TAIKAN BY
FACE

Tell us a bit about yourself and your background?

I collaborate with magazines drawing some cuts and stuff. I have good connections with fashion industry. Recently I have started working with Nigo® and Human Made®, also worked for Sneeze Magazine and Avi Gold.

You carry a strong perspective with your imagery. What drove you toward this aesthetic?

I got lots of inspiration from 90’s street art. That’s basis of my work, and mixing it with what I get in my daily life.

Who are your biggest creative inspirations?

It is very hard to chose the one. There are many favorite artists. I get inspired by all of people who I think cool without any regulation. All people all ages all categories.

Outside of illustration, what are some of your other influences?

on, music etc… All of things influence me a lot.

Where is your favourite place to travel? Why?

I’d say New York is the one. It is difficult to describe a certain reason, but I always get excited when I be there. And London is another one. I went there for the first time last year, the atmosphere was so good as well and I liked.

How does social media play a role in your work?

The beginning of my career was just a message on Instagram, so if there is no social media I might not be here. Now I get opportunities of work collaboration though it, I still can say social media is a big existence for me.

You could hang with anyone dead or alive… Who would it be? Where would you go? What would you do?

I want to travel with my wife, maybe Hawaii or any other resort. We haven’t traveled much actually.

You can choose three albums to listen to for the rest of your life.. Go!

The Blue Hearts by The Blue Hearts

Seventeen’s Map by Yutaka Ozaki

Bolero by Mr. Children

Who are you listening to right now?

I love to listen old Japanese pop songs.

What does your daily routine look like? Or do you have a daily ritual?

Core training, because my lower stomach sticks out recently. lol

Do you have a 3:00am guilty pleasure snack

I always eat chips during gaming midnight. “Kataage Potato (Seaweed flavor)” is my favorite.

Tell us a funny story about yourself?

I actually love to watch television more than draw. lol

Can you describe the time when you first realized that illustrating was something that you absolutely had to pursue?

Since I was in school, I loved drawing. And I already noticed my friends or family liked my work and enjoyed it.

Do you have a dream project that you would like to execute?

I want to have more opportunities overseas and dream of holding exhibitions.

What are some of your favorite spots in Japan?

Shibuya, Tokyo.

What are the top five things that you want to accomplish in the next five years?

Solo exhibition somerhere outside Japan

Improving English skill

Collaboration with my favorite brand

Becoming more popular

Travel with my wife

What’s one item you never leave home without? Or one item you can always find in your Taikan bag.

Mobile phone, wallet, cigarettes and key.

How can people see more of your work? Website, social handles etc

HP https://www.faceoka.com

Instagram face_oka

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