Director Shinsuke Tatsukawa introduces us to four influential Japanese street artists; ESOW, AIKO, and the duo KAMI & SASU (aka HITOTZUKI). Each of the artists have their own individual design style, based on the emotions that they would like to express to the world. For some of the graffiti artists, it’s not about communicating with people through their art, but rather to simply get out there and release their ideas onto the drab canvas of the city. For other artists, they create their graffiti as a part of their exploration of themselves and the world that they live in.
This video is an excellent introduction to Japanese graffiti art because it’s not often that news of artists from this little island makes its way into the Western world. Each of the artists have a style that is their own, yet the influence of Japanese culture is apparent in all of their street art works. They’re giving us a view not only into their own minds, but into the culture upon which they build their graffiti art works.