“DETAILED” Coverage on the Visual Kei Fashion Statement

  This is my second post about the ever-popular subject that has spread from the proud nation of Japan to many other countries, cultures, and ethnicities around that brightly colored globe: VISUAL KEI– complete with the in-depth secrets, tips, and examples of clothing and jewelry that will draw you into this vast category of fashion.

  The problem with most blogs or informative articles(I mean no harm or offense to your trusted sources, whatever they might be) displayed on the internet such as “WikiHow” and “Yahoo!Answers” is always the exact same thing. That, sadly enough, would be actual examples of the clothing in action!

  Sure, there are pretty helpful 12 step tips out there waiting for you to read them– I’ve read my fair share of “How to be Visual Kei” and “How to Dress Visual Kei” articles– but they’ll likely leave you with a load of important questions that just have to be answered.

  In case you haven’t read anything like this, I’ll provide you with a four-step example of a vague, and somewhat useless informative paragraph below in bold.

  “How to Dress Visual Kei– 4 steps” 1.)Visual Kei involves dark colors, unless you’re involved with Kote Kei, also known as Kote Kote Kei, 2.)You should be creative, 3.)Add lots of jewelry, 4.)Be fun.

  If you’re an intuitive person, these four simple steps could easily provide you with all/any information you need to jump right into your closet and throw a bold, layered, and sometimes complex outfit together; however, if you’re not that kind of person, then you might need an example or two.

  Now, to those of you who have the mentality that you have to copy any outfits or accessories I present to, there’s no need to fret– it’s just an example. Just because I may like and suggest cross jewelry doesn’t mean you must buy necklaces or bracelets. It’s all about you, yourself, and your preferences.

  Nails. Nail art isn’t for everyone, and there’s by no means anything wrong with fake nails. Depending on your fashion sense and how extreme you might be, nail art will always vary. If you were gloves, you might not want to paint your nails. Half-gloves expose your fingers– they might also come in handy if you live in a really hot region, like gloves and want to tie it into your look, and don’t want to have a heat stroke.
If you like cutesy nails, something like this has variety AND can easily match black, white, red, pink, and brown articles of clothing or any accessories you may want to wear.

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If sophisticated or gothic nails are to your liking, then maybe something like this would be for you.

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There are MANY different types of nail designs, feel free to pick out some that you like or paint them however you wish. Remember, there’s no right or wrong in Visual Kei.

  Accessories: Rings. While I like to designate at least two rings to each hand, you might not like that many, or any at all. The color of any gem ring doesn’t have to match your outfit. Chain rings, flowers, skulls, crosses, whatever you’re comfortable with displaying on your fingers.

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  Necklaces. Chokers are very popular amongst many people, and not all have spikes. If that type of jewelry isn’t your style, then try something calmer, like a chain or maybe a heart. Whatever goes, and if you want to put together a matching outfit, then keep in mind the basic color pallet you’ve given yourself. You can wear more than one necklace, or none at all. One is fine, too.

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  Bracelets. There are all types of wrist wear. Crystal, chain, latch, ribbon, beaded, weaved, all are various styles for you to find and try out. Adding a bracelet might give you an extra splash of color to show your style, or you could just like that particular piece of jewelry.

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  Earrings. If you don’t have any piercings on your ears, and either don’t want to get one or aren’t allowed, clip-on earrings are an option. If you have the standard piercings(which would be the ones on both of the earlobes) then choose some earrings that you like and go nuts. There’s nothing the matter with mismatched earrings, either. For those of you with “cartilage” piercings(this is a piercing on the upper part of your ear), using ball earrings is more common, or a miniature hoop. Cuff earrings are also in demand, though not necessary. Below is a diagram of the different types of earrings available to those who want/are allowed to have their ears pierced as they please.

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  Clothing: Your Visual Kei inspirations. Start off by looking up some people who’re also into Visual Kei. They don’t have to be famous, but someone widely known such as a Visual Kei band would be a great inspirational source. Thoroughly examine their various outfits, jewelry, hairstyle, and makeup to get a good feel of the general air. Take the band member “Uruha” of “The GazettE” as one of the simpler and more basic role models.

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Making the outfit may be difficult for those of us on a limited budget, but if you can afford to go ALL out, then I won’t stop you from ordering this from Cosplay sites in Japan, or even showing a picture of this to a professional who can make a replica; however, if you can’t afford the whole thing, there’s no need to fear, the solution is simple. Let’s say that you love this outfit and wish to own it or at least something almost exactly alike.
1.)Break down the outfit. As you can see, he’s wearing a black, straight laced corset over a black, collared button down shirt. He’s also wearing similarly colored pants, and a white vest outlined with black. Amazon offers a wide variety of half-corsets, white vests, and black blouses. Also, you can see a spikey bracelet on one of his wrists, accompanied by another bracelet with long pieces of string cascading down.
2.)Do research. Look up websites where the products are guaranteed as shown. Make sure you check every place, including stores near you. Remember, it doesn’t have to be exactly the same. What works for one of your inspirations might not work on you the same way. Be flexible. Read comments about the store or online store your visiting to make sure that the quality is good.
3.)Be patient. A lot of people are impatient and want the whole outfit at the same time. But you’ll probably have to acquire a “copied” outfit piece-by-piece over some period of time. Save up and spend wisely.

  Hair: Needed materials. Have you dreamed of having that messy, layered hair look? Find a picture of a hairstyle you like and show it to a barber or stylist you have faith in. Explain each detail of this style carefully and wait for them to finish. You’ll need a whole long list of things, depending on your choice: brushes, combs, dyes, gels, hair sprays, flat irons, curling irons, and hairpins. Taking care of your hairstyle is a commitment– you may even have to spend an extra hour or two in the mornings to get it exactly the way you want it. If you happen to get lazy, you still have a layered haircut to fall back on.

  Highlights. These will most definitely give you a desired look; but the downside to highlights is having to get them done almost every other week. Hair that has enhanced coloring will need special care. Temporary dye is also an option. It washes off when you shower, so you can have streaks of red, blue, purple, green, or whatever “hair chalk” or temporary dyes you have or like for a day.

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  Makeup: What you’ll want to have at your disposal. This is also a lengthy list– but it’ll pay off. Blush, eyeliners, eye shadows, lipsticks, foundation, powders, mascara, glosses, and lip liners.
Below, I’ll provide you with two pictures that help as examples.

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  Just match anything you want, refer to famous or nonfamous people, be yourself, and have fun with it. For any questions that you may have about anything relating to Visual Kei that I didn’t answer or you want specified, leave a question here or if you have Tumblr, my user name is the same as this website: ThatHelpfulPerson.

  I hope that this blog helped you and answered any questions you have/had.

Visual Kei- All the Categories and Tips

  Visual Kei– when referring to the musical aspect, it covers various genres, but resorts to mainly heavy metal, glam rock, and punk rock.

  On to the “visual” part of Visual Kei. Hair, makeup, wardrobe, and accessories, all are very important aspects of this popular cultural significance.

  First, we’ll go step by step through the explanation and process.

  Makeup. Depending on what level of visualization we’re talking about, the makeup will vary, though not by much extremity. The makeup will consist of a light foundation(and if you would like to achieve a pale look, then I suggest skin lighteners) of about one or more layers, eyeliner, eye shadow, and lipstick. Usually, darker colors will be used; blacks, browns, and deep reds are basic. However, lighter colors may be used.

  Hair. Flamboyant, messy, long, short, blond(e), pink, blue, curly– it all goes. The style of hair is normally very choppy, with numerous layers of different lengths, and sometimes even colors. Sometimes it’s parted to one side, with the ear exposed. This can be done by simply cutting strands of hair to a length just above the ear.

  Accessories. Part of this appealing category depends less heavily upon rings, necklaces, chokers, nail art, fake glasses, hair clips, bracelets, jewels, piercings, etc. A wide array of things may be used to enhance the look.

  Wardrobe. Very flippant clothes are used. Dark clothing, customized shoes, and striking blouses are a few examples.

  Subgenres. “Visual Kei” has many different branches, some influenced by lolita goth, a popular version of goth that consists of an alternative cutesy style with all the morbidity and black color. Both have influenced each other in some way.

  The first category is known as “Angura Kei”, which is characterized by more traditional clothing. It’s from the time of about 1960. Kimonos are frequently used.

  “Eroguro Kei” puts its focus on eroticism, sexual corruption, and decadence. Although many people associate it with an inappropriate subject, “Guro Kei”(the shortened name for this category) actually depicts things more on a bloody, gore-filled scale.

  “Kote Kei” apparently consists of the following idea and/or goal: seeking the bizarre. Blood, roses, crosses, and corruption are the known imaging.

  “Oshare Kei” is a much lighter form of the usual Visual Kei preferences which includes neon colored clothing, very light makeup(if any such as eyeliner and face paints), and happy messages in songs. Bright colors are used in the hair, as well as different colored contacts.

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“Rating of the Day” #3

  So, this song was a little harder to choose. I honestly had about 3 different names on a list, which I’ll share with you.

  •”Blue Flame”, by Alice Nine.
  •”Coming Back to Life”, by Pink Floyd.
  •”The Story”, by Brandi Carlisle.

  Each song has it’s individual, different merits and genre, as well as time setting.

  “Blue Flame” was made and sung by Alice Nine, another famous visual kei band signed to the official PS Sony Company. Lyrically speaking, everything works perfectly. The rhythm was upbeat and well-conducted, while the vocals were amazing. Alice Nine differs from bands like The GazettE and Buck-Tick because of the lighter vocals and tone of voice. It was released in the album “9”, which is their fifth studio album release.

  “Coming Back to Life” was released on the album “Division Bell” in 1994. The lyrics tell of how the Singer was left battered and mistreated by the one he loved, while that person was “dying to believe what you heard.” It talks about moving forward– which is always a good message.

  “The Story” was not only sung with a lot of passion, but musically, it was very good. It was released on April 3, 2007 from the album “The Story”, which was the third album published by her.

  From amongst these songs, I present the winner: “Coming Back to Life”, by Pink Floyd. I officially rate it a 3/5 stars(*****) because Pink Floyd’s vocals aren’t that good– some tribute bands are actually a bit better.

  Thanks for reading. Don’t forget to share your ideas and let me know if my ratings are alright.

“Rating of the Day” #2

  Today’s humble rating goes to “She Will Be Loved”, by Maroon 5 from the infamous album “Songs About Jane.”

  I happily present you with a few reasons for this day’s selection. 1.)This song is about a girl who hides her oddities and true self; but the song states that someone will truly come to love an appreciate her, 2.)The lyrics in one part of the song give the following message: “Tap on my window, knock on my door, I want to make you feel beautiful”, implying that he has come to accept this girl and hopes to make her insecurities go away, and for 3.)The overall saying is just really nice.

  There’s always going to be someone out there who loves you just the way you are– and it doesn’t exactly have to be in the romantic sense; it can be your parents, siblings, any relatives, a best friend, an admirer, even followers on some website, as long as they accept you for who you are.

  The only reason why I won’t rate this a perfect 5/5 stars(*****) is because some people make this song overly important– and, like every other song when it’s first released, it was played way too many times on the radio. While I myself really like this song, it’s not about me, it’s about the views of the music.

  Fell free to leave a comment or an opinion. Go ahead and leave suggestions for songs that I should rate and/or review.

  I rate this song 4/5 stars. (*****).

“Rating of the Day”

  The rating of “Most Liked Song by a Visual Kei Band” for today is awarded to The GazettE with their song “INSIDE BEAST.”

  My reasoning for the selection of this particular song performed and made by one of the tens of thousands of visual kei bands is simple: it sums up the nature of human beings and puts it in a catchy song with amazing instrumental and vocal skills.

  For those of you who haven’t heard the song before, I’ll give you an insight. “INSIDE BEAST” was made and released in 2013 from the album “BEAUTIFUL DEFORMITY.” The songs seems to focus on the horrible monster that lurks within us all, whether we are aware of it or not. Light BDSM scenes are shown, revealing to us the physical horrors of people– in this particular part, the percussionist is involved in an S&M scene, posing as the sadist. This can be translated as the way he may abuse the drums while performing.

  Self-destruction is shown in another by the burning of a self-portrait of one band member.

  Another member of the band is dancing with a partner. He then proceeds to thrust her onto a couch, where she lays motionless. This may be interpreted as an action of discarding someone or something once it’s purpose has been lost.

  The lead singer is personified as two people: the “inside beast” to which the lyrics refer, and the outside self which is presented to the world. A pipe is depicted in the room of the less stable representation of the singer, leading one to believe that it’s a mind-altering substance.

  It sounds like a rude awakening to those of us who want to run away from what we know is our weakness. The truth is entailed in genius lyrics and symbolism.

  RATE: 5/5 stars awarded to this song. (*****).

  Please feel free to leave a comment on what you thought about this review. A link below should give you the options of websites on which to view this music video and listen to the song.

  http://Jpopsuki.com/TheGazette/INSIDEBEAST

Kawaii Change

今日、私は別の言語で書いています。これを理解できない人のために、私は非常に残念です。英語での翻訳が怒鳴る提供されます。あなたが見る、日本のシンボルで書かれているこの特定のブログの理由はかなり面白いです。今日は重要な決定をしました。まだ比較的若いので、私は多くの人が呼ぶもの取ることにしました「かわいいライフスタイル。 “日本の「かわいい」感情に慣れていない人のために、私は簡単に説明します。英語でカワイイ “は可愛い」か意味「愛らしい」。このライフスタイルや特徴は、多くの場合、種類と陽気な人柄で示されている。運動に関わるこれらの人々が着用衣装は、エネルギッシュで明るい。手の込んだヘアスタイルが受け入れられ、提案されている。常に正であることは別である。私はこれはかなりよく自分自身を記述していることを見つけたので、私はこれは私が追求したいものであることを決めました。私は、日本あるいは東洋はないですが、私は強く、このようなライフスタイルが素敵だと考えています。 「かわいい」ということは全く非常に難しいことではありません。あなたは文化的実践、このタイプに従うことを選択した場合は、ここではいくつかのヒントがあります:1)あなたはどんな化粧を着用する場合、それは軽く適用する必要があります。ピンクや穏やかな赤がされて奨励 – 黒と暗い色が2、反対をお勧めします。)あなたもかわいいボタン、ピン、または図面、3。)Aでそれをカスタマイズすることを確認し、財布、バックパック、またはサッチェルを使用するようにしている場合「かわいい」タイプの若い人は、動物のぬいぐるみを持ち歩くことがあります。それは必要ではありませんが、純真、4の空気を放つ。)呪い – このできない言語の種類を尊重人、5から聞いてはいけません。)あなたの外観は、常にきちんとしなければならない、6。)とする友人と愛情ではなく、それは彼らが正気を駆動ポイントに、7。)あなたの服や髪を試してみてください。大胆に。それはそれについてになります。ああ、新しい経験を楽しんでいる。

Anase Kai— an Aspiring Vocalist and Doctor

  A few years ago, I met up with a few friends of mine and we headed out to a coffee shop. One of my friends, who I’ll refer to as T. for confidentiality reasons, asked me if I would be comfortable with her inviting another friend. I had agreed wholeheartedly. After all, the more the merrier, right? T. dialed her friend’s number on her phone and began speaking into it’s receiver zealously. After about 10 minutes or so, T. returned to us. Her smile seemed cheeky– almost like she’d won some sort of battle, which would end up seeming to be the case.

  The person she had invited was truly amazing. The name Anase in Japanese means “studious”, “quiet”, “respectful”, and many other things of this nature. Anase Kai fit my newest acquaintance perfectly. Once she was seated in the midst of our miniature bevy, I decided to ask her a few things.

  Firstly, I asked if she was from the United States, or some other country due to her name. The response that I received surprised me just a bit. It turned out that Anase Kai wasn’t her original name. She was from America, but had such a strong love for the Asian– and mainly Japanese– culture that she changed her name(both first and last) to something that she believed described herself.

  Secondly, I inquired of her interests. Anase answered shyly: “I really want to be a doctor. I’m currently studying all about the Japanese language, though. Also, if I were a vocalist– and popular enough, I might be able to meet The GazettE. I know, it seems silly.”

  T., myself, and the others all consoled Anase, assuring her that this dream wasn’t silly at all.

  It was an unusual meeting, but we’ve kept in contact ever since. I find that her peculiarities are her charms. We’ve gotten to be the best of friends, and I’m even starting to take interest in some of the things she’s shown me from Japan and other Asian areas.

  This is for Anase. Don’t ever lose sight of your dreams— you know I’ll always support you. I wish you nothing but the best.