Right Then Boys And Girls. Now look, I’ve got a letter here from a young man in Greenland. He’s back at school after the summer holidays and he sez it’s crap. And could me, Jim, fix it for him to have a bloody good reason to watch youtube on his iphone during Mr.Crumblyballs’ Tadpole tasting class.
Well now Ladies and Gentlemen, Of course the first thing that came to mind was good old Bruce Springsteen but just then I remembered the pink ball in the snooker highlights.
That pink balls real name is Mr.Go Miyagi and 1,103,103 views on one of his features on youtube makes for pretty good youtubing I raccoon.
Now we can spell it GO or GOU. Having had the pre-village of meeting the chap I know that he prefers GO. So that’s how we’ll spell it here at whatitsnamatte.
Now let me just say that there are skateboarders and then there are skateboarders and then there is Go Miyagi.
When our GO looks at something which he is considering applying himself and his scooter to, it is like watching Michael Angelo Buonarotti look at a block of marble while thinking about applying himself and his chisel to it. Only difference is that our GO isn’t thinking about naked fella’s, he’s thinking about getting radical in a way that only a radical thinker can get radical. You got me drifter? Give it here then, I’ll eat while we watch this.
One last thing. KY jelly, wax, slime, candles and metal bars need not be confined to pornos anymore! As we’ll now see. I would have gone in for a tube of Jimmy myself but each to there own, AND GOODWILL TO THEM…
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Now then lads and lasses, anybody watch the snooker this aftty? It was top!!! Got a vid of the highlights here.
Featuring such craftsmen as Mr.Go Miyagi. He’s the pink ball by the way. More of him to come I reckon. Jim’ll fix that up in the next post.
When it comes to making films of skateboarding, as with all movies, filming and editing makes it or breaks it. But in snooker, When filmer/director/editor Mr. Takahiro Morita breaks, expect magic…
Savlon here. Thought it might be wise to add a couple of vids featuring, among other venerables, Chopper himself. Here at Chotto Matte true shakers and movers are to be exhalted.
Now then. Extremely hello every baldy. My name is Jimmy Savlon, also known as POCARIT CLOP. Gweetings. Respectcetera. I’m going to speak a little bit, not a lot, every second counts, about skate boar DING!!!!!! Namely, in Nippon. First of all I want you to bring to mind your perception of ‘skateboarding’. Secondly I want you to tell that perception to go and burn in Heaven for evermore because whatever it is, I GWARantee, it’s right off the mark. Is skateboarding cool? Is it Punk Rock? Is it Hip Hop? Is it crap? No, it’s none of these and none of anything else. Skateboards have been knocking about since long before any of the above. Yes, even before feecese. A skateboard is just a skateboard and whatever you do with it is ENTIRELY up to you. Play Cricket with it. Dig an ‘ole with one. Use one as a skateboard. There are no rules. Except the unwritten ones. But they aren’t in writing and never will be. HERE IN JIPPON we give far east of a shit about what one does with a skateboard. Of course the unwritten rules filter through somewhat from the western isles but they can be quite easily shat upon.
In OSAKA there is a man. A Gentleman of the highest order named.. CHOPPER. He was ‘discovered’ by a very good friend of mine…
Look, Chopper is the same age as me, grew up through the same era of skateboarding and manages to blow the fucking roof off the establishment. And always has as far as I know. Now of course a man like that naturally grows popular with others who are genius enough to see the advantages and more so, the possibilities. His ‘crew’ define the word UNIQUE.
9 years ago I travelled on a choo choo to Osaka to hang out with my friend Chopper for the weekend. He took me straight to Osaka Castle, Spotaka skate shop, a few other places, then fat okonomiyaki and major beer ingestion all the while giggling as he warned me that he was about to introduce me to a psychopath. A man with crazy eyeballs. I’d actually started to get worried. The man I finally met turned out to be a saint. And a psychopath.
His name is DAL, pronounced DARU. THIS is skateboarding.
David Sausage: Sooo ….
David Sausage: I asked before about your tag ‘Magnet’ and you said it was a secret but I’m curious. Where does the name come from?
Magnet: It’s because ####### ### ########.
David Sausage: Oh! I see, THAT’S why you didn’t want to say Ok! When did you start writing?
Magnet: About the time of being a Junior High School student. I liked the famous writers styles so I just wanted to… How you say in English? In Japanese we say ‘miyo ni mane’
David Sausage: So… Was there a book or a film like Style Wars that made you start painting?
Magnet: I just saw Sakuragichou that big long wall.
David Sausage: How old were you at the time?
Magnet: Fourteen,, fifteen or something like that.
David Sausage: So you would have seen all those old skool writers like Kazz Rock?
Magnet: Yeahhhhh, Kazz Rock, QP and Esow
David Sausage: Who did you look up to?
Magnet: All of them! I just saw their work and thought ‘yeah I wanna do it like that’
David Sausage: As a prolific tagger what’s your opinion on doing pieces compared to doing tags. Are they separate or is it all the same thing as far as you see?
Magnet: Errrr… I don’t know about that I just want to make original tags. Concentrate on my tag and then get famous. I’m not sure which is different…
David Sausage: It doesn’t really matter right?
David Sausage: I’ve seen your tag pretty much everywhere. How the hell do you do that? You must be getting up every night?! Everywhere you go, all the time.
Magnet: I used to do the stickers… then the tags but it was so toy!
David Sausage: It’s the same for everyone when they start I reckon. What was your best placed tag?
Magnet: I think one of my drip tags in the Yokohama area. The drips were just perfect.. I’ve just wanted to design the tag better so I started thinking about it… How do you say in English?… I just wanted to tag perfect so… Sona kanji kanaaa…
David Sausage: How did you become motivated to get up so much?
Magnet: I started writing my name and seeing it. I liked it and went from there. Other writers i see up and those who became famous are what motivates me.
David Sausage: So who’s handstyles do you like the most here?
Magnet: I like Zephyr and I dont know about now. I don’t see the magazines recently so.. But recently I saw in Ueno tags they look so good. But I dunno…
David Sausage: What’s more important, good handstyles or getting up more?
Magnet: Yeah…. I think it’s the style first.
David Sausage: I know you lived in Australia for a while. Did you paint regularly there?
Magnet: Yeah I was a tagger so I just did a lot of tags… So…
Magnet: I was in Australia back in 2000. Trains were the shit back then, and the scene was growing. Most dope pieces were near ghettos and that motivated me to progress in that aspect of it.
David Sausage: What can Japan learn from Western countries culture? What can Western countries learn from Japanese culture?
Magnet: Both cultures have good points and bad points. If only we could trade all the bad for good. Really, there are too many to mention…
David Sausage: Who’s work did you like out in Australia?
Magnet: I saw the stuff in Downtown Sydney, Bondai Beach….
(Machi no piece ga atta sore ha nanka…sugoi.. Sore de nihon de nattara…) I just thought that kind of work would look cool in Yokohama.
David Sausage: Who would you say is the most up in Tokyo and Yokohama?
Magnet: Tokyo? Yokohama?… Dare dalor ne?…Styx, Wanto…
David Sausage: And I would say you, right?!
Magnet: Ahhh… I just write Yokohama area. Tokyo is Wanto I think. Yokohama is Styx, he’s up the most. I’ve seen that everywhere. I think he is the best.
David Sausage: Errm… You’re familiar with that wall in Sakuragichou then, it got covered in grey…
Magnet: Yup it’s sooo boring…
David Sausage: Why the fuck did that happen?!
David Sausage: I know you don’t have the answer but why do you think that happened? The problem I see here is there is now nowhere to paint. It used to have a massive long wall – quite possibly the longest wall of graffiti in the world, and now… There’s nowhere to paint…
Magnet: Err… I think that… Nan dalor neh? Nihongodemo ii?
David Sausage: Yup.
Magnet: [Japanese translation] The boss of Tokyu group (a massive corporation that owns a large percentage of the train systems, shopping centres, buildings and companies here) said ‘let’s stop this painting on the wall’,, He really didn’t appreciate the graffiti so he has decided to change the place. We have to keep on painting and hopefully peoples opinion will change.
The Tokyu line was a special one, like a sanctuary and it’s now just a concrete wall. Graffiti is dying although in Uraga graffiti has survived. I just hope it becomes more popular. [/Japanese translation]
David Sausage: Thanks for the interview Magnet.
We here at The Chottomatte hope that once again, one day, the mammoth Sakuragichou wall will get a lick of paint and government backing like the SeeNoEvil graffiti art festival did in Bristol, UK. Big up the Lord Mayor of Bristol chillaxin’ with TATS Cru
Toshio Maeda Interview Part 3
This time we talk zombies, chikan, graffiti and a seemingly endless attempt to twist Toshio’s tentacle to come an paint with us…
David Sausage: Where did all the ghosts, monsters and creatures come from in your work?
Toshio: I don’t know, it just sort of came,,, you know of a monster or a creature,, maybe from older manga books or a miss(?)
David Sausage: Mist?
Toshio: Mist, how can I say? Actually, I don’t like depicting such creatures. It’s creepy or eerie, ghosts or spirits. It’s just a weird feeling Japanese get watching that kind of thing but zombies? Why Westerners are so afraid of such things?! It’s nothing! (zombie sound) moving slow! Just try to bite you err… That’s it.
INKFETISH: Adventure kids had a lot of Zombies,,, Zombie Nazis didn’t it?!
Toshio: Yeah yeah, so probably,,, I’m really afraid of myself, inside of me, because sometimes I don’t know who I am. That’s the most scary part. I’m just really scared with human beings. Sometimes I really scare the shit out my wife.
David Sausage: Have you ever wanted to try spraypainting?
Toshio: I haven’t done that.
David Sausage: Have you used airbrushes before?
Toshio: Yes. I used to do that.
David Sausage: It’s similar to that on a larger scale.
Toshio: So how could you have an image at the same time as creating a big picture? because it’s really hard to take a look right from a distance. Basically you are really close to the wall.
David Sausage: It’s in your mind. Already. Like the whole picture is there and you’re already standing back. I never think about it really. You just get a feel for the whole image.
INKFETISH: When I start I do a sketch. So I sketch first and then I usually stand back. Look at it. Then say “that needs to change, that bit needs to change..” come forward change a bit, stand back and look at it.
Toshio: Oh, I see.
David Sausage: I wonder if Toshio would like to paint with us?
INKFETISH: That’d be amazing wouldn’t it?!
Toshio: With spray?? I.. I think it’s impossible!
David Sausage: Ahh…
INKFETISH: it’d be interesting for you…
Toshio: It’s ah,,, how can I say (Arnie-type movie voice) not under my jurisdiction!
Toshio: How many colours available?
INKFETISH: err.. thousands. If I paint a wall I usually bring this bag and put like 20…25 cans in there.
Toshio: oh… Can you mix?
INKFETISH: You can mix but it’s very complicated. But you can also get shadow paint now so you can use paint to make it darker… It’s hard to explain.
Toshio: like white highlighting?
INKFETISH: Yeah kind of. Graffiti now is a multiple million dollar industry.
Toshio: you can be rich?
INKFETISH: You could become rich. Some people have made money from it because they’ve paint for like twenty years on the streets and then they start painting canvases and going to galleries.
When people buy their work, it’s not just the artwork they are buy because they know this person is famous for painting on the streets for twenty years so it makes their artwork more valuable.
Toshio: Hmmm hmmm
INKFETISH: because they have this notorious background.
Toshio: Do you think you are ahead of the game?
INKFETISH: No. I’m quite young so… Graffiti started in the 70’s
Toshio: So long ago?!
INKFETISH: Yeah, so it’s still a new artform because it’s still only thirty years old. Some people we call them like the oldskool, some of the oldskool writers are like ten years older than me… they’re thirty five… forty… But no I’m still quite young. I’m quite well known. I know most of the graffiti artists and they know who I am… Everybody knows each other and we paint together.
Toshio: that’s the thing. To be a painter of course you need an artistic sense but… On top of that you also need…
INKFETISH:… good can control. You know, technically good.
INKFETISH: Also, if you have done illegal graffiti you get more respect.
Toshio: Wow it’s quite risky!
INKFETISH: Yep… So if you do a train, if you paint a train those people are considered to be most popular.
Toshio: Its like the skating on a thin ice. Once you get busted you get in the trouble, right?
INKFETISH: Yeah. But they think it’s worth it because they get respect from the streets , their name becomes famous. If a graffiti artist gets his name in the papers then the media talk about him, but he actually likes it because it makes him more famous.
Toshio: Like the same line of joke. We are talking my friend and I and once,,, you know he got busted as a rapist and you know,,, the reputation is getting better as you know, the x-rated cartoonist…
Toshio: haha you know, obviously its a joke.
INKFETISH: y’know Ricky Gervais, he said at some award ceremony, he got into trouble for saying “being famous is easy these days, if you want to be famous go and kill a prostitute”
Toshio: ahh yeah.
INKFETISH: You know it’s true. If all you want is people to talk about you just go and do something bad.
David Sausage: Or go on twitter.
Toshio: You know we are always talking about the sexual pervert, on the train… and we get busted… Just like that. But it’s a no news because it’s explained… He’s an x-rated cartoonist
David Sausage: That’s a big problem in Japan these days isn’t it? Chikan. But these days women are accusing men who haven’t done anything.
Toshio: I don’t know what their purpose to do that is,,,, they just doing that…
David Sausage: Scary isn’t it? Especially if you’ve got a family.
INKFETISH: Or an important job.
Toshio: Some guys put both hands on the handrails now to show they are innocent, I’m not doing anything wrong.
David Sausage: Aha…it wasn’t me,,, that was just my tentacle coming out!
David Sausage: When did you start painting, INKFETISH?
INKFETISH: When I was about thirteen or fourteen, but only just tagging. I started painting more artistically when I was about nineteen or twenty.
David Sausage: Did you have somebody take you under their wing?
INKFETISH: I started painting with a lot of guys from London who were a lot older and they’d already done all the illegal stuff and they just wanted to chill out at the weekends and paint walls. Oldskool guys like Skire. Because I wasn’t up to their skill level I wanted to impress them. I’d seen their stuff in magazines for years I just wanted to be as good as those guys, you know what I mean? I think that gave me the pressure to develop my style quickly. I just watched how they painted you know, to see how they did it. I’m not the kind of person who’ll ask questions “How’d you do this?.. How’d you do that?..” I’d just stand there and quietly watch. But I don’t think graffiti is particularly difficult if you are an artist and you already draw or paint.
David Sausage: That’s what I was saying to Toshio. If you can already use an airbrush…
Toshio: It was thirty years ago I used to do that for the cover of a magazine.
INKFETISH: I’ve used airbrush before but you had to change each colour and clean it out each time, it’s too much labour. With spraypaint you can cover a huge wall in two or three hours. It dries very quickly two or three seconds later.
Toshio: Is that right?
David Sausage: Good paint will go on to ANYTHING brick, paper, glass, fabric,,, furniture things like that.
Toshio: So how do you get rid of that?
INKFETISH: With special, powerful chemical blasting sprays. They hire special graffiti removal teams.
Toshio Maeda Interview Part 2
We pick up where we left last time,,, this time Toshio tells us about his horrific road accident, women’s sex fantasy requests and BOOK OFF!
Toshio: In the end I faced the music after the car accident.
David Sausage: How did that car accident change you physically?
Toshio: Well you know I couldn’t move my right arm for four years. I just had the right hand and the shoulder blades and legs fractured so my right side completely went numb. I told my bankers the truth: I wouldn’t be able to move my arm for four years… I wouldn’t be able to work anymore… For four or five years so… They took action.
David Sausage: Did they help you?
Toshio: They took all my assets and then,,, my wife,, my ex wife, left me.
David Sausage: She left?! Because of the money?
Toshio: Of course, because of the money.
David Sausage: Because of the money…?!! That’s cold!
Toshio: No no no no no no,,,!!! It was the happiest day,,, of my life!
Toshio: You know, because I didn’t like that hideous hag so you know I said Ohkaaaaaay! :-))))) I just went back to scratch from there. Its nothing,,, I couldn’t complain.
David Sausage: That’s wise looking at the good side of any situation.
Toshio: Yes! The glass is half full. You know life is full of happiness, I’m optimistic yeah? The sea is full of fish all the time you know? It’s nothing so, I remarried last year I’m a newly wed man!
YEAH! (High Fives)
Toshio: That the way it is. Life is yknow really full of happiness. Even if you have a little blip or bump,,, it’s nothing! It’s OK.
David Sausage: How did you feel straight after the accident when you opened your eyes?
Toshio: I thought my life had ended. You cant even twitch your right hand. I really had a hard time with physiotherapy. Yeahhh, it was really a kind of torture you know I tied up my right hand and using my left… And the exercise every single day,, eight or nine hours a day. I took pills you know, painkillers because it was too painful… Ahhh… But you know! It’s nothing!
It’s nothing compared to my assistant days.
INKFETISH: What happened? How did the accident happen?
Toshio: I was trying to change lanes and you know the truck,,, tried to change the lanes too before me so the scooter collided into the side of the truck and the rear tire run over me,,, four tonne truck ran over me,, this side here (right side)
And you know, the most scary moment was, when i was laying down on the street and the truck driver was talking to another driver and he was asking… (if) it was my fault… And I was one meter in front if him on the floor… And I was thinking “,,,why? Because I’m going to die?”
INKFETISH: Yeah god…
Toshio: Yeah because he didn’t give a shit my listening to him. He asking out loud “please, this supposed to be HIS fault” so I tried to move my toe or neck because you really care about your spinal chord so you know you could be the SUPERMAN you the,,, actor,,, Christopher Reeve ,,, you know neck-down paralysed right? You know he just passed away a couple of years ago,,, several years ago,,, like that I would be I was really worried about that so I could feel sharp pain around my toe… WOW! I could be recovered!
INKFETISH: I bet pain never felt so good!
Toshio: Yeah yeah yeah! I was really gratified with that and sooner or later I could be fine.
David Sausage: After that I heard you continued working with the help of an assistant?
Toshio: Yeah after that I almost couldn’t do my work so I continued to hire my assistant to run errands for me because I’m kind of disabled you know.
David Sausage: And I read there’s a whole area of manga made exclusively for women and you afterwards you became involved in that?
Toshio: Yeah, I became involved not as an artist but as a writer for, how can I say?,,, girls manga you know the manga for females. It’s supposed to be erotic and they read it after their work so I was writing the scenario for another manga artist…. Lady’s comic for ladies, only horny ladies read it so you know,,, nasty story,,,
You know I get fan letters from the readers and they want nasty nasty nasty in the details,,, how the captors want to have a shag with this or that you know,,, SO many requests I got from women, real ladies and they are so greedy in the details they are really fussy on the details but men, on the other hand they are more ambiguous,, “more nasty scenes please”
David Sausage: So what you’re saying is women are looking for more dark, more perverted, more specific details and things in their requests?
Toshio: Yeah yeah yeah! They want crotchless panties and double dildos and for things like that, yeah!
Toshio: (Laughs) yeah so, you know really greedy,,, about everything. I learned a lot from direct message from readers.
David Sausage: When you made Urotsukidoji, I know there’s a big Market for that in Japan and..
David Sausage: Ahhh…
Toshio: No, I’m afraid not.
INKFETISH: Not anymore…?
Toshio: Not now. At that time, yeah.
David Sausage: Erm… Okay…
Toshio: Actually, it seems like manga is booming. It’s not. In those days it was A-OK but now,,, WOW! You know so many of my acquaintances quit and went back to their hometown to become farmers, or security guards and traffic directors. Many manga artists are disappointed with the situation right now you know.
David Sausage: How would you like to see that change? What’s the problem?
Toshio: It’s a little complicated. You speak to distributers about the books and they’ve changed their system. You know it’s hard to explain but in the beginning when the small publishers printed you know 20,000 copies, the distributor give you money for that.
David Sausage: As an advance right?
Toshio: Yup, but now it’s pay for what you sell. So yknow in the beginning the publisher print a lot because you know,,, they need the money,,, so you get the unsold book back they had to give money back to the distributor so they made more and more and more each month. Vicious circle like that. All of a sudden the distributor changed the system and they couldn’t have money back from the distributor so the system is different now. Plus, nowadays there are the copies, a lot.
David Sausage: Youre taking about the Internet and piracy?
Toshio: Yeah they are carrying the manga illegally you know and uploading to the website and you read. Plus, there’s a shop called BOOK OFF
David Sausage: My favourite shop!
INKFETISH: I’ve never heard about it…
Toshio: You know, once you sell the book and another reader could buy it, and after they read it, they can sell it
INKFETISH: it’s like that place I visited earlier… Ah what’s the name nak… The one that you mentioned the other day.. Naka.. Sun
David Sausage: in Nakano Broadway? Mandarake?
INKFETISH: that place,, the whole three floors,,,
David Sausage: INKFETISH what he’s talking about is BOOK OFF which is like this massive chain and you can find all over Japan. You take in a box of your old used books and novels and trade them all in.
Toshio: You know now we are in the middle of a phase between the printed and the digital. But you know, this kind of manga not so many people could read so we are stuck in the middle of nowhere… behind the 8 ball you know. Yeah! Like that, where we should go? With just manga and some artists are just so old to change their habit or learn a new style, to learn the new technology. I’m one of them. I’ve really struggled hard to adjust to the new style but I can’t… This new kind of culture.
David Sausage: I don’t think you missing anything too important.
INKFETISH: He is on twitter though.
David Sausage: I guess that kind of improves some things. This is how I met you and INKFETISH today for the first time. I’ve heard people complaining about how things were simpler and easier before the Internet but it means people get connected a lot more and you meet lots of interesting people like you guys. So, it’s got it’s good side.
Toshio: Yeah but you know, I don’t believe in Cyberspace. We should meet face to face, in the end, otherwise we can’t build the trust circle don’t you think?
David Sausage: Yeah absolutely
Toshio: Because you know you can’t see the face,,, I mean if course we can see the face the face on the screen but I mean the real face
David Sausage: Yes, face to face.
Toshio: Yeah that’s always needed.