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Hangin’ with the Genki Group!

November 23rd, 2009 No comments

the happiness of artists k, taka and yukino is utterly infectious. giggling, taking photos and enjoying the company of their visitors, these three women make really art FUN!

k, 22 and a part-time freelancer, enjoys beer, coffee and giraffes and her dream is ply her trade illustrating japan’s public baths;

taka, 23, is already a part-time illustrator who enjoys the sky, the sea and animals, and aspires to create memorable pieces, most enjoyably portraits;

yukino, 22, is an office worker who’s sole pleasure comes from sleeping. her perfect lifestyle would be a cat-like existence, eating, snoozing, maybe even licking herself.

today’s their last day, so rush down and let their exuberance rub off on you, you’ll feel better for meeting them, i know i do!

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Inkers from Coast to Coast!

November 23rd, 2009 No comments

hailing from pennsylvania, dave watson, 35, was a fledgling tattoo artist who inked his first customer, eric goodman, 30, for free. that encounter lead the two artists to collaborate from across the country, mixing and matching style, and so was born


both have visited japan before, many times, one while touring with his band, the other for the fuck of it, and now they’re back again, displaying their work at the DF gallery.

eric’s married to a japanese woman and has a kid, and is seriously thinking of putting down some roots here in the big T, while Dave will be starting his own tattoo business come the new year – and we wish them both well.

in the meantime, get down here before closing to check out some funky, in-your-face, street art and meet two guys who look a helluva lot meaner than they act.


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Worm Girl and Devil Design!

November 23rd, 2009 No comments

whoa! while the devil may be in the details, she  is also holding court at our galleries, at least just until today.

the age-defying DEVIMARU takes great care and uses outlandishly positive color schemes in here playful and oh-so-bright illustrations.

sharing quarters with beelzabub, is 22 year-old Himi Tsuyo, whose simpler style is no less macabre, but a bit less involved.

the pair, while seemingly both friendly and harmless, are exhibiting their penchant for despair and the world below until the end of business today… so dare to drop by and say ‘hola’!

for more info on both artists, please visit their respective site at*


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@bstraction and illustration in the tatami room

November 23rd, 2009 No comments

echoing an influence by the late abstract expressionist Sam Francis, 27 year-old Anna’s (l) work brings pastel crayons and paper together in color and form. while some of her work is simple in execution, others show interesting and shapely detail.

sharing the DF East 304 space is nanako (r), 36, who has been into (rakugaki) illustration since she was 3! seemingly doodling, she composes hybrid pieces borrowing as well from collage.

today’s there last day, so if you’re in the area, pop in and take a gandar!


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September 10th, 2009 No comments


Have you ever been to Design Festa before?

WHAT!?!? Well, then this is a great way to experience it from the inside out.

Design Festa is Japan’s, and Asia’s, largest free-style art event.

Lonely Planet describes it as ‘THE place to get a good idea of what Tokyo’s working artists are doing.’

But we humbly call it ‘ARTISTIC CHAOS!!!’

And who doesn’t want to invite bit of choas into their lives?

But wait there’s more… This next event marks our OFFICIAL 15TH ANNIVERSARY and we need some help documenting it for posterity!

So, if you speak English, French, German, Italian… or maybe some Japanese – if you have a digital camera or a video camera (DV) – if you’re an outgoing and friendly person – then please join us for some fun, frivolity, lotsa art and a bit of work!

We need:

– artist interviewers/photographers,
– artist interviewers/videographers (DV) and
– visitor interviewers/photographers/videographers (DV)

But what do you get in return for your wonderful help, besides that warm-fuzzy feeling inside? Well you get into the event for free (duh!), each day you get 1000 Yen cold, hard cash, a pair of complimentary tickets (to impress your friends, family etc), full access to everything, and you get to hang out with the DF crew!!! Plus, your equipment will be completely covered by our insurance, so no worries if you break something (as I did, and there was no problem whatsoever).

Ideally we’d like volunteers that can work both days (from 10 AM – 7 PM), but if you can only do one or the other, that’d be great just the same!

So, if this interests you, please drop us a line so that we can set up an informal interview. We’ll also need you equipment details (brand, model, serial number, year of purchase and amount paid).

If you want some more information, don’t be shy, contact either Stephen ( or Kazu (

We’re looking forward to hearing from you soon!



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Introducing…. introD!

July 14th, 2009 No comments

introD are a colorful collective of young, aspiring and pretty cool artists and illustrators who exude a natural excitement for their work, as well as positive personal energy. except for a few more intricate pieces, their group exhibition was mainly made up of wall-based illustrations, some of which were uber-cool, even beatnik-esque, which i found strange for such youthful artists.

however, age does not matter – it’s the art that counts, and i really, really liked some of their work. using the white walls of the gallery as their collective canvass, they reinterpreted the conventional rainbow of colors by purples, blues, oranges as well as other, more conventional rainbow colors.

so if you’re around the west gallery 1D space before the 19th, then why not pop in and take a look. i am sure that ayumi, na young chul, uchicha, matsushita and yuka would love to try to speak with you.



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