Monday, May 5, 2008

the horrific cute

the computer screen image at the net cafe i am using now is typical of a style trend noticeable in taiwan: the horrific cute. i assume this trend originates in japan. one sees images or toys of simple animal forms, with a bloody tear coming from its eye, or blood coming from the corner of its mouth, or stubble on its face and a cigarette hanging from its mouth, or fangs. think of hello kitty with any of the features mentioned. what does this style mean in the minds of its fans?

this image shows a white figure, with stitches on its head, and a heart hanging from an open chest cavity.

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