"Toda Koen Station on the Saikyo Line. A man walks against the wind, face downcast, collar turned up on his Undercover jacket. Leaving his native Osaka last year, he came to college in Tokyo and began playing in a band. His own apartment is northwest suburban Jujo, but he practically lives in Toda Koen at his band buddy’s place. He bought his first Undercover in middle school 5 years ago after seeing "how cool a friend’s older brother looked wearing Undercover." At 30 thousand yen a shirt, he couldn’t afford that many outfits. Still, that much said, his collection fills two big bags and easily covers the floor. "Why do I like Undercover? No reason and that’s fine by me!" says this friendly punk. Dreams for the future? "My band, match! We’re gonna be major." Well, let’s just wait to hear what kind of music these two fans of Can and The Who and Lee Perry come out with."
Japanese Book Covers: Burning Chrome, Count Zero, & Neuromancer. Yukimasa Okumura. 1986 & 1987
Totally beautiful glitch book cover art by Yukimasa Okumura.
Interestingly, characters and events are referenced between these three books, only two of which are part of the Spawn trilogy. And Kathryn Bigelow was once going to direct a film adaptation of Burning Chrome, but it fell through. Sad.
The Real McCoy’s
The brainchild of Hitoshi Tsujimoto, The Real McCoys was the product of Mr Tsujimoto’s transition from vintage collector and dealer, to designer, recreating some of the classic military styles from his collection.
Backed by a core team of Japanese master craftsmen, The Real McCoys recreate the uninhibited, rational and innovative clothing of America in the 1940s and 1950s with an astonishing level of detail, focusing on American military apparel.
With a rich and varied pool of inspiration to draw from, overlooked details from Military history are given the recognition they deserve, from classic camouflage design, to forgotten graphics and ingenious pieces of functional design.
Serving as a fitting vehicle for this ode to a bygone era, each TRM piece is executed to the highest standard, from jersey tees constructed on traditional loop-wheeling machines, to heavy duty herringbone canvas and meticulously sourced hardware.