The Tokyo Gothic card series by Vera Akotuah is a great gift for those who have a soft spot for pin – up lingerie, manga or both. At first it might seem odd, but the motifs of retro undergarments and Japanese comics perfectly mix in Ms. Akotuah’s work. It is for this contradictory combination and artist’s talent, the cards are so unique and distinctive.
Vera Akotuah is a self – taught artist from London. Her idol and inspirer is a famous painter Matisse along with his cut – outs, especially, the blue ones. As for the Tokyo Gothic series, everything started a few years ago, when Ms. Akotuah visited Japan and was fascinated with its capital, fashion and manga culture. As for the vintage lingerie, the artist says that the girls she has used are inspired by such pin – up muses as Bettie Page and Dita Von Teese. The resemblance captivates: Vera Akotuah is more than capable to convey the allures of these two famous women and the whole pin – up style.
Now about the Tokyo Gothic card series. At this moment it consists of forty eight different cards and forty eight different girls, which have individual tattoos. The cards are named after the parts and locations of Tokyo city. For example, Roppongi or Shinjuku. As regards the design, Tokyo Gothic cards not only have a 3D pop – up effect, but also feature some decoupage details such as lace, velvet and etc. By the way, the cards are blank inside. As a result, you can fill this empty space with some tempting proposals for your loved one.
But less words, more pictures. So let’s take a peek at the Tokyo Gothic card collection by Vera Akotuah and choose the most charming girl! The decision would not be easy.