Monday, October 11, 2010
Popeye Magazine Photoshoot
When I was in Tokyo this summer, I had a really fun and random opportunity. If any of you are familiar with Japanese fashion magazines, you may know "Men's Non-No" or "Popeye." When I was in Shibuya, I got scouted to be a model by a guy claiming to work an assistant connected to both companies.
Normally, I wouldn't have been in Japan long enough in order to see if I could stay and do the modeling, but this summer, I ended up getting to stay an extra two weeks.
As I told my host family, they thought it may have been kind of shady, so they called. Next thing I knew, I woke up to catch the early train to Shibuya station, and met at the Hachiko statue. It was weird because there was hardly anybody there compared to the night crowd.
Before I knew it, I was in a van full of Europeans. The 4 other guys had also been scouted, and Magda, the girl from Poland was the only professional model. We made our way to Chiba, and took photos there.
The photoshoot ended up being in Popeye Magazine. It was for BEAMS. It was a really fun day and a great shoot, and I had never done anything like that before. I am the guy with the crazy hair in the front with the huge gray and blue sweater. I was the only native English speaker, everybody else spoke French, Polish, or German.
I know this isn't really related to my illustrations necessarily, but for those of you interested in Japanese fashion (which I know a lot of my readers are), I thought you may find this interesting! I hope you enjoy the pics...It would be amazing is And you can pick up this issue in Japan or online at www.amazon.co.jp if I could somehow incorporate my illustrations into a magazine like this, that would be a dream come true.
You can get your copy at any major book store in Japan, or order online at www.amazon.co.jp