Punk in Translation



EXHIBITION: SAT 9th JAN – MON 11th JAN, 11 – 7PM


Japanese leather initiative Leather Japan has collaborated with avant-garde brand Blackmeans to create the exhibition Punk in Translation.

Produced by Harris Elliott - co-creator of the widely acclaimed Return of the Rudeboy, Punk in Translation features work from Japanese documentary photographers Yusuke Yamatani, Tatsuo Suzuki and Naoya Matsumoto. Their images document the raw community of Japanese punks, following the underground music scene;; diversified sounds, ‘live houses’, discreet characterless buildings, and Tokyo’s loyal punk youth.

Punk in Translation showcases the scene's style and attitude in its rebellious form unique to Tokyo’s surroundings, highlighting the radical Japanese interpretation of punk. The unmistakable style has been integrated with traditional Japanese festival culture, incorporating sensitivity towards detail, a natural characteristic of the Japanese.

Held at The Horse Hospital, the exhibition highlights the lifestyle and culture of how the UK punk fashion & music scene has influenced, and informed a new breed of subculture.

For further information, images and interview requests contact – heather@home-studios.co.uk


About Blackmeans

Blackmeans launched in 2008 as a leather brand. Since then, the Japanese avant-garde brand has separated themselves as an iconic punk brand celebrating a history of hardcore, mixing a post-anarchist ethos and radical design with Japanese craftmanship. The clothing has an anarchistic look, without the undone quality often associated with the genre.

About Harris Elliott

Creative director, stylist and designer-Elliott has contributed to a range of editorial, music, advertising, brand and agency projects. His roster of expertise has been diverse, including co-founding the Return of the Rudeboy exhibition. A self described "visual storyteller", Elliott's numerous projects have taken place internationally, integrating a variety of cultures and subcultures within each unique destination.