Right before I returned to Kobe, I looked up artists in the area that I could contact for possible meetups. First name up was DAAS, an American artist now based in Kobe, Japan. The images of his work that I researched were awesome, exactly the kind of art I dig, so I contacted him and he got back to me and the rest is history.
I met him for the first time today. He is one of 5 artists painting/designing two ramen vending machines each for arguably the best ramen shop in Osaka: KINRYU RAMEN (Dragon Ramen.) I am so impressed by the ramen shop owner for commissioning such a project because it is rare. So rare, that this may be the first ramen shop in all of Japan to do such a thing. And I think it’s a great move. The machines will be outside. The place is open 24 hrs. and diners sit on tatami mats to eat. It just sounds like a very cool operation.
Here is Day 1 of the vending machine project in progress with DAAS. One design is abstract and one design is a dragon! Very cool:
To see more of DAAS’ work: http://artist-daas.com/
14may14. Osaka, Japan.