OSAKA, JAPAN STREET ART: ASTRONAUT by DAAS

“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:

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“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, JAPAN STREET ART: ALAN WATTS BY DAAS

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.