Manga Series TOMIE Inspires Creepy Flesh-like Art Pieces

If you’re looking for some extra body horror in your life this holiday season, Japanese manga creator Junji Ito has you covered. He’s teamed up with artist doooo for some downright creepy pieces that look like they’re made out of human flesh. Based on Ito’s Tomie manga series, there’s a cube with an eye that realistically blinks and a coin purse that looks like a mouth. Owning these pieces, which cost up to $4,300, is one way to show your fandom.

The manga series clearly has a large following, it has been adapted into nine movies so far. A different actress plays the titular character each time she regenerates, reminiscent of Doctor Who.

We came across these pieces thanks to Hypebeast. The Instagram video above that shows off how to make the eye cube blink is really something that will stick with you. Apparently, rubbing the corners of the fleshy cube causes the realistic looking eye to open and close. In the photo below, Ito poses with one of the mouth coin purses. You can pry the mouth open to reveal teeth and deposit coins, then close it up to keep them safe.  

There is other art for sale on doooo’s site, including mouth coin purses with stubble. He also makes USB drives and stamps shaped like human fingers. There’s even a blinking eye shaped like a mirrored disco ball, which isn’t any less creepy than the cube version. Phone cases and business card holders round out the collection.

A cube with an eye on it and a coin purse mouth are part of a manga art collection

If you’re looking for odd accessories but don’t want to go fully into human flesh, there’s purses shaped like sushi rolls and even a pigeon clutch. If, however, these cursed objects only make you more curious about Tomie, there’s plenty more content out there to consume. You can also watch Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre, coming to Netflix January 19, 2023. 

Melissa is Nerdist’s science & technology staff writer. She also moderates “science of” panels at conventions and co-hosts Star Warsologies, a podcast about science and Star Wars. Follow her on Twitter @melissatruth. 

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