“Astronauts are inherently insane. And really noble.” ― Andy Weir, The Martian

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1jun16. Osaka, Japan.

OSAKA, JAPAN STREET ART: Gabriel García Márquez by DAAS

A new Colombian bar and restaurant is opening in Osaka and the owner wants the theme to be of Macondo, the fictional town in Gabriel García Márquez’s most famous novel, “One Hundred Years of Solitude.”  Osaka-based American artist DAAS, has been commissioned to paint a portrait of the beloved novelist.

Featured below are some photos to share the perspective and to show the mural’s urban surroundings. You can see that by the end, butterflies have been added to the overall aesthetic. All that is required of the artist now is a bit of ‘fine-tuning,’ but for the most part, this is what it will look like:



“It’s enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment.”
― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude                                                                                      


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― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

8 & 12may16. Sakuragawa, Osaka, Japan.


Osaka-based, American transplant, artist DAAS is making Osaka more beautiful one mural at a time. Japan is slow to embrace the value of masterful street art pieces for the betterment of its communities, but it’s great to see that at least, DAAS is contributing to the progress in that direction. Here is his “Alan Watts” piece on the side of Kuma Cafe in Tempozan. (The owner/s of Kuma Cafe deserve a shout out for their support of public art!) 

Tokidoki: Why Alan Watts? (One of my absolute favorite philosophers/thinkers!)

DAAS: I don’t really have anyone I consider a “hero” per se, but after being invited to have my work featured in a street art book with the theme of “heroes”, I thought about someone who I admired and who made an impact on me. I really enjoy his words and philosophies about life and culture. I wanted this mural to bring more awareness to who he was. That’s why I chose Alan Watts. 


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“…tomorrow and plans for tomorrow can have no significance at all unless you are in full contact with the reality of the present, since it is in the present and only in the present that you live.” – Alan Watts

12mar16. Osaka, Japan.


Osaka-based American artist DAAS was involved in a special art project for the Takutsuki City Council last Sunday. He created a “Color by Numbers” canvas and encouraged passersby to select a number from a box and then paint the corresponding number grid on the canvas. The result is quite cool. It’s legitimately a DAAS piece (the geometric style) that is also a unique collaboration with the community. All pics are mine, of course, *Except – the final pic showing the final piece (looks great!) is from DAAS’ Facebook page. *Also important to note is the exceptional gray grid on the canvas ~ that was my contribution. The art world is welcome. 🙂

I asked DAAS why he chose the bird-piece, “Migration.” He said:

This design was originally part of a larger one done for a mural in Toride (near Tokyo) which did not get accepted. It was supposed to go on a highway overpass and thus inspired by travel and movement, hence the title “Migration.” When I was asked to do a mural for Takatsuki station, I immediately went to that previous design and reworked it a bit. It’s a painting that I have been wanting to do for almost a year now and finally got the chance.

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16nov14. Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan.


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Owl ~

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Panther ~

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Geo Tiger ~

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Survival of the Fittest~

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Harpy ~

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Formations ~

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Follow the Light, the Light Will Be Your Guide ~

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Look into the Light ~

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DAAS with “The Space Between” in the background ~

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28sep14. Kyoto, Japan.


DAAS was inspired by this Jimi Hendrix song when he created this piece.

“If 6 Was 9”

Yeah, sing the song, Bro’

If the sun refuse to shine,
I don’t mind, I don’t mind,
If the mountains fell in the sea,
let it be, it ain’t me.
Alright, ‘cos I got my own world to look through,
And I ain’t gonna copy you.

Now if 6 turned out to be 9,
I don’t mind, I don’t mind,
Alright, if all the hippies cut off all their hair,
I don’t care, I don’t care.
Dig, ‘cos I got my own world to live through
And I ain’t gonna copy you.

White collared conservative flashing down the street,

Pointing their plastic finger at me.
They’re hoping soon my kind will drop and die,
But I’m gonna wave my freak flag high, high.
Wave on, wave on
Fall mountains, just don’t fall on me
Go ahead on Mr. Business man, you can’t dress like me.
Sing on Brother, play on drummer.

~Jimi Hendrix

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28sep14. Kyoto, Japan.

For more info on DAAS’ work:


Part of DAAS’ evolution as an artist, is his new focus on the eyes. He’s using specific colors to ‘highlight’ his subjects’ eyes. After talking to him, DAAS doesn’t always have hidden meanings in his work, sometimes it’s as simple as just liking the way certain colors go together. So maybe subconsciously he chose ‘red’ for this matador (red flag waving the bull.) Part of the beauty of art, is interpreting it the way you personally see it and feel it. I tend to take this approach often with DAAS pieces. He can say there was nothing deeper intended, but it evokes my imagination tangibly.

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18sep14. Kyoto, Japan.


Osaka-based, American artist DAAS, is having an exhibition of his work at Taiga do Gallery in Kyoto, Japan from Sep 25-Oct4, 2014. I’ll be doing a several-part series on the exhibition in order to highlight a few of the 13 pieces he has on display. The poster for the event features his work, “Illuminated.” What I found so interesting was how the poster looked throughout Gion, Kyoto’s old historic district, famous for teahouses, maiko, and geisha. So much of the area is preserved for history, so something as simple as getting a poster up, really isn’t that simple. With that in mind, as I walked around, and actually saw the poster up on various walls, sometimes with Japanese people standing around it or walking past it…I thought it looked like its own kind of exhibition  on the street. Here are some of the images:

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28sep14. Kyoto, Japan.