LOCKDOWN TALES: Takuya Yamaguchi turns his completed quarantine project into an e-book in support of Black Lives Matter
Headpieces: Takuya Yamaguchi
Words: Emma de Clercq
Since the start of lockdown, Takuya Yamaguchi has created one hairstyle each day from his home in Brooklyn. We’ve documented his output along the way and watched as he transformed everything from paper to beer cans into unique sculptural creations. Now nearing his self-imposed completion of the project at a staggering 100 looks, Yamaguchi has decided to turn the series into an e-book in support of Black Lives Matter.
As a freelance session stylist, Yamaguchi is one of the millions of freelancers whose livelihoods in creative industries continue to hang in the balance, and he admits that he’s riddled with anxiety about what the future holds. “Overnight, all my jobs were cancelled and I was at a loss. I felt worried and anxious every day because suddenly I had no income and nobody knew how long it would last.”
For Yamaguchi, throwing himself into this project helped to give him some much-needed structure when the world around him seemed to be in free fall. “My wife went back to Japan so I started to live alone in quarantine. I decided to immerse myself in what I love the most: to create something. I’d create one style each day; research references, think about the design, make it into a style, take a photo, post it… then repeat it the next day.” While the proceeds from the e-book will help towards keeping the hairstylist afloat until he is able to work again, the majority of funds raised will go towards supporting BLM. “I will donate 70% of the funds raised to the Black Lives Matter Global Network,” says Yamaguchi, “in order to contribute towards the construction of a fairer society”.
Find out more about the e-book here
“I’d create one style each day; research references, think about the design, make it into a style, take a photo, post it… then repeat it the next day.“