The works originally appeared as a serial in the monthly "BURST" magazine over a two-year period, being carried at the front of each issue. The idea behind these paintings was to revive the role once played by satirical ukiyo-e shortly before and after the Meiji Restoration in a modern-day magazine. ("BURST" gained legendary status before being discontinued, as it dealt with Japan's underworld and counterculture, covering such topics as tattoos, body modification, and motorcycle gangs.) While the ukiyo-e by late Edo-period artists like Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Tsukioka Yoshitoshi were prints, the works in these series are paintings. I composed the text and wrote it out by hand, rather than printing it out on a computer.