2016 has been an awesome year full of fun projects, awesome clients and all around good times. So what better way to finish off the year than with a trip to Japan! I had the honor of being a guest at the first annual Tokyo Comic Con and it was an awesome show! Let's rewind a bit to see how it all went down.
Earlier this year, my good friend & long time collector Shinji was visiting LA from Japan. He came by my art studio with a proposal of having me paint a mural live for the first ever Tokyo Comic Con. In true Godfather style, he gave me an offer I could not refuse. LOL
I was given creative freedom and full trust on this project, after a quick brainstorm meeting with Shinji I found out that DC Japan had a big involvement in Tokyo Comic Con. I took this as a cue for the theme of the mural. I also found out that everyone in Japan is eagerly anticipating the Wonder Woman movie in 2017 and just like that... I had my subject.
After I was happy with the concept and the composition, I pulled up the Montana Gold color chart, which you can be download from their website. I picked out all the colors I would need, then I bought all the spray paint online and had it shipped to Japan.
With all those things in order I packed up the fam, jumped in an uber, headed to LAX and hopped on a flight to Tokyo!
Godzilla movies and food, I was surprised how fast the 12 hour flight went! lol
As soon as we landed we hit the ground running, the transit system is really user friendly if you grew up in NYC, it's just way cleaner and more polite.
This isn't a travel blog so I'll keep this part brief but I will say that we touched down in Shibuya, Tokyo, Chiba, Ginza, Akihabara and Kamakura, which was where the following pic was taken.
If you really want to see the trip in detail you can backtrack on my instagram account @kanokid.
Once we spent a week exploring, eating and site seeing it was time for me to head to the convention center and inspect the wall that was being built for me to paint. When I got to the convention, Shinji and the crew were all business, everything was legit and super organized. Thank you to Mr. Ochiai, Mr. Kiuchi, for your tremendous efforts in installing this huge canvas. And huge shout out to Mr. Oishi an organizer and all the sponsors for allowing this awesome opportunity.
Miko Kuroki kept me company throughout the production of the mural, he used two cameras for all the footage on this video, extraordinary work! I'd also like to give a big shout out to Moto for being my translator and for keeping me hydrated during the process. enjoy the video!
The mural was completed on Saturday evening and brought in to the convention center where it was waiting for me on Sunday. It was nice to see it presented as one of the main attractions inside the con.
After my job was done, I could finally enjoy the convention and make the rounds. The convention was packed and there were cosplayers everywhere.
I did say Cosplayers right? you know your boy just had to...LOL
I got to meet some fellow artist and fans, since I couldn't bring any of the spray paint back with me, I signed a couple of cans for them.
Last but not least I got to meet one of my favorite sculptors and designers to follow on instagram, Taku Obata! He's a beast, check out his work.
Japan was an amazing time and this trip was super epic because I got to bring my wife and kids. It was fun traveling, painting and playing rockstar for a full 10 days. I'm so thankful for all the awesome opportunities I get in this art life. I'm looking forward to putting more art and good vibes in to the universe for 2017. Thank you Shinji!!! We Love japan!!!