I believe in sex, death, monsters, violence,
mayhem, nostalgia, daydreams, excess, and anything out of control.
And so I also believe in Bangkillporn: Japan’s next gen bonkura pop artists and purveyors of
bad taste and fine apparel.
Bangkillporn are three people – a power trio,
really – made up of illustrators + graphic designers Superlog and Utomaru, along with
cosplayer Omi K Gibson (below) providing planning and erotic vibes.
Each member has their own superpower:
Superlog’s work (above) depicts demonic women with automatic weapons, dangerous curves
and dynamite bodies. Utomaru’s designs nail the “pop ‘n cute” look of the
eighties with dazzling line work and a frankly astonishing color palate. Omi K
Gibson is the half-naked female shaman who bridges the gap and brings the
collective vision to life by acting as the group’s model and muse.
Typically in bonkura (slang
for B-movie and junk culture freak) anti-fashion, the black T-shirt is king,
but Bangkillporn’s stickers and shirts dare to run riot across the color
spectrum and break through to a new dimension of eye popping visual appeal.
Also, 2/3ds of Bangkillporn is female, and while I don’t think their work has
any underlying pretention or agenda, the results have more variety and range
than just raw objectification.
But how much of this is by design? How much by
accident? The gang was nice enough to answer a few
Around 2004, Superlog lost everything he had
from gambling and was about to throw himself into Tokyo Bay. Luckily, Utomaru
passed by and prevented Superlog from dying. Afterwards, they realized that
they liked the same kinds of movies and manga and they started working together
on illustrations and designs. A while later in 2011, the pair came across OMI
in the middle of Tokyo where she was buck naked and scavenging through trash.
They managed to tame OMI’s savage animal-like nature and together, they become
what they are now.
The name is a sequence of our three favorite
words: “bang”, “kill”, and “porn”. It’s also inspired by the atmosphere of
Spaghetti Westerns, like “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”.
How would you describe your brand’s image?
We take the influence of American movies from
the ‘70s to the ‘80s, and tokusatsu and anime from the Showa era up to 1989,
and we mix them together to create new art. We don’t see any other brands doing
this, so we’d like to be the ones who do it.
How can foreigners get your shirts and goods?
Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org . We
will be sure to write back. Since we have gotten some good feedback from people
outside of Japan, we are planning to make a shopping web-site for them
Since we just started, our first goal is to let
as many people as possible to know about us. For starters, we will be living in
the mountains and fighting bears with our bare hands (not a joke, it is out of
respect to Mas Oyama). Also, we would like to participate in the San Diego
Comic Con in the near future.
Do you have a message for whoever is reading this interview?
All three of us love old Japanese pop culture,
especially from the Showa-era, so we hope to show and tell everyone about it
using our eyes as filters. T-shirts are part of that, but in the future, we
hope to make toys and create other kinds of designs. I’m sure there are many
other people who feel the same way we do, so we hope those people will wear our
shirts and us photos. That would make us very happy!