The incredible futuristic masks of the Japanese Ikeuchi Hiroto

The artist Ikeuchi Hiroto is 32 years old, which means that he spent his childhood in the 90s. In that decade he immersed himself in the Star Wars movies, the Zoids robotic animal series, and the Gundam robot manga and anime.

A graduate of the Tamabi art school in Tokyo, he has always been obsessed with robots, cyberpunk and science-fiction dystopias. He has merged all of that to specialize in creating futuristic skins that blend art, fashion, and technology.

Experts call it wearable art, and in a way it is. His masks have no specific utility. They are art, fashion objects to wear:

Some of the components you can see in these cyberpunk masks may ring a bell. This is because Ikeuchi uses parts from real objects, such as cell phones, headphones, antennas, routers, cameras, and much more.

Interestingly, in one of his interviews he explains that he hardly uses modern devices because they are becoming simpler and have fewer parts , or they are all so similar that they do not contribute anything to artistic creations of him.

That’s why he feeds mainly on technology from 10 or 20 years ago . He also molds his own parts with plastic and other materials.

Ikeuchi Hiroto‘s specialization in cyber skins has served him quite well.

He has created custom skins for magazines such as Wired, CYBR Magazine, and Purple Magazine, and for exoskeleton companies such as Skeletonics.

But his most important work has been carried out with the fashion firm of Spanish origin (now French) Balenciaga, for which he has created a spring 2022 collection:

He has also participated in several art exhibitions in museums in Japan.

Today it seems like an artistic curiosity, but after two years of the pandemic, and with the climate change and pollution we are suffering, perhaps in these photographs we can see the human being of the future…