With passionate collectors around the world, Mishima Go's Otoko-e (translated 'pictures of men') were rarely exhibited to the public. As a cult figure, Mishima was appointed illustrator for BARAZOKU (The Rose Tribe), the first magazine for gay men in Japan. He then played an important role in the publication of a revolutionary publication SABU. Contrary to prior publications as BARAZOKU, which focused on the aesthetics of western gay culture, SABU established the imagery of Japanese men through short, masculine hair, the 'FUNDOSHI' (traditional loincloth underwear), elaborate tattoos, Japanese swords and hara-kiri (or seppuku - suicide by cutting open the abdominal area). Mishima's work decorated the cover of the magazine from its beginning, and he used the medium as his canvas for the rest of his life.
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