A shirt dedicated to the legacy of Yukio Mishima (三島 由紀夫 Mishima Yukio), January 14, 1925 – November 25, 1970), a Japanese author, poet, playwright, actor, and film director. Mishima is considered one of the most important Japanese authors of the 20th century. His avant-garde work displayed a blending of modern and traditional aesthetics that broke cultural boundaries, with a focus on sexuality, death, and political change. In 1970, he and three other members of his militia staged an attempted coup d’état when they seized control of a Japanese military base and took the commander hostage, then tried and failed to inspire a coup to restore the Emperor’s pre-war powers. Mishima then committed ritual suicide by seppuku. Mishima’s sexual orientation was an issue that bothered his widow, and she always denied his homosexuality after his death.
The name Guts is actually a bar that I stumbled upon in Shinjuku, 2 Chome−１２, 東京. We didn’t really know where we were going, only that this area had the highest concentration of gay bars in the world (I think an estimate of about 300!). Then I saw the sign Guts and I thought, well that sounds kinda perverse and dangerous, let’s go in. Ever since then, I just loved how that word had so many meanings to it and is just vague enough to elicit some curiosity. Eventually, I formed my own company and party based in NYC based on my provocative encounter with that word.