Vibrant and Colourful – The Work of Keichi Tanaami


I was sitting in a Starbucks in Kyoto when I spied the scarf shop next door selling some really whacky prints, as soon as I’d gulped down my Matcha latte I raced next door to take a look. It was the work of Keichi Tanaami, born in 1936 in Tokyo and still working today.  The young Keichi was obsessed with American subculture, he immersed himself in comic books, animation and b-grade movies instead of studying Picasso. His use of pattern, particularly dot matrix, and colour was ahead of it’s time, the content is equally intriguing and disturbing, go ahead and be mesmerized!




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Categories: New Illustration

Author:Andrea Innocent

I fell in love with a pencil. I hold him tightly every day and take him everywhere I go. I had no choice but to become an illustrator. You can see more of my work at

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2 Comments on “Vibrant and Colourful – The Work of Keichi Tanaami”

  1. April 21, 2014 at 7:49 am #

    Reblogged this on Not for the Faint of Heart..

  2. bernadetteyoungquist
    April 25, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

    Wow, I’d like a bit of the imagination that created these! Love all the color.


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