Little Miss Snaggletooth

For the Illustration Friday theme “Crooked”, I instantly saw this image in my mind. It’s the latest trend amongst teenage Japanese girls: the snaggletooth. Really? Yes, really. Money will actually get paid to have these put in place. Erm, out of place… Crooked teeth Japanese girlI think this phenomena is not just an inexplicable fad or a craze. It is deeply rooted into Japanese culture. Crooked teeth like these are an example of wabi-sabi. This term represents the view that beauty can be found in imperfection. Maybe it’s also down to Japan’s obsession with youth and school girls. Like this “I just got rid of my milk teeth” look.

I used to have crooked teeth once and my parents paid a small fortune to get these corrected. Oh dear… Ladies and gentlemen, presenting: my 13 year old self.