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.

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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.