MacBooks; Kimonos; Dildos

Shunga is the Japanese term for a style of Erotic Art prints; obviously sexual yet favouring the bizarre and the comical as much as the romantic.  The style’s climax was reached in the Edo period, lasting from the 17th to 19th centuries, and the NSFW genre was often realised via ukiyo-e, or woodblock prints. There are plenty traditional robes in various stages of undress, some serious pubic hair, alternate sex positions and the sporadic octopus.

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The octopus eating…you know what…is a traditional Shunga painting titled, ‘The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife’ by Hokusai, 1814.

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Now Jeff Faerber, and artist from Brooklyn, has produced a modern take on the Shunga style. Robes are present as well as straggly hair, mobile phone and the occasional dumplings. His modern style has taken the usual woodblock design to acrylic and pencil drawings. The images depict love making with characters dressed in piercings and tattoos.

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Sex, robes and dumplings, Japanese culture come at me. Jeff Faerber can be found here.

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