TFR is over. But check out TFR's owner new project for this year
Willa 2010

WILLA is the new thematic party run by Gallermic, the creator of TFR and Narziß, two regular events that grew into an unparalleled mediatic tour de force inside of the world of fashion and art, due to an exuberant visual and intellectual attack against mainstream culture in the Japanese society and in the globalized world. Taking into account this background, Willa is the ultimate sophisticated scenario to present Gallermic’s authentic reflections about life, the world, the human being, the good and the evil, the culture, the art scene, and most of all an excuse to show Galle’s exuberant ability to love. The objective of the party is to generate love and communication through a universal symbolism that reaches everybody’s heart. As Galle declares: “Willa is a party for the good flowers”.

日本語\\\\WILLA は、ファッションとアートの世界に偉大な功績を残した二つのパーティー、TFRとNarzißの創設者、Gallermicによる新しいパーティーである。日本社会とグローバライズ化された世界の主流のカルチャーに対する、圧倒的な視覚体験と知性による反撃を意図して開催されて来た。こうした背景を鑑み、WILLAは、Gallermicにとっての日常、世界、人類、善と悪、カルチャー、アートシーン、そしてとりわけGalleの愛についての表象を、究極に洗練された物語として送り届ける。このパーティーの目的は、すべての人々の心に届く普遍的な象徴を通して、愛とコミュニケーションを慈しみ、育むことにある。Galleの言葉を借りれば、「WILLAは善き花々へのパーティーである」。

Ciao For Now. And Deep Throat To You All!
↓↓↓Narziß Final 12/12↓↓↓
12/12 Next Narziß is The Last Narziß 12/12
↓↓↓Ciao For Now. And Deep Throat To You All!↓↓↓

~> Dec 12 (fri) 10P Narziß Celebrating *Ciao For Now. And Deep Throat to You All!* at Trump Room, Shibuya.

Next Narziß is the last Narziß, our last party: an erotic fantastic farewell. We are saying bye-bye after 21 parties: it's like the magical 7 x 3, the number of the perfection by excellence and of the individuality according to the numerology. For us is inhuman and perfect: like a triangle. For how extraordinary have We been all this time, after all... It’s arousing: Ciao for now. And deep throat to you all!

P.s. We don't want to be uncouth (but we want to be called uncouth), BUT this is the last party, the last photos, and the last chance to represent your groovy self... and there is NO turning back!

↓↓↓Narziß 11.29↓↓↓

A socialite preview from last Narziß celebrating "Dame With Eggs". Among the guests were French writer Isabelle Nobouta, Yoshiko Kris-Webb and Martin Webb, performer Lauren Levitt as Cotton Bale, Trippple Nippples' Qrea, photographer Zoren Gold (MiZo), Dolomites' Stefanko Balkano, musician Allon Beausoleil, Niche's Jesus Salinas. Music selected by Qrea, allon, Stefanko and TFR. All the photos soon on
↓↓↓Narziß 11.21↓↓↓

A socialite preview from last Narziß celebrating "Netochka Nezvanova And The Master Of None". Among the guests were writer Ryosuke Handa, legendary drag queen Vivienne Sato, Swedish designer Patrik Soderstam, Trippple Nippples' Qrea, New York's performer Kyoko, Uburoi's designer Mitsue Iwata, Gallery Naruyama's Jason, Niche's Jesus Salinas, Gimme Um's Pierre and NarziB's image Sono. Music selected by Mc Carrabeener, Jesus and TFR. All the photos soon on
↓↓↓Narziß 11.8↓↓↓

A socialite preview from last Narziß celebrating "The Innuendo Of La Maja Desnuda" and the host Gallermic's birthday. Among the guests were Martin Webb & Yohiko Kris-Webb, musician Allon Beausoleil, legendary drag queen Vivienne Sato, photographer duo Minori & Zoren (MiZo), Trippple Nippples' Qrea, New York's performer Kyoko, M-Flo's singer Verbal, Chanel Japan's Nicolas Lefeuvre, Uburoi's designer Mitsue Iwata, curators Kiku Kudo & Ishiguro, Gallery Naruyama's Jason, French writer Isabelle Nobouta, Gimme Um's Pierre, Dazed&Confused's Sakiko, Vogue Hommes' Emi, Sister's Fuyuri, Rereremojojo, Shima's Sachiko and NarziB's image Sono. Music selected by Mademoiselle Yulia, Zoren, Cooldisco'1drink' and TFR. All the photos soon on
More details and the complete party report on (Or scroll down...)

Interview in Enlgish:
DAZED: Could you tell me about the party that you are organizing right now? (The name of the party / When did you start having it? / How often are you having it? Etc… Give me the details!)
TFR: The name of the party is NarziB. Basically, NarziB is held every other week at Tokyo's most stylish spaces. We started the party from March 8th 2008.

DAZED: After establishing the party "TFR", you started having another party called "NarziB", what are the conceptual differences between those two? Also, what are the unite concepts?
TFR: TFR is a web magazine critiquing fashion, art and club culture in Tokyo. What differentiates TFR from other media is that we clarify our position and criteria on the issues we cover. The party we organized under the name of TFR was supposed to be the manifestation of our opinion. Therefore, we attempted to represent it through our fashion, the title of each party, flyer and everything. Basically, the concept of TFR parties were rather political and aggressive (ex. anti-globalization). We believe that TFR is something like a visual guerrilla trying to attack the mainstream culture. On the other hand, NarziB is a side project of TFR. Compared with TFR, NarziB doesn't necessarily intend to represent an opinion. It is merely for fun and networking. To us, there seemed like in Tokyo the so-called "community" is virtually non-existent. We want NarziB to be a cultural community for beautiful and individual people. We don't play loud music in NarziB. We want our guests to talk and know each other. NarziB is not fashion-oriented. A wide variety of people with different background are welcomed. As a matter of fact, our guests range from cultural figures like a film actor and an art curator to bohemian homeless. At the same time, NarziB is devoted to beauty. We have dress code for each party and the poor-dressed will not be admitted.

DAZED: Who writes the manifest for the parties?
TFR: Gallermic Mabuse

DAZED: How do you select DJs? Do you have a guideline for it?
TFR: We think there is a ridiculous overvaluation of the DJ nowadays. Specially in Tokyo, the Dj culture has reach the limit of idolatry, to become a Dj is the last burst of the ambition of the club kids. But why? It is like for Japanese there wouldnt be other way to be a star. And we consider that Dj ambition a misery of personality, lack of talent, and the worst tragedy of the parties along with Rave. Therefore, We are not music oriented. We want our visitors to get excited by interaction with beautiful people, to create community, icons and gossips. We rather select our guest Dj's by their cultural background and their beauty, and we called them the oldfashioned way: "selectors". Sometimes we dont even know who is gonna dj next party, we just improvised. Nevertheless, our music selection is rich. A wide range of classical, jazz, gypsy, global grooves, house, auld lang syne and cinephiliac music.

DAZED:What was the start of taking party snaps?
TFR: Just recording our memories.

DAZED: What/which kind of moment would you like to capture when you take photos?
TFR: Whenever as long as the subject is beautiful.

DAZED: What do you think about Tokyo party scene? How do you like to be placed in?
TFR: We don't really know what kind of parties are going on in Tokyo. We don't want to take ourselves within the context of Tokyo or anywhere on the earth. We prefer being regarded as a metaphysical concept without being restricted by biased idea, the name of a city or a country would possibly give.

DAZED: Could you tell me about the fashion style of the TFR guests? Do you have a special dress code?
TFR: Dress code = Individuality. Nothing is more important.

DAZED: Tell me about the concept of the exhibition you had this year, "POST NO FUTURE" at hiromiyoshii gallery.
TFR: Fashion is hentai. We can not help the association between something as superficial and hedonistic as fashion and the mere sexual pleasure full stop. Therefore, for us, a fashion personae who is not a hentai, it is an impostor, a traitor, an alienated puritan in disguise following trends who might just finish his days without a notion of personal style nor fashion itself. Fashion can be zoophiliac, necrophiliac, paediophiliac, dendrophiliac...all the paraphilias. And this can sound as obscene as fascinating, but most of all we are just trying to give an idea of the precariety of fashion these days. We spread fashion in all senses, and are here only to encourage creativity in personal hentalism.

DAZED: Do you have any plans to start up a new project?
TFR: Travel report by TFR's half Naokoula who is in a world round trip right now. And UBUROI, a fashion label for people who likes concepts like NarziB.

Thanks Dazed&Confused

↓↓↓TFR On The World-Round Trip↓↓↓
TFR's half Naokoula is in the middle of the world-round trip. She started writing about her experience on TFR...

english\\\\What is recorded here is not necessarily our experience. It can be an absolute fiction all made up in our head, or as a matter of possibility, something we MIGHT have experienced, or perhaps something we DID experience but in some other place or time. We have two kinds of journeys at the same time: the outward and inward. Our outward journey is governed by the clock and the budget, but inward one ignores the boundaries of place and time. The journey is not linear.It is always back and forth. And it is what we want to record, leaving us free from the time and the physical distance. Here, we deny the calender. We deny the map... (To read more, scroll down)

japanese\\\\ここに書かれていることは、私たちが実際に体験した出来事かもしれないし、もしかしたらすべて私たちの頭の中だけで作り上げられた完全なフィクションかもしれない。もしくは、可能性の問題で、体験しなかったけれども、体験した「かも」しれない出来事、また、私たちが体験したことだけれど、どこか違う場所で違う時間に体験した出来事かもしれない。私たちは、同時に2種類の旅をしている。身体的な旅が1つ。もう一つは精神的な旅。そしてその旅は、直線じゃない。そういう形の旅は、いつも行ったり来たりを繰り返す。そんな時間軸や物理的な距離に捉われない旅を私たちは記録したいと思っている。私たちは、カレンダーを否定する。私たちは、地図を否定する... (To read more, scroll down)

español\\\\Lo que grabamos aqui no es necesariamente nuestra experiencia. Puede ser una ficcion absoluta completamente inventada en nuestra cabeza, o una cuestion de posibilidad, algo que PUDO habernos pasado, o tal vez algo que SI experimentamos pero en algun otro tiempo o espacio. Nosotros tenemos dos tipos de viaje al mismo tiempo: exterior e interior. Nuestro viaje exterior esta gobernado por el reloj y el presupuesto, pero el interior ignora los limites del tiempo y el lugar. El viaje no es lineal. Es siempre de ida y vuelta. Y es lo que queremos grabar, dejandonos libres del tiempo y de la distancia fisica. Aqi, nosotros negamos el calendario. Nosotros negamos el mapa... (To read more, scroll down)

↓↓↓TFR In V Magazine ↓↓↓
This is how New York's famous V Magazine presents TFR in V53 index ~> "Underworld: If there’s any way Tokyo club kids could get any crazier, send us picture evidence". To top it all off, TFR is featured along with Isablle Adjani, Hunter S. Thompson et Dennis Hopper..FEAR AND LOATHING!!! Now on sale in Tokyo at Tower Records, Aoyama Book Center et Tutaya Roopongi Hills.

Thanks V

english\\\\ Apart from the off-upon sadomasochistic clothing, what else has been done in order to represent the fetishism of human beings or, going beyond, the universe of sexual deviations? [CHECK OUT OUR EXHIBITION ABOUT PARAPHILIAS, CLIC IMAGE]


español\\\\ Además de la ultra mañoseada vestimenta sadomasoquista, ¿qué más se ha hecho en aras de representar el fetichismo de los seres humanos o, yendo más allá, el universo de las desviaciones sexuales? [CHEKEA NUESTRA EXHIBICION SOBRE PARAFILIAS, HAZ CLIC EN LA IMAGEN]


english\\\\JAPANESE DON'T USE THEIR FREEDOM. It's not that we believe that a perfect place exists on the Earth. But if there is something close to it, it is the subculture -the space where we can find that and those who we are looking for-, or specifically that type of independent, free, countercultural, philosophic and bold community. Lamentably, it is in this sense of subculture /community where we bump into the weakest and most demoralizing point of Japanese society. [TO READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE ABOUT THE JAPANESE SOCIOCULTURAL REALITY, CLIC IMAGE BELLOW]

español\\\\LOS JAPONESES NO USAN SU LIBERTAD. No es que creamos que exista un lugar perfecto sobre la Tierra. Pero si hay algo cercano a eso es la subcultura -el espacio donde podemos encontrar eso y a esos a quienes estamos buscando-, o específicamente aquel tipo de comunidad independiente, libre, contracultural, filosófica y atrevida. Lamentablemente, es en este sentido de subcultura/comunidad donde nos topamos con el punto más débil y desmoralizador de la sociedad japonesa. [PARA LEER TODO EL ARTICULO SOBRE LA REALIDAD SOCIOCULTURAL JAPONESA, HAZ CLIC EN LA IMAGEN]

↓↓↓TFR IN NYC↓↓↓
Feat. The NYC Personalities Of the Moment [clic image]
My Photo
Location: Tokyo, Japan

we are a space of FREEDOM, FRESHNESS and ESCAPISM. from this perspective, we are one of the very FEW ORIGINAL MEDIA -and definitely the one that has the MOST TENACIOUS and CRITICAL OPINION- related to the 'WORLD OF FASHION'. yes, world we belong to, but also world we find abhorrent because it's representing the most visible side of the pseudo-well-being [CONSUMERISM], that behind glamourous SMOKE SCREENS [generally starred by 'MODELS' and 'POP STARS'], and making use of the so-called 'TRENDS', spreads the most recalcitrant STEREOTYPES of CAPITALISM and its just-apparent GLOBALIZATION... at THEFASHIONRAMONE [a.k.a TFR] you will find, then, the best alternative in fashion design and counterculture!!!!!


Sunday, February 26, 2006

Prada Marfa

Images © Elmgreen & Dragset. Art Production Fund and Ballroom Marfa . Photo taken by James Evans

Fashion + Consumerism + Globalisation = Art? After Kate & Pete, Prada Marfa is the new postmodern skandal worthy of your banal attention...
While watching the photo, perhaps the reader thinks that suddenly, the fashion bussiness converted into surrealistic and chimaeric, and to open braches in the Texan desert is the new epiphany of vanity de luxe... No way! It seems that it turns out too much excentric even for richs. But then, what is Prada doing in the middle of nowhere??? In fact, even counting on Miuccia herself-s aprovement and with the accesories for the currently winter colection, the store is where it-s meant to be and does what it-s meant to do: MOCKING.
It-s a truth universally acknowledged: Prada Marfa is not a store nor it will never open. Prada Marfa is an instalation-sculpture made by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, two Scandinavian-born Berlin-based avant garde artists with fame of bad boys who go fucking around the sistem ingeniously (although with a kind of blockbuster financing).
In this particular case, they shoot us with some question: what happens when you take things out of its natural element? Or what is the truely sublime : the landscape or the consumption? And no matter what, if you could would you be willing to buy and adquire this icon of globalisation?
In essence, Prada Marfa is an ironic synnestesia between art and fashion that formulates a disparate displacement of the elements to question the authenticity of our consumer contemporary culture.
Unexpectedly, Prada Marfa is critic and autocriticized: it mocks us as consumers subjected to the effects of globalisation, and at the same time, it laughs at itself as a representative and glamourous agent of it.
But that-s not all: searching for trascendence in the roots of this banality, we can tell that Prada Marfa is a cliché in the middle of 'nothing', that 'nothing' that probably is the only real and true, but falls terrifyingly far from our common sense.
...We must acknowledge that Miuccia, in addittion to her intelligence, has sense of humor and courage to take on the rebellious project of the scandinavians.

Skandalous Postscript!!!! As this was not enough, two days after Prada Marfa opened, it was broken into, the crystals were smashed, the shoes and bags were stolen and suggestive words were spray painted. It-s been sinisterly suggested that those responsible were the leaders of the neighbour Chinati Foundation, the famous 'mecca of minilamism' before known as Marfa. Their motive for such actions...PURE ENVY!!!
(田中)Gallermic Tanaka*
Special thanks to Aric Chen & Sarah Potplant
Prada Marfa\\\\Spanish
Images © Elmgreen & Dragset. Art Production Fund and Ballroom Marfa. Photo taken by Lizette Kabre
¿Moda + Consumismo + Globalización = Arte? Después de Kate & Pete, Prada Marfa es el nuevo escándalo posmoderno digno de tu banal atención...
Al mirar la foto, tal vez el lector piense que de repente el negocio de la moda se convirtiO surrealista y quimErico, y abrir sucursales en el desierto de Texas es la nueva epifanIa de la vanidad de luxe... No, quE va! Al parecer, hasta para los ricos esto resulta demasiado excEntrico. Pero entonces ¿¿¿qué hace Prada en el medio de la nada??? De hecho, aun contando con la aprobación de la misma Miuccia y con los accesorios de la colección para el invierno vigente, la tienda está donde debe de estar y hace lo que debe de hacer: BURLARSE.
Lo dicho: Prada Marfa no es una tienda, ni siquiera abrirá un sólo día del año. Prada Marfa es una escultura-instalación hecha por Michael Elmgreen e Ingar Dragset, dos artistas escandinavos autoexiliados en Berlín con fama de pillos que andan mofándose del sistema ingeniosamente (aunque con financiamiento tipo blockbuster).
En este caso particular, nos acribillan con algunas preguntas: ¿qué pasa cuando tomas cosas y las pones fuera de su elemento natural? ¿O qué es lo verdaderamente atractivo: el paisaje o el consumismo? ¿Y aun y con todo, de poderse no te darían ganas de comprar y aquirir este ícono de la globalización?
En esencia, Prada Marfa es una irónica sinestesia entre arte y moda que formula un disparatado desplazamiento de los elementos para cuestionar la autenticidad de nuestra cultura consumista contemporánea.
Inesperadamente, Prada Marfa es crítica y autocriticada: se burla de nosotros como consumidores sometidos a los efectos de la globalización, y a la vez, se rIe de sí misma como agente abanderado y glamouroso de la misma.
Pero eso no es todo: buscándo alguna trascendencia en el todo de esta banalidad, se descubre que Prada Marfa es un clisé en el medio de la 'nada', aquella 'nada' que posiblemente sea lo único real y verdadero, pero que queda perturbadoramente lejana a nuestro sentido común.
...Hay que reconocer que Miuccia, además de juiciosa, tiene sentido del humor y coraje para haber aprobado el proyecto rebelde de los escandinavos.

Posdata Escandalosa!!!!! Como si esto no fuera suficiente, a los dos días de haber inaugurado Prada Marfa, la asaltaron, le qebraron los cristales y la puerta, se llevaron todos los zapatos y los bolsos y le hicieron pintas sugerentes, trayendo con esto diversas hipótesis sobre los malhechores. La más siniestra de todas apunta a los cabecillas de la vecina Fundación Chinati, la famosa 'mecca del minimalismo' antes conocida como Marfa. La razOn para tal actos...PURA ENVIDIA!!!

(田中)Gallermic Tanaka*
Agradecimiento especial para Aric Chen & Sarah Potplant

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Remix 1

She holds one of the most stunning books, she opens ultraexpensive fashion shows, she already was in the I-D and now she appears in the british POP magazine in one of the most exhilarating covers of the last times: on technicolour back, with theatrical make-up and a lovely Prada-s visor. Jessica Stam lives the best moments of an as worhty as efimerous career like modeling. By now, with faces like Jessica-s, everything is absolutely perfect...
Spanish\\\\Ostenta uno de los books más impresionantes, abre desfiles ultracarísimos, ya estuvo en la I-D y esta vez aparece en la británica revista POP en una de las portadas más hilarantes de los últimos tiempos: sobre fondo technicolor, con maquillaje histriónico y una entrañable visera de Prada. Jessica Stam atraviesa los mejores momentos de una carrera tan digna y efímera como el modelaje. Por ahora, con rostros como los de Jessica, todo va absolutamente perfecto...

Plug Awards
Earning more prestige and coverage, the 'indiefferent' Plug Awards for independent music was held in New York some days ago. The jury is conformed by artists, melomaniacs, bloggers and fans...everything indie. Its history begins in 2001: a group of *anticonformist* raged against the hegemonic music industry in the middle of hypermedia and postmodern times. Check out the list of nominees and winners because it seems there will be many of those whom you might like.
Spanish\\\\Ganando más prestigio y cobertura, en New York se llevó a cabo hace algunos días los Plug Awards, la *indieferente* entrega de premios a la música independiente. El jurado está conformado por artistas, melómanos, bloggers, todo pero indie. Su historia se remonta al 2001, a un grupo de *anticonformistas* en contra de la industria musical hegemónica en medio de tiempos hypermediáticos y posmodernos. Revisen la lista de nominados y de ganadores porque al parecer están muchos de los que te podrían gustar.

Faline, the überecletic and tokyoite fashion store celebrated its second anniversary @ La Fabrique - Shibuya, the last thursday. New Yorker Duke was there djing electro-rock and it-s vox populi that Mary, the photographable owner and most famous fashion critic from Japan, was hunging around ultrafresh betwen her numerous fans, the just denominated Tokyo New Generation, say the most fashion and the most avant garde ones. Congratulations!
Spanish\\\\La überecléctica y tokyota tienda de moda Faline celebró su segundo aniversario en La Fabrique - Shibuya el pasado jueves. Tuvieron al newyorker Duke pinchándoles electro-rock y dícese que Mary, la fotografiable dueña y crítica de moda más famosa del Japón, anduvo de lo más distendida entre sus numerosos fans, quienes además son la ya denominada Tokyo New Generation, o sea de lo más fashion y de los más vanguardistas. Enhorabuena!

Anna Reloaded
This fashion Misses is around more than 30 years wearing just as God commands the heretic ones: on their fuck*n way! And fortunately, nowadays everybody wants to respect, to show and to celebrate this sort of behaviour. Those who can, go to see her fashionology made by Roxanne Lowit @ the V&A in London. There is a lot of material if we have in mind that the fuck*n Anna Piaggi changes costume 5 or 6 times in one day. We wonder how she was dressed in the vernissage...
Spanish\\\\Esta señora fashion anda por más de 30 años vistiendo como Dios manda a los heréticos: como se le da la reverenda gana! Y afortunadamente, ahora eso se respeta, se muestra y se celebra a lo grande. Los que puedan, vayan a ver su fashionología hecha por Roxanne Lowit en el V&A de Londres. Hay harto material si tomamos en cuenta que la condenada cambia de atuendos 5 o 6 veces por día. Nos preguntamos cómo habrá ido vestida a su vernissage...

Fresh Fruits
Fruits, the Japanese streetfashion cult magazine, brought to life several months ago what we could expect: Fresh Fruits, the book of the most 'ficticious' real characters of the world ( and in their most idiosyncratic and prodigious style manifestations). Just watch: they make it better! OSHAAAA!
Spanish\\\\Fruits, la revista de street fashion japonesa de culto, hace algunos meses que dió a luz lo que se podía esperar: Fresh Fruits, el libro de los personajes reales 'más ficticios' del mundo (y en sus más idiosincráticas y prodigiosas manifestaciones de estilo). Compruébalo tú mismo: nadie les gana! OSHAAAA!

This friday you dont want to miss Deerhoof and the Afrirampo @ Loft in Shinjuku. Perhaps you-ll be at the first raw in front of the Vivians @ Unit in Daikanyama. And after you will definetely be electroshocking @ Linda in the rad Shibuya-s Chelsea Hotel. It has nothing to do with the providence... it-s simply Tokyo.
Spanish\\\\Este viernes no te querrás perder a Deerhoof y a las Afrirampo @ Loft en Shinjuku. Tal vez estés en la primera fila frente a los Vivians @ Unit en Daikanyama. Y después definitivamente estarás electroshockeando @ Linda en el *rad* Chelsea Hotel de Shibuya. No tiene nada que ver con la providencia... es simplemente Tokyo.
(田中) Gallermic Tanaka*

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Tokyo Bopper

The Tokyo Bopper might be the newest japanese mistery of postmodernity: they are avant garde but they don't have a website, their designs are superb but no designer has been revealed, and so far they've just been celebrated in the 100% Tokyoite magazines that live and resurrect in the übereclectic Harajuku... Perhaps, this is the first western comment ever made toward this (we don-t care, though we should be aware that we have been already hypnotized!)
The first time TheFashionRamone got into the überindispensable shoe store TokyoBopper was quiet long ago, in a shopping day during the summer 2005. We didn-t know exactly where we were entering. The venue shined in its white ascetism and its geometric functional disposition. Then, the colection was conformed by shining, minimal and futuristic shoewear, regularsized and also oversized, in a palette of colours reduced to the black, white, red and silver. Seeing all this, obviously we were in one of the main avant garde fashion factories of Harajuku.
Since then, many months have gone by. Like a nice casuality that makes us meet the people we have to meet, we met at one underground party the last december, and from there on the rest is history... Those who have been following the articles of TheFashionRamone, you-ll remember that in the feature called Tokyo Underground Parties we talked about Hells Yeah!!!, the fantasmagoric event organized by a colussion between Vanity and Tokyo Bopper. Right there, at the cinematographic dressing room, we took a picture of them with their best party outfits. And eventually, of course, the relationship have become fluent, progresist and audiovisual as well. Done with this, let-s go for the news...
The Tokyo Boppers called us to take a look to the new summer colection for girls. The avant garde line continues its way, but now is more obvius the fascinating crush between the minimal and the oversized. There are platforms, added motifs and giant laces, but the messure of the monochrome and the tranquility of geometric surfaces are here as well. This time, also, the shoes are scrupulously kinetic, with a new aerodinamic silhouette...
As the new message printed on every insole of their two footwear brands (Belly Bottom and Unbilical), it-s noticeable that the Tokyo Boppers are in a research for destroying time, or for the idealized ambit of eternity.

(田中)Gallermic Tanaka
Tokyo Bopper \\\\ Spanish
Los Tokyo Bopper podrían ser el último misterio japonés de la posmodernidad: son vanguardistas pero no tienen website, sus diseños son exquisitos mas ningún diseñador ha sido revelado, y hasta el momento únicamente se los festeja en las revistas 100% tokyotas que viven y resucitan en la überecléctica Harajuku... Acaso, oficialmente, este sea el primer comentario occidental al respecto (no nos importa pero igual vale advertir que desde ya estamos hipnotizados!)
La primera vez que TheFashionRamone entró a la überindispensable tienda de zapatos Tokyo Bopper fue hace ya buen tiempo, en una salida de compras durante el verano del 2005, sin saber exactamente adonde nos metíamos. El local resplandecía por su ascetismo blanco y su disposición geométrica funcional. La colección de entonces estaba conformada por calzado rutilante -mínimal y futurista-, a la medida y también oversized, en una paleta de colores reducida al blanco, negro, rojo y plateado. Viéndolo todo en su conjunto, a claras luces estábamos en una de las principales factories de la moda avant garde en Harajuku...
Varios meses han pasado desde entonces. Esa grata casualidad que hace que nos encontremos con los que nos debemos encontrar hizo lo suyo en una fiesta underground el pasado mes de diciembre, y desde ahí el resto es historia... Para los que siguieron las entregas de TheFashionRamone, recoradarán que en el artículo Tokyo Underground Parties hablamos de Hells Yeah!!!, el fantasmagórico evento organizado por una colusión entre Vanity y Tokyo Bopper. Ahí, en el cinematográfico camerino, les sacamos una foto con sus fascinantes galas fiesteras... Y eventualmente, claro, la interacción ha devenido fluida, progresista y además audiovisual. Así las cosas, ahora demos paso a la novedad...
Los Tokyo Bopper nos llamaron para echarle un ojo a la nueva colección de verano para las chicas. Como era de esperarse, la línea vanguardista sigue su curso, pero ahora es más patente el fascinante contrapunto entre lo minimal y el oversized. Hay plataformas, motivos adheridos y lazos gigantes, pero también está la mesura de lo monócromo y la serenidad de las superficies geométricas. Esta vez, además, los zapatos se presentan escrupulosamente kinéticos, con una silueta aerodinámica recién adqirida...
Como el nuevo mensaje impreso en todas las plantillas de sus dos firmas de calzado (Belly Bottom y Unbilical), se advierte en los Tokyo Boppers la búsqueda de la absolución del tiempo, o el idealizado ámbito de la eternidad.

(田中)Gallermic Tanaka

Saturday, February 11, 2006

In-Famous @ Tokyo

Lots of bands are coming to Tokyo this month, some of them know perfectly about the most unmissable fêtes and can just not resist the temptation of being a Neotokyoite shindig habitué... Next: Datarock from the so rock and roll Hard To Explain @ JZ Brat - Shibuya
Spanish: Muchas bandas están de gira por Tokyo este mes, algunas de ellas conocen perfectamente las fiestas más imperdibles y simplemente no se resisten a ser los habitués neotokiotas fiesteros...
Al lado Datarock desde la tan rock and roll Hard To Explain @ Jz Brat - Shibuya
Photos & Text by  (田中)Gallermic Tanaka*

They showed up around 2 a.m wearing sport hoody outfits. As they say in their website, their gig was an epiphany of lo fi-pop, disco, hardcore and rock'. And there were the 3 of them again as in their beginnings... it was so Hard To Explain!!!
...Who-s this boy! Hells yeah!!! It-s Franz Ferdinand-s Alex Kapranos @ Vanity - La Fabrique... last nite! The band was the big guest surprise of the night, congregating hundreds of fans. They started djing Panico-s Tranpira-lo!
...Besides beeing a great producer and having one of the most respectful discorock bands and record labels (LCD Soundsystem - DFA), James Murphy speaks a bit of Japanese... and looks so
sweet! From Vanity.
...Franz Ferdinand-s guitar Nick McCarthy is really charming and it shows... can you tell??? @ Vanity, also as Dj, he achieved what Franz Ferdinand is meant to do... getting the girls legs out!
...Do you recognize her??? She is The Subways- Rock N Roll Queen Charlotte Cooper, as cute as real signing autographs @ Vanity, last nite... Oh yeah, Oh yeah!!!

Friday, February 03, 2006

London Heretic Links

Surf 2 archetypal websites from the musical, designed, hypermedia and heretic London!!!
(Versión En Español Abajo)

KCTV is the project of a prestigious make up artist and a many-sided multimedia designer (former professional Club Kid from the 90's in New York). They both tell us 'come as you are and as whatever you want to be,' combining geometric splendour with extravagance and interactivity. In fact, what they put on the table is a fashion far from the oversophisticated, monotonous and truncating conventions. And obviously, as every nowaday avant garde fashion project, the style is meant to be an epiphany of a global concept that involves mixed and interdependent arts. Made in London, KCTV has got hypermedia contributors in the main capitals of the world. Tokyo joins them through TheFashionRamone.

LADYPAT, born on a dull Scottish island, runs straight away to get drugged and have gay sex, and when he gets bored of all that jazz, he decides to stay in London. One night he goes dressed as an old man to Nag Nag Nag and he likes it so very much that he decides to create them a website and some pop art videos... Thus begins the story of this icon of postmodernity and the London underground scene. In his websites and videoclips you penetrate, or you are peneterated vertiginously into a universe of noise, destruction, pop and whatever you find fantastic and irreversible. Resident Veejay of The Cock has perfomed live visuals for Scissor Sisters, Miss Kittin, The Hacker, Mu, and the Glastonbury Festival, among many others. Not to miss are the unauthorized video clip of Daft Punk's Robot Rock and that of 'cute' HK 119's Power Cut.

(田中) Gallermic Tanaka


London Heretic Links (Versión En Español)

Enajénate con 2 enlaces arquetípicos del Londres diseñado, musical, hipermediático y herético!!!


KCTV es el proyecto de un reconocido artista del maquillaje y de un polifacético diseñador multimedia, ex club kid profesional del NY de los 90's. Combinando esplendor geométrico con extravagancia e interactividad, nos dicen 'sé tú mismo hasta las últimas consecuencias'. De hecho, su propuesta es una moda alejada de las convenciones sobresofisticadas, chatas y mutilantes que pululan por ahí. Y evidentemente, como todo proyecto fashion de vanguardia, el estilo concebido emerge de un concepto global de artes mixtas e interdependientes. Hecha en Londres, KCTV cuenta con colaboradores hipermedia en las principales capitales del mundo. Tokyo se suma a ellos a través de TheFashionRamone.

LADYPAT nace en una aburrida isla escocesa, sale de ahí disparado para drogarse y tener sexo gay, y cuando se aburre de todo eso decide instalarse en Londres. Una noche va disfrazado de anciano al Nag Nag Nag y le gustó tanto que decide crearle una página web y hacerle unos videos pop... Así de glamourosa comienza la historia de este ícono de la posmodernidad y de la escena underground de Londres. En sus páginas web y videoclips penetras, o eres penetrado directamente a un universo noise, destroy, pop y a lo que sea que se te haga a fantástico e irreversible. Vj residente de The Cock, ha hecho live visuals para Scissor sisters, Miss Kittin, The Hacker, Mu, el Glastonbury Festival, entre muchos otros. Imperdibles el videoclip no autorizado de Robot Rock de Daft Punk y el Power Cut de la 'candorosa' HK 119.

(田中) Gallermic Tanaka