Maker: Vera Akotuah / From: London / Craft: Illustrator
Tokyo Gothic is an illustration series Vera created featuring mange pin up girls living in Tokyo. In addition to being a Designer/Illustrator Vera is also a fine Artist. She became inspired by Tokyo after visiting Japan a few years ago for a fine art exhibition held in Shibuya.
The manga culture inspired the style of her pin up girl illustrations. Burlesque has a strong influence as the freedom of expression is apparent here. The pins up girl illustrations are named after parts, locations of Tokyo and all also have original Japanese names. The girls Vera has depicted are inspired by some of pop cultures notable muses including ‘Dita Von Teese’ and ‘Bettie Page’.