Better known as hide, he is the visual kei Guitarist who played with the group X Japan.
A year after attending a KISS concert, he got his first guitar and carried it with him everywhere.
His visual kei style involved a lot of makeup, like glam rock, but emphasized the androgynous look.
His grandmother worked as a beautician, the same line of work that he first considered for himself.
The stage presence of Gene Simmons and KISS inspired him to re-create that style with his own band.