My friend and model Blake asked me to design a Yakuza shoot for him, but I wasn't content with shooting a straightforward "Yakuza in the bar/alleyway" shoot. I decided to combine the crime world of the Yakuza with the sub-genre of Steampunk, one of my favorite styles. I designed a Steampunk outfit for him, adding brass details with suede and leather accents onto a vintage waistcoast decorated with beautiful Victorian patterns. I covered his chest and upper arms with tattoos, drawn and colored by hand using washable markers. His sword, however, is a real sword which he brought from Japan.
Model: Blake S. // Stylist: Cheyne Gallarde // Assistant: Michael Tanji // Location: Michelle Poppler // Photography: Firebird Photography