by Laura Hutson
To go along with its current exhibit Looking East: Western Artists and the Allure of Japan, the Frist's gift shop has stocked its shelves with examples of consumer goods inspired by Eastern aesthetics, from notecards printed with cherry blossoms to Hello Kitty coffee mugs. But perhaps nothing is better suited to represent the inspiration Western culture has taken from the East than this series of limited-edition skate decks by Zubelle.
The deck on the far right shows a Japanese woodblock called "Three Beauties in the Rain" that was created sometime between 1786 and 1790 by Katsukawa Shunsho.
The Frist's gift shop is open today, and Looking East is up through May 11. See a detail shot of the Zubelle decks after the jump.