuya Angel!

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General Images

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The next ARTiSM Market takes place in September. Hope you can be there!

Kjeld Duits About the Author

Inspired by the stunningly creative street fashion that exploded on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka in the late 1990’s, photo-journalist Kjeld Duits launched JAPANESE STREETS in 2002. This makes JS one of the first fashion blogs on the net, and the very first to cover Japanese street fashion.

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lavyuceffe
Mar 14, 2014 (1408 days ago)

Awesome stuff! :DDD

I’ve seen Eisui Yamada and his daughter many times before, but I had no idea they were the ones actually making those hats! :O So awesome!

I’ll know it from now on anyway ^^

Thanks for introducing so many amazing artists and brands!

Deadly Bite
Mar 25, 2014 (1398 days ago)

@lavyuceffe: Thank you.
@Deadly Bite: Yes, he is Harajuku’s “Mad Hatter” ^_-

Kjeld Duits (author)
Mar 25, 2014 (1398 days ago)

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