Ukiyo-e heroes by Jed Henry

It’s not a secret I’m a Japan addicted, and I used to be a videogames freak too, specially in my younger years. So you can imagine my reaction when I found the work of Jed Henry called “Ukyio-e Heroes”. Just blasting. For those who don’t know, Ukiyo-e are the traditional woodblock prints from Japan, probably the most famous is the “Great Wave off Kanagawa” by Hokusai. These illustrations usually depicted historical and legendary events from Japanese traditional culture. It’s a fact that in today’s culture in Japan (as well as in the rest of the industrialized world)  a big part part is made also by videogames, and some of the characters from them are now real pop icons (just think about Super Mario). This is where Jed’s work starts.

Ukiyo e heroes by Jed Henry

Ukiyo e heroes by Jed Henry

Ukiyo e heroes by Jed Henry

Ukiyo e heroes by Jed Henry

Ukiyo e heroes by Jed Henry

Ukiyo e heroes by Jed Henry

Ukiyo e heroes by Jed Henry

Ukiyo e heroes by Jed Henry

Ukiyo e heroes by Jed Henry

 

Ukiyo e heroes by Jed Henry

Ukiyo e heroes by Jed Henry

Jed hired a professional woodblock printer, David Bull, to print his Mario Kart illustration in the japanese traditional way. Prints will be on sale on kickstarter from August 1.

Ukiyo e heroes by Jed Henry

Ukiyo e heroes by Jed Henry

Ukiyo e heroes by Jed Henry

Ukiyo e heroes by Jed Henry

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