A Ball-joint Fantasy
Aunty P here . . . let’s talk some history . . . BTW I don’t suggest viewing THIS fantasy at work, besides you’re supposed to be working.
BJD (ball-jointed dolls) have been around for a long time. Only within the last 10 years or so has there been such a high level of interest in the BJD, much fueled by the Internet. Dolfie and Obitsu BJD are among the more popular style dolls in vogue in the Otaku world.
Let me introduce you to an old school ota, someone who was obsessed with naked, seemingly adolescent girls. Hans Bellmer was building 1:1 ball-joint figures back in the early 1930’s; he was doing photo shoots of his dollies in various settings or environments in much the same way as contemporary ota who collect 1/6 and larger (up to 60cm) BJD.
In his later life Bellmer produced 2D eroge, i.e. lithographs and drawings, but he’s probably best known for the photographs of his ball-joint dolls.
I know . . . the first time I saw Bellmer’s dolls, I thought HOLY SHIT they don’t have any HAIR . . . you know what I’m referring to . . . yeh . . . down “there”.
The voyeuristic otaku photo sessions, suggestive poses (“up-skirt” or “low-angle”), short skirts, lingerie and above the thigh stockings, brings to mind “skin” or “stroke” mags featuring “barely legal” models that are available in most combini around the neighborhood.
Some Bellmer photographs . . . circa 1936.
Today, ball-joint dolls have similar internal “skeletons” . . .
Hans scratch-built all of his figures . . .
. . . articles of clothing . . .
. . . hair bows and wigs.
This last photo illustrates the “collector” mind-set . . . the framed specimen . . . provocatively posed and conveniently sans clothing.
Food for thought about the “pedo” aspect of doll “adoption” . . . oh, “pedo” as in pedophilia.
“Daughters” and “adoption”: terms used in the otakudoll world for the larger scale BJD, two terms that suggests a somewhat unusual relationship between the otaku “parent” and his BJD collection. “Must get” or “must have” are phrases used when referring to the acquisition of a doll or “daughter”. The dolls can be customized to suit the “parent’s” preferences . . . for example, “flat” chests for that pre-pubescent female or extra large breasts (oppai) for the “tit” man.
X O X O, Aunty P
Nighty night . . .
Some of the images are © 2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris (http://www.moma.org/collection/browse_results.php?criteria=O%3AAD%3AE%3A452&page_number=1&template_id=6&sort_order=1, and from various other collections accessible via the Internet and are the property of those owners.