Possessed by a passion for Hip-Hop and underground pop culture since a teenager, TOMI-E boarded a plane to the U.S. when he was just 16 years old. He did not know a single person nor speak English.
Armed only with a spray can, he started splashing and spraying graffiti art on the streets up and down the West Coast of the U.S. Developing an immediate following for his unique East meets West aesthetic, TOMI-E studied under many of the subculture artistic heroes of the time, learning English and American culture.
After 4 years as a street artist in the U.S., he returned to Japan in 1994.
Over the past 20 years, TOMI-E built a reputation as one of the foremost creative voices In Japan. From street art to painting, live performances, Illustration, commercial production and package design.
He became an icon for freedom and individualism for Japan's youth. His vision without limits.
Recently TOMI-E focuses on mastering Japanese traditional 浮世絵 / UKIYOE printing techniques, combing it with his signature artistic sensibility.
TOMI-E now makes his US debut with an exclusive showing of his works at the iconic Mauro's Cafe in Los Angeles, California.
The Angel and the Devil: The only one of kind
Copy Writer Takashi Nakahata
Jekyll x Hyde = TOMI-E