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Kustom Japan by Michael McCabe

Like a cultural anthropologist, photographer and writer Michael McCabes explores the outrageous style of the Kustom Kulture movement in Japan (the adaptation and assimilation of a California-style hot-rod culture)documenting the dynamic relationship between tradition and change.

McCabe explains: During the postwar period into the 1950s and 60s, Southern California youth embraced hot rods and custom cars as iconic representations that expressed the nuanced but raw power of youth. . . There is an interesting preoccupation among young urban Japanese about postwar American culture. It is not so much reproduction, but more creative re-invention . . . and cultural stylization is part of a nostalgic mystique that is being adopted.

McCabes photographs document Japans Kustom Kulture, from car shows such as the Mooneyes Tokyo Street Nationals, to custom car shops, to pin-stripers studios, to completely stylized car or bike aficionados in their period garb, and his text provides both history and context.

Forward by Don Ed Hardy


196 pages, Hardcover, 11.25?8.75 inches, 2008

ISBN #978-0-945367-35-2

  • Publisher: Hardy Marks Publications

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