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MASSIVE GOODS is a fashion brand, publisher, and creative agency representing queer and feminist artists from Japan. MASSIVE’s mission is to spread iconoclastic artwork addressing gender and sexuality to new audiences and new forms, from museum walls to bodies everywhere.

Founded in 2013 by writer/producer Anne Ishii and filmmaker Graham Kolbeins, MASSIVE began by making T-shirts with legendary gay manga master Gengoroh Tagame to coincide with the release of the artist’s first English-language book, The Passion of Gengoroh Tagame, published by PictureBox. Co-edited by Ishii, Kolbeins, and graphic design great Chip Kidd, The Passion highlights Tagame’s expert draftsmanship and elaborate BDSM-themed erotic fantasies through a selection of short stories and excerpts spanning his career. Gengoroh Tagame made his first North American appearances in support of the book at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival and The Standard hotel in New York, where MASSIVE debuted their first T-shirt, “Rope Bound,” featuring artwork from Tagame’s 900-page historical epic, The Silver Flower (Shirogane no Hana).

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What began as a merchandising project soon expanded into a full fashion and lifestyle brand. MASSIVE teamed up with the beloved gay Japanese artist Jiraiya to produce vibrant beach towels and sweatshirts emblazoned with his larger-than-life hypermasculine pin-ups. Jiraiya’s “Best Couple,” an instantly iconic original illustration, depicts the artist’s ideal pair of incredibly muscular gachimuchi (muscle-chubby) hunks. “In my opinion, they’re a perfect couple,” explains Jiraiya. “But if they fight, their house will be partially destroyed.” The sweatshirt caused a stir on social media and caught the attention of global fashion retailer Opening Ceremony, which resulted in a collaboration line called MASSIVE for Opening Ceremony.

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MASSIVE for Opening Ceremony’s summer 2014 capsule collection featured artwork from Jiraiya’s archive of work for G.G. Group (a gachimuchi male escort agency in Japan) on shirts, shorts, towels, and a sex toy by Tenga. The OCxMASSIVE collection garnered critical acclaim from outlets including Out and The New York Times, and a second collection was released the following summer. MASSIVE has since developed collaborations with streetwear brand Mishka NYC and chef Danny Bowien’s restaurant Mission Chinese Food.

 
 
Ishii, Kolbeins, and Kidd reunited in late 2014 to produce the omnibus Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It, published by Fantagraphics. The editorial team’s Eisner-nominated anthology presents an overview of the genre including portraits, interviews, and translated work from nine contemporary gay manga artists. Jiraiya and Tagame’s artwork are featured on the covers and the book introduced into English the work of renowned artists including Seizoh Ebisubashi, Takeshi Matsu, Kumada Poohsuke, and Inu Yoshi.

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MASSIVE also publishes limited edition fine art prints and original manga including Jiraiya’s prehistoric romp Caveman Guu and Gengoroh Tagame’s Cretian Cow, a sci-fi tale based on Greek mythology. A series of extra-large giclee prints of four famous Jiraiya illustrations were made for his first U.S. tour in spring 2015, which saw the artist make appearances in front of packed crowds at bookstores, museums, universities and cultural institutions including ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, The Tom of Finland Foundation, The Cartoon Art Museum, and Printed Matter.

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MASSIVE continues to work with gay male manga artists while expanding the brand’s focus to include artists from across the spectrum of gender and sexuality. In spring 2016, Koyama Press will release the MASSIVE-produced English translation of What Is Obscenity?, a manga memoir detailing Tokyo-based artist Rokudenashiko’s obscenity arrest stemming from a 3D data file of her own vagina, which she infamously used to create the world’s first pussy kayak.

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