I’m going to be perfectly honest with you. I adore Opening Ceremony, I fully support LGBT – but my 12 good men and true are out on OC’s collab with Manga artist Jiraiya and MASSIVE to celebrate Pride Month.
To give you some context (and this is all from the press release. I don’t know squat): ‘JIRAIYA is an artist known for photorealistic illustrations of ‘gachimuchi’ (beefcakey. Think Tom of Finland via Japan) men. His artwork has entertained fans, queer and otherwise, since his 1998 debut in seminal Japanese gay magazine G-Men. His comic books are favorites in the Japanese gay community and tell tales of a happy gay life.’
Meanwhile, ‘MASSIVE is a line of apparel and goods inspired by gay manga. Founded in 2012 by writer/producer Anne Ishii and filmmaker/designer Graham Kolbeins, MASSIVE made waves through their Tumblr last winter with a sweatshirt featuring Jiraiya’s original artwork. They’ve also produced original books by gay Japanese comics artists, including Fantagraphics’ upcoming anthology Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It.’
The collection features Jiraiya’s male sumo-esque pin-ups planted on tees, muscle shirts, rugby shorts and a beach towel. I thought you should know about it because the product is startling and punchy and once you slip on one of these tops – or lie on this beach towel – no one will ever forget you.
The collection styles will be available in sizes XS-XXXL online and in store from $55.20 to $92.00. www.openingceremony.us