Simply dressed in thermal sweats or sometimes a plain t-shirt on warmer days, you’d be forgiven if you overlooked this casually dressed gentleman named Seiichi Hoshiko (星子誠一). Throwing his classic two thumbs up pose, he is actually one of the visual kei’s world most loved father figures, and it doesn’t require any convincing at all when you see the huge gallery of photos of him getting held like old friends do but also physically swamped by the younger visual kei artists.
What does it take to get photographed with every Jrock and visual kei band under the sun? Well, Mr Hoshiko achieved this by founding some of the world’s top visual kei magazines including “SHOXX”, “club Zy.“, “club Zy. MAG“, “club Zy. Gab”. He is also the man you should thank for “stylish wave”, an event where a bunch of visual kei artists gathers to perform. The best part is that he now has an English Twitter account for us to follow! From age-old photos of him next to hide (X Japan), having his shoulders wrapped by Inoran and being jostled into a tight group by MORRIGAN, we’ve collected some of the most impressive and iconic photos for you to enjoy of our very own Visual Kei Oyaji.
JROCK NEWS was also lucky to conduct an interview with this legend recently, definitely check it out! In the interview, Hoshiko-san talks about how the influence of X Japan helped him overcome his mid-life crisis to start SHOXX and as well as how the term “Visual kei” was coined.
Let’s take a moment to thank everyone’s uncle for supporting the visual kei community. Are you surprised about learning about this Visual Kei Oyaji, or have you known about him before? Let us know in the comments below.