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9 September 2022 @ 6:08 pm

Here's a real find (for me at least): an illustration from a 1925 issue of Kodomonotomo. I had never seen work by this person (I think I'd remember!): Kozo Yokoi (1889–1965), who went on to a career as a painter (dubbed "the Japanese Rousseau"). I scanned these from a 2017 book on Kodomonotomo. I'll see what else I can dig up.

A Tiger in the Land of Dreams

29 August 2022 @ 7:37 pm

A look inside the 50 Watts Books edition of Tiger Tateishi's incredible A Tiger in the Land of Dreams A Tiger in the Land of Dreams by Tiger Tateishi Translated by Yosuke Kitazawa ISBN 9781957625003 32 pages, 7.5 x 10.25 inches, full color, hardcover Publication date: Fall 2022 (now shipping!) A Tiger in the Land of Dreams is the first English-language edition of a legendary picture book from 1984. Tiger Tateishi, well-known in the worlds of art and comics, takes us on a journey through a surreal land with Torakichi, a constantly-morphing green tiger. The artist saw this strange tiger as a combination of an animal and a plant. Suitable for all ages, but this is the type of book you buy for the dreamy artwork.

50 Watts Books - Our First Publications

12 April 2022 @ 10:05 pm

While running the bookstore over the last year, I've been working on four books at the top of my list of dream projects. These books have fascinated (and confused) me for years -- longtime followers of the blog might recognize some -- and I'm excited to put them into the world. To follow their progress and be alerted when preorders begin, sign up for the 50 Watts Books email list. I'll also keep this page up-to-date. Booksellers, please get in touch! I will be selling some rare books by Tiger Tateishi and Kiyoshi Awazu to raise printing funds. Animal Land Where There Are No People by Sybil and Katharine Corbet A 50 Watts Production (which has been in the works for 10 years): we've given a colorful twist to a book originally published in Scotlan

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8 March 2022 @ 5:55 pm

(Find me at 50 Watts Books.) Nicole Claveloux, c1974, for a French edition of Alice in Wonderland found in Les images libres - Illustrations for Children, 1966-1986 A selection of images found in books on the shelves at 50 Watts Books. Books go in and out of print, and I look forward to revisiting a post in a few years to marvel at what was available. Nicole Claveloux, c1971 for Le Chat de Simulombula found in Les images libres - Illustrations for Children, 1966-1986

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7 March 2022 @ 9:52 pm

(Find me at 50 Watts Books.) Jan Konupek, from the cycle Dream Land, 1940, found in Edgar Allan Poe and Art in the Czech Land Some images from A Dream Within a Dream: Edgar Allan Poe and Art in the Czech Land, a recent publication now available at 50 Watts Books Frantisek Kobliha, The Black Cat, 1950, found in Edgar Allan Poe and Art in the Czech Land

Posters by Ghobad Shiva

5 January 2022 @ 9:33 pm

(Find me at 50 Watts Books.) silk-screen prints from 1975 Posters by Ghobad Shiva (born 1940) found in the book Music Posters from Pre-Revolution Iran, 1960s-70s. The section opens with some quotes by Shiva: "Posters offer a vast field to every graphic designer. While you present the information, you find an opportunity to add your individual artistic and intellectual view, what you seldom enjoy in other graphic media." "I spend more time on designing a poster than I do on other graphic works because you send a poster into the streets, where it generates thought, for which a graphic designer is highly responsible." "I believe you must turn the voices and melodies of music into a visual format. This is an Eastern view. Eastern artists almost

The Fake Kyoto Collection

18 October 2021 @ 6:16 pm

(Find me at 50 Watts Books.) Some blown-up details from Imiri Sakabashira's The Fake Kyoto Collection, a Japanese book from 2020. Born in 1964, Imiri Sakabashira is part of the Japanese underground generation centering around publications like Garo and AX. His work has been exhibited in the Trancepop Gallery in Kyoto and the Billiken Gallery in Tokyo.

Tomi Ungerer's Nonstop

13 October 2021 @ 6:42 pm

(Find me at 50 Watts Books.) How it begins From Tomi Ungerer's final picture book, Nonstop, published by Phaidon in 2020. Find it at 50 Watts Books or on (I'm a regular affiliate there, not a bookstore affiliate). My summary: Vasco's shadow helps guide him through a crumbling world where "birds, butterflies, and rats were gone" and "flowers had turned into memories." Along the way he rescues Poco, the little green child of Nothing, and they eventually find a gigantic cake in the desert (a happy ending!). I love this book. How it ends

Marina Shirakawa's Yokai Picture Book

12 October 2021 @ 7:19 pm

(Find me at 50 Watts Books.) Details from a book collection of Marina Shirakawa's yokai drawings. Shirakawa (1944-2000) also features prominently in an anthology of mushroom-themed manga from the same Japanese published, ele-king books/P-Vine.

Imiri Sakabashira's Letterpress Monsters

25 September 2021 @ 10:07 pm

(Find me at 50 Watts Books.) Three details from a little letterpressed book by Imiri Sakabashira, published by the Trance Pop gallery in Japan.

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Loco velo: A totally bonkers sprint motorcycle concept

1 December 2022 @ 5:05 pm

Custom sprint motorcycle concept by Valen Zhou What do a Kawasaki KZ250 engine, a car’s spare wheel and a bicycle seat have in common? You’ll find them all on this curious contraption from Valen Zhou, along with a smorgasbord of other odd bits and pieces. Straight out the gate, Valen admits that this build isn’t particularly practical—in fact, it’s downright sketchy. But he didn’t originally intend it to be this way. The Chinese-born, Milan-based photographer and director had a very specific mash-up of styles in mind, but once he got stuck in, things didn’t quite pan out.

Game On: Rough Crafts builds a gaming-inspired Street Bob

30 November 2022 @ 5:02 pm

Custom gaming-inspired Harley Street Bob by Rough Crafts The Harley-Davidson Street Bob is one of the most stripped-down big cruisers that The Motor Co. sells. With trimmed bodywork, little to no passenger accommodations and the tiniest speedo we’ve ever seen on a factory bike, there’s very little to remove if you’re customizing one. Which is exactly why Winston Yeh of Rough Crafts in Taiwan loves working with it. For his latest project, Winston took a stock 2020-model Street Bob, and turned it into a sci-fi-infused custom that looks like it

K is for Kit: A BMW K100 café racer from Munich’s finest

28 November 2022 @ 5:01 pm

BMW K100 custom kit by Motoism x Impuls From the minute it hit the custom scene, the BMW K100 has been an underdog. With a brick-like motor, overly angled bodywork and a kinked subframe, it’s a far less appealing option than the more handsome R-series boxer. But that hasn’t stopped it from becoming a surprisingly popular choice. The key lies in how you customize the K100. If your strategy is to shoehorn it into a traditional build style, you’re destined for heartbreak. But if you find a way to harness the K100’s quirkiness rather than fight it, the results can be pretty damn spectacular.

Speed Read, November 27, 2022

27 November 2022 @ 5:01 pm

The latest motorcycle news, customs and oddities. We continue in our quest to bring you the most diverse Speed Read selections we can. This week includes a Honda Monkey inspired by a train, a Suzuki Freewind scrambler and a rocket-powered Harley. Staying with the Motor Co., we finish things off with sad news about the Evo Sportster. Custom Honda Monkey by MonQey King Honda Monkey 125 by MonQey King We love seeing how creative custom builders can get with the

Lo-fi boxer: A carbureted BMW R18 from Kingston Custom

26 November 2022 @ 5:01 pm

BMW R18 bobber by Kingston Custom We live in a world where you can stream entire discographies of music straight to your phone, yet vinyl sales are booming. Technology might be advancing at a relentless pace, but we’re still drawn to analog things—either for their charm, or for the sake of our own nostalgia. In this context, neo-retro motorcycles are something of an anomaly. They look vintage, but they’re loaded with features that weren’t around back then—like catalytic convertors and electronic rider aids. This BMW R18 from Kingston Custom shatters that mold.

City surfer: A Honda CB250 covered in street art

25 November 2022 @ 5:01 pm

Custom Honda CB250 by Reier Motors The results are always special when a professional custom builder sets out to create a bike for themselves. With no client brief on the table, it’s all about their own personality and proclivities. But it’s hard to pin Christian Reier’s tastes down—his latest build is a huge departure from his last, despite the fact that they were both personal projects. Nicknamed the ‘City Surfer,’ this particular project started out as a 1969 Honda CB250K. Working from the Reier Motors workshop in the picturesque outski

Stealthy style: Vagabund’s custom KTM Freeride EX-C

23 November 2022 @ 5:12 pm

Custom KTM Freeride EX-C by Vagabund Moto Modern dirt bikes are the epitome of form following function. Narrow fuel tanks are easier to grip with your knees, flat seats enable you to shift your weight around, and plastic bodywork can be replaced after a crash. It’s why they’re so formulaic in their design. Vagabund Moto are here to inject some style into the genre. Founded by Paul Brauchart and Philipp Rabl, the Austrian outfit is part of a growing breed of custom shops that blur the lines between motorcycles, design and fashion. Their builds are modern and edgy, and are built using the latest manufacturing techniques.

Lean and Green: A slick Suzuki GS500 from Slovakia

22 November 2022 @ 5:01 pm

Custom Suzuki GS500E by Earth Motorcycles Earth Motorcycles only popped up on our radar within the last two years, but the Slovakian shop has already made their presence known. With just a handful of builds to their name so far, they’ve managed to establish a strong signature style. Their vibe is low-key chic, with bikes that are restrained, slick and perfectly proportioned. It’s a style that this vintage Suzuki GS500E wears extremely well. First released in 1979, the GS500E was the younger sibling of the more commonly known GS550. Built specifically for countries where regulations favored sub-500 cc motorcycles, it used a re-sleeved version of the GS550

Speed Read, November 20, 2022

20 November 2022 @ 5:01 pm

The latest motorcycle news, concepts and customs. An adorable little Honda ST90 holds its ground against four liter-plus bikes this week. We’re looking at an Indian Scout Rogue from HardNine Choppers, a 1,190 cc Buell dirt bike, the limited edition Ariel Ace Black, and a stunning Kawasaki from Japan. Custom Indian Scout Rogue by HardNine Choppers Indian Scout Rogue by HardNine Choppers The King of the Baggers race series is an absolute blast to watch. With full-fat factory baggers hopp

Hot Pursuit: A replica of the Mad Max Kawasaki KZ1000

19 November 2022 @ 5:01 pm

Custom Kawasaki KZ1000 Mad Max replica The thought of a Mad Max-inspired motorcycle typically conjures up a very distinct image. But not every vehicle in George Miller’s dystopian film series was a scraggy death trap, covered in scavenged materials and rust. Cast your mind back to the very first Mad Max flick, and MFP officer Jim ‘Goose’ Rains’ 1977 Kawasaki KZ1000 highway patrol bike. Goose’s bike was originally custom-built by La Parisienne in Melbourne specifically for the movie, with inspiration taken from the Bol D’Or-style endurance racers of the time. Highlights included a high front fairing, a boxy tail section, alloy whee


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