Check out OC’s interview with Anne Ishii about the origin of each piece in the series of prints: “The Stories Behind Jiraiya’s Sexiest Beefcake Prints.”
The face of this kendo master was inspired by the look of ‘evil Japanese military’ in American movies. He has the face of a classic villain. The name on his pants, Araki, is a sort of easter egg. It’s the name of the area the old offices of G-Men [Magazine, which Jiraiya has illustrated] used to be in.
The huge 24x36″ giclée prints are signed and dated editions of 20, printed on archival quality sunset cotton etching paper. Only a few of those remain and we have no plans to print another edition, so get them while you can!
OC also has the last few remaining units of MASSIVE’s tour tank top. They’ll probably run out fast, but don’t fret: the tank will be returning soon in a slightly different from. It’s part of a suite of shirts we’re working on with Jiraiya, Gengoroh Tagame, and Seizoh Ebisubashi. More info to come!