Tadanori Yokoo

From wikipedia:

Tadanori Yokoo (born 1936) is one of Japan's most successful and internationally recognized graphic designers and artists. His early work shows the influence of the New York based Push Pin Studio (Milton Glaser and Seymour Chwast in particular) but Yokoo himself cites filmmaker Akira Kurosawa and writer Yukio Mishima as two of his most formative influences. In the late 1960s he became interested in mysticism and psychedelia, deepened by travels in India. Because his work was so attuned to 1960s pop culture, he has often been (unfairly) described as the "Japanese Andy Warhol" or likened to psychedelic poster artist Peter Max, but Yokoo's complex and multi-layered imagery is intensely autobiographical and entirely original.

(These scans are from the ever-inspiring blog "A Journey Round My Skull." I highly recommend taking a gander at his flickr page and blog for more illustration and graphic design sweetness.)

Also of note is the Two LP picture disc "Opera from the works of Tadanori Yokoo" by Toshi Ichiyanagi which Mutant Sound has made available, and describes as:
"...an unique amalgamated mixture of lysergic demented psychedelic assault-like stunt rock, a aural whirlwind filled with acid folk ramblings, tape collages, field recording excerpts, radio commercial snippets, roaring jet engines, electronic music excursions into the vast unexcavated canyons and dungeons of your mind, squealing sound fragments of frogs mating in a nearby pond, drowned out enka escapades, kayokyoku excursions into no mans land, Takakura Ken nasal singing, spoken word fragmentation bombs by Kara Juro amongst others, traffic noises, sonic sound clusters of blistering fuzzed out psychedelic mayhem, stratosphericstatic electronic hissing, radio news broadcast flashes, vintage electronic tape music escapades, chirping cricket orchestras in a distant backgroundand so much more non-adaptive and deranged sonic activity."

(Jordan, I'm going to recommend it to you without even giving it a listen.)

photo of Tadanori Yokoo


I can't gather much about this, but I love this too:
Tadanori Yokoo & Bohemians ビッグバンダナ TATOO FRONT & TATOO BACK

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