Kewpie dolls are beloved in Japan though what passes for "love" can often seem, well, bizarre. This is reflected in some of the myriad kewpie doll cell phone charms figurine fans can buy, collect and save - bondage kewpies, colorful "flavor" kewpies, even kewpies so weird they have to be seen to be believed.
The latest addition to the kewpie charm universe is the Gangster Kewpie, 15 different models of which smilingly display elaborate tattoo artwork designed by professional Japanese tattoo artists.
Strapya World, Tokyo's cell phone charm vendor extraordinaire, commissioned renowned Japanese tattoo artist Choryu Roppongi to design and draw these brilliant miniature works of tattoo art, traditionally displayed only by members of Japan's notorious homegrown gangsters, the Yakuza!
Each cute kewpie stands 3.5cm (about 1.4 inches) tall and arrives nicely packaged but otherwise unclothed - which is nice, because who would want to hide those cool & colorful tats?
Each Gangster Kewpie charm costs 1,200 yen (about $13.35) plus shipping and there are 15 different styles to choose from. (via TokyoMango)