Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Artist Profile: Junko Mizuno

Junko Mizuno is a Japanese manga and lowbrow artist.  She combines cute, playful and childish imagery with blood, gore and terror.  In addition to comics, Mizuno designs original works of art, collectibles, t-shirts, calendars, posters and recently tattoo flash art for Hope Gallery Tattoo's Quick and Painful exhibition.  I got one of her designs, an owl with an apple on it's head, tattooed on my left ankle.
Most of Mizuno's work is in color, unlike the majority of manga.  Her designs are characterized by large eyes, bright colorization, a psychedelic twist and use of feminine themes.  She has produced collectible vinyl figurines, t-shirts, stationary, and plush animals to name just a few of her commercial ventures.

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