Meanwhile, Japan Has Built an Actual Gundam

One of the highest grossing franchises of all time with copious amounts books, movies, TV shows, video games, countless spin-offs and entire sub-section of the toy and hobby industry specifically devoted to plastic robot model kits, the Gundam series is perhaps one of Japan’s most prolific cultural exports on par with the likes of Pokemon, Hello Kitty and Sailor Moon. First premiered in 1979, the genre-defining Gundam imagined a futuristic dystopian world where humans piloted giant robot mecha suits to wage intergalactic war and look pretty kick-ass while doing it.

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And while the aliens haven’t started their invasion (yet), it turns out that 2020 is already dystopian enough on its own to warrant the creation of our very own 60-foot tall robot protector. Residents of Yokohama, Japan captured footage of a 1:1 scale replica of the RX-78-2 unit as its creators took it out on little test run right on the bay. Demonstrating an impressively wide range of motion, albeit at a very lethargic pace, the life-size Gundam showed off its ability to walk, kneel, articulate its fingers, point to the sky and stare down the puny humans it will one day crush like grapes beneath its feet.

Life-sized Gundam in Yokohama is now in testing mode. — Catsuka (@Catsuka)1600702893.0

Its actually a lot more impressive than it sounds on paper — if it was any other year, the giant robot would have probably made more of a splash but between pandemics, protests, natural disasters, murder hornets, Carole Baskin being on Dancing with the Stars and whatever new wacky biblical plague we happen to be dealing with this week, it’s not hard to see why it might have flown under your radar. You would even be forgiven for initially dismissing it as some sort of elaborate CGI deepfake (we’ve been burned before), but it turns out the massive replica RX-78-2 is quite real and actually meant to be the main attraction for a new Gundam-themed amusement park.

The Gundam Factory was initially scheduled to open in October but for obvious COVID-19 related reasons, that has been delayed indefinitely. For the time being, the Gundam will stand guard in the Port of Yokohama just in case Godzilla decides he wants to try anything funny before the year is up.

Photo via Getty/ Noboru Hashimoto/ Corbis

Tribute Brand Is Making ‘Contactless’ Clothes for the Cyber Age

The idea that we’d all actually be shopping for digital clothes would’ve seemed outlandish just a few years ago—why buy garments you can’t actually hold, touch or wear? As the world finally woke up to the industry’s impact on the environment, however, the concept doesn’t seem so farfetched now.

Despite innovations in eco-friendly technology and ethically sourced fibers (upcycling seems to be the trend du jour), no “sustainable” collection is inherently, well, sustainable. Between physical deliveries, shipping and just plain more stuff, you’re still producing thing people don’t necessarily need.

Which is why the timing of a label like Tribute Brand is all the more intriguing. Specializing in “contactless cyber fashion,” the clothes are available for literally any gender, sex or size. It’s perhaps the most radical example of sustainable fashion yet. “We strongly believe that digital clothing is the future we should embrace,” the brand states.


While still in its early stages, Tribute Brand is been slowly gaining more recognition on Instagram as creatives like Nicola Formichetti and Prince Dru showed off their new digital wares. But these aren’t your everyday wardrobe pieces: the avant-garde-meets-futuristic-street-style-outer-space aesthetic is definitely a crowd-pleaser for the risk-taking, fashion fiends among us. You can also easily order a custom piece to your liking.

The functionality is quite simple as well. Once you add the digital items to your cart, all you have to do is upload an image of yourself via Dropbox, Google Drive or a similar service and share the link with the images in the box located in the shopping cart, which the brand will use to digitally fit the item on your frame.

The founders, who all come from backgrounds in fashion, CGI 3D modeling, UX design and coding, understand how novel this approach is. But with everyone stuck in their homes the past few months amid all that’s been going on in the world, it couldn’t have come at a better moment.

“With the recent events and the crisis occurring throughout the world, the needed process of changing the system became inevitable and we are excited to join the pioneers of this new phase,” they said.


PAPER caught up with the anonymous group behind the brand to learn more about their process and why it could shape up to be how more of us dress in the future. See also a contactless fashion shoot in collaboration with models from New Pandemics, a New York-based modeling agency “dedicated to increasing LGBTQ+ visibility.”

How did the idea for Tribute Brand come about and who are the creators behind the platform?

Before launching Tribute Brand, we were running a successful and awarded fashion label that was mostly oriented towards fashion criticism and irony. So even from the beginnings, we were always going for changing the fashion system which, as we all know, has gone the wrong way and needed someone to push the reset button. And then [COVID-19] happened.

At the same time, the city where our HQ’s are located, was struck by a large earthquake that caused significant damage and we had to move back to our hometown. That was the moment we realized it’s the right time for a shift, an idea we’ve been working on since 2017. People are in isolation and can’t go everywhere, let’s give them a chance to be in fashion, but contactless and cyber, and to make them understand its main values: no waste, no shipping, no gender and size restrictions, and available in the virtual space only.


Our team is formed out of people with a background in fashion, CGI 3D modeling, UX design and coding, and most of us have known each other for a while. After our first brand, we admire the idea of anonymity behind the brand, and that whole cyber moment is giving it another dimension.

Can you describe in detail the process and software behind fitting a digital outfit on someone?

It’s quite a simple process. The customers get to choose cyber garments, just as it would choose them through a regular online store, and then, they have to upload an image of themselves on which they want the cyber garment to be fitted. Everything you see there was designed and developed from our real-life patterns.

Afterwards, we pull everything through the 3D software and then the customers receive CGI images of themselves wearing the desired cyber garment. Of course, we can combine pieces, and make the whole outfits. For now, most of the garments are limited to 100 uploads, which means, they will be sold-out after that number is reached and there won’t be restock.

The other thing we offer are custom orders. If anyone has an idea for a digital garment, or wants something physical transferred into digital world, TB Taylor Made Cyber Services are available.

“We want to create a platform that will change [users’] behavior to act sustainably, leading to decrease in demand, consequently production and usage of physical clothes.”

What sort of observations have you made about customers’ orders and other feedback in these early stages?

We’ve been overwhelmed by the feedback we are getting! We started low-key a month ago and didn’t do any announcements through our public profiles. Another amazing part is, that we don’t just receive orders from users wanting to try the clothes on themselves, but we get the orders for projects people want to incorporate cyber clothes into.

So just imagine where all of this could go. For example, virtual fashion shootings, and that already happened in a way. Based on the reactions we see our customers are getting on their fits, it is true that cyber clothing is a perfect way to create great content.

What’s it going to take for more people to embrace digital fashion?

It is all about acknowledging its zero-waste and contactless character. And you know, fashion got unoriginal and repetitive for the last couple of years, maybe a decade. This is a new thing at the moment, but we believe, with technology development, it could become mainstream very soon. This is the only fully sustainable approach to fashion, and not to even talk about the possibilities digital clothing could have compared to regular clothing. The impossible is becoming possible and the virtual space is our main resource of getting and creating new content and knowledge. We think this an evolutional process, and it’s just a matter of time.


Where do you hope to take the brand as it continues to grow?

We’ve already got our second drop ready, and it is our plan to update the platform with the new products on a regular base. But in general, by influencing the users to transfer their identity to virtual area we want to create a platform that will change their behavior to act sustainably, leading to decrease in demand, consequently production and usage of physical clothes.

We aim to make the fashion system more accessible and fairer, and aspire to change behaviors. Let’s just work and see what the future of fashion and technology will bring us. And we are more than happy to collaborate with people and brands involved and interested in transferring outdated fashion principles into a new phase.

Contactless fashion: Tribute Brand

Models: Alexis De La Rosa, Mycky Brown, Sy Lu and Sarah Wasko (at New Pandemics)

Uglyworldwide Is a Globetrotting Muse in This Trippy CGI Campaign

Uglyworldwide’s subversive approach to fashion is just one of the reasons she’s been a longtime muse to Chris Habana, the jewelry designer based in New York’s East Village neighborhood known for his luxe pieces imbued with punk and tribal iconography.

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The social media star (aka Jazzelle Zanaughtti), who’s worked with the jeweler on several projects before, is now venturing into eyewear thanks to a new collection of sunglasses with GLVSS featuring both her and Habana’s personal tastes.

The assortment consists of two styles of steel-framed sunglasses in various colors: the Hurtwork, an aviator-inspired silhouette, and the Codename, a slim cat-eye that features a rivet on the left lens that allows for interchangeable charms to be affixed.

“I’m so excited to finally be releasing these glasses,” Jazzelle said in a statement. “They are a real reflection of myself, a versatile bitch who can’t make up her mind!”

Habana played with the “worldwide” theme by having Jazzelle transform across a series of CGI environments for the trippy visual campaign. The dramatic images show her set against a lush forest, a desert oasis, an aquatic ecosystem and an urban city landscape. (Go behind the scenes, below.)

Browse a selection of items from the “CHRISHABANA x UGLYWORLDWIDE X GLVSS” collection (priced from $125 to $145), available to shop online May 25 at GLVSS and Chris Habana Jewelry, in the gallery, below.

Photos courtesy of CHRISHABANA/ Brian Vu

B.o.B – Uncomfortable (Elements Album)

My creator
My creator, my creator, my… creator
My creator, my creator
My creator, my creator, my…creator

[Verse 1]
My creator said I’mma forever love ya
Through the good and the bad and the ugly
My creator dun’t never hold grudges
My creator only one could ever judge me
My creator of conscious was here first
If I’m not conscious the universe was birth
My favorite plant in the dirt
But how that make something illegal that grow up out the earth?

My creator, my creator
Did you ever get the prayers?
A few of us just had a couple questions for ya
A few of us just wanna ask you for a favor

[Verse 2]
My creator you gon’ sit around and watch?
My creator you can make all of this stop
You ever notice for a second we in trouble?
You probably think that we all just a bunch of fuck ups
If you was human, what would be your skin color?
Why you let them take MJ from us?
Why you ain’t tell MLK take cover?
My creator I’m really starting to wonder
My creator

My creator, my creator, my creator, my… creator
My creator, my, my creator
My creator, my creator, my… creator

[Verse 3]
Oh shit, this like the part in The Matrix when he take the red pill and he wake up and go ape shit
They told us we evolved on some ape shit
But I guarantee ya Charles Darwin was a Mason, damn
They like you humans so peculiar
You just appeared after a big bang of gas and started fumin’ together to make life
Don’t need to think twice
There’s nothin’ bout you special. You basically sand mites
On this tiny fuckin’ speck of dirt called Earth
The only sign of life in the entire Universe
Oh and every star’s a billion, trillion miles away
So how the fuck we got a picture of the Milky Way?

My fellow Americans, we have just discovered a new planet
Uhh.. Although we spent dozens and dozens of years researching and billions and billions of tax payers money researching space and exploring space science, we just saw this planet. We overlooked it. It was hiding behind a blackhole or something, I don’t know. But.. but, uhh.. here, he- here are the images
Where are the images? You got the images?

So, here, here are the images clearly as you can see
It’s about 8 light years away. Uh.. how do we have pictures?
Uh.. We have, we have super fast, we have million mile internet. Faster than anything Earth has seen, but we just use it for to explore space
Uh.. but I tell ya, yanno you can look at these pictures yourself
We got all the planets. Uh.. but theres nothing out there
I mean, HA! I tell ya, there’s nothing out there
Yanno we’re gonna keep spending money and keep looking
We’re gonna keep sending cameras into space
We’re gonna keep sending fucking astronauts into space
We’re going to keep going out there and keep sending back CGI
Pictures – I mean, cough cough…
We’re gonna keep sending back pictures
Just to let you guys know you’re alone
You’re alone
And you’re insignificant creatures
Signing off