2019 is a fitting year to look back at the Legacy of Katsuhiro Otomo’s classic cyberpunk manga AKIRA. Set in 2019, the illustration and anime based on the story are now a legendary part of the sci-fi canon. One Japanese collector Satoshi Takahashi, has amassed an extraordinary collection of some of the best vintage AKIRA t-shirts released during the past 20 years.
Takahashi who is a creative director and fashion stylist in has been obsessed with the manga since it’s release in 1982. Since then he’s collected over 40 T-shirts. Finding the shirts through thrift stores and online auction sites like Yahoo Japan . He used the publication “AKIRA CLUB” which published in 1995 by Kodansha as his main reference for tracking down references on the older T-shirts. In addition, “GENGA” (2012) and Katsuhiro Otomo’s special feature “BRUTUS” (2014) were influential in guiding his search to complete his collection. Among the shirts in his collection are many of the highly sought after licensed Fashion Victim T-shirts, bootlegs, as well as more recent collaborations with Otomo and Supreme.
Click through for more photos of his collection and visit WWD Japan for the entire interview.
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This is a must have for any AKIRA fan as well as a perfect Christmas gift for the manga fan in your life. For the 35th anniversary of AKIRA this beautiful was released wit the original Japanese art and right-to-left reading format for the first time. The set includes six hardcover volumes, plus the hardcover Akira Club art book and an exclusive patch with the iconic pill design.
In 1982, Kodansha published the first chapter of Akira, a dystopian story set in Neo-Tokyo, a city recovering from thermonuclear attack where the streets have been ceded to motorcycle gangs and the rich and powerful run dangerous experiments on destructive, supernatural powers that they cannot control. In 1988, the manga was adapted into what was at the time the most expensive animated film ever made, which brought Akira’s influence out of the manga world and onto the global stage. Today, it remains a touchstone for artists, writers, filmmakers, and fans, retaining all the brutal impact and narrative intensity it had when Otomo first unleashed it onto the world.
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As a huge fan both the Simpsons and Akira, I really enjoyed reading through the Bartkira Vol.1 Manga that came out in 2014. The un-official magna seamlessly combines the worlds of the Simpsons and Akira with work from over 50 artists. The work was very well received and now we have a new effort from Kaitlyn Sullivan which is a video trailer of a hypothetical Bartkira movie. The short clip replicates exact frames from the anime and is well worth watching for fans. Find more info online on the official Bartkira website and be out for forthcoming volumes of the manga.
I’m proud to present the lookbook for the debut collection from New York based label Purple Tape Pedigree. The 5-piece capsule ‘Good For Health’ collection includes 2 jerseys, 2 long-sleeve t-shirts, and a collaborative PTP x Third Looks ‘Pill’ coach’s jacket. The lookbook was creative directed by yours truly and we assembled a diverse group of friends and colleagues to represent the collection. No stylists were necessary as each person worked the pieces into their own personal style.
Inspiration for the collection includes Hong Kong cinema, Japanese anime from the 80’s, 20th century Brazilian surrealist art, post-2000 A.D. cyberpunks, and the onset of big city paranoia. The gear is available now on the PTP Garment District. New York heads will be able to see the gear in person at a special pop-up event and release party on May 31st (More details to be released shortly).
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In commemoration of the forthcoming Third Looks x PTP (Purple Tape Pedigree) collaboration we are proud to present this video teaser .
We pulled clips from one of our favorite animated films AKIRA and set them a relentless audio bombardment by StationStation. More information on the collaboration will be dropping this week. You’ll have a chance to wear official Third Looks gear very very soon.