A Japanese artist who made headlines for making a 3D-printed kayak modelled on her vagina is arrested for sending her funders a '3D selfie' of her privates.
Speaking from jail, Megumi Igarashi, 42, is outraged by her arrest and vows a court fight against the obscenity charges brought against her, adding that her fight will be a challenge to a culture of “discrimination” against discussion of the vagina in Japanese society.
Igarashi, who works under the alias Rokudenashiko, which means “good-for-nothing girl” in Japanese, built a yellow kayak with a top shaped like her vagina after raising about US$10,000 (RM31,763) through crowdfunding. As a way of saying thanks to a number of donors, Igarashi sent them 3D printer data of her scanned vagina — the digital basis for her kayak project.
Because of the 3D printer data — one can argue that it's a '3D selfie' of her privates, but that's up to the courts now — that she sent out, Igarashi was arrested and charged with the crime of distributing indecent material. Now she faces up to two years in prison and a fine of up to US$25,000.
Igarashi said about 10 police officers arrived at her house on June 12. Initially, she thought they were only interested in confiscating her vagina-inspired artwork, that she has previously explained is a pop-art exploration of the manko — vulgar Japanese slang for vagina.