When you hear the words “self-portrait” you think painting or image by an artist or photographer of him or her self. In modern parlance, that’s a selfie, if you will. It’s straightforward. A picture … of your self, by your self. Usually, there’s just one of you. It’s pretty narrowly defined.Continue Reading

The optics and media of Japanese political election campaigns are fascinating for their restraint and orderliness. Campaign posters for the various politicians are put up in designated places in local neighborhoods and often in clusters, like the ones pictured above in Tokyo’s fashionable Naka-Meguro area. The politicians each appear in postersContinue Reading

Japan has a long-established, globally recognized and highly-developed sense of aesthetics, especially when it come to design and graphic communications like advertising. This large indoor billboard poster for Coca-Cola at Ark Hills Tokyo references the Japanese summer tradition of hanabi (massive fireworks displays) as beautiful flat, abstract graphics.

  American street artist DFace artwork often works with iconic pop-cultural imagery, often American retro-comic book styles and skeletal graphics. Here in Tokyo he’s de-constructed a Japanese icon, “Kitty -chan,” better know around the world as “Hello Kitty,” revealing her skull.   

We found these cute, simple wheat-pasted street art graphics on a utility box near the Watari Museum (Watarium) Ura-Harajuku in Tokyo.

This boldly graphic wheat-paste street art poster by Con Artist Collective just went up on a building hoarding at the corner of Broome and Allen streets, in the art-fashion part of the Lower East Side, in New York. The artwork was inspired by the classic Japanese sci-fi comic “Akira,” andContinue Reading

These monochromatic paintings of women’s heads form a set of murals on a series of walls in Willamsburg, Brooklyn. Japanese artist-illustrator Junko Shimuzu painted these, and we think they’re awesome. There’s a kind of vintage look to the women’s various hairstyles, and a graphic-novel quality to the line drawings thatContinue Reading

We recently met the super-talented New York-based Japanese artist-illustrator Akane Ogura, who showed us one of the awesome reclaimed vintage denim tote bags she has designed. We hear these have been selling out. Ogura also has designed lots of other cool totes, too, all hand-made by the artist. We reallyContinue Reading

This graphic on a wall in Shibuya, in Tokyo, looks and feels like a piece of street art and could have been created by stencil, paint-print, heat transfer or painted by hand. It may be graphical logo for a restaurant or company brand mark. Whatever it is, we think it’sContinue Reading

We stumbled upon this super cool drawing by the prolific Japanese illustrator Yuko Shimizu in the B&A Journal. Shimuzu’s work has been in the New York Times, the New Yorker and Rolling Stone, among other publications, and has appeared in ad campaigns for Microsoft, Target, and Visa, as well asContinue Reading