1. Introducing Toshikazu Nozaka for etnies


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    http://etni.es/nozaka-collection etnies is proud to introduce a limited edition collaboration with contemporary artist Toshikazu Nozaka. As a professional skateboarder in the 90s, Nozaka found another outlet for his creativity in traditional Japanese tattoos. Though rooted in spirituality, he brings the ancient art to today's masses with an undeniable Western influence. Still as apparent as ever, in both his art and his skateboarding, are the clean, smooth lines we've come to appreciate as Nozaka style. We present the etnies Nozaka Collection, available now: http://etni.es/nozaka-collection

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      With mind bending meticulous detail, Usugrow’s work crosses the line between bad ass and refined elegance. While developing his vision and technique, Usugrow worked designing promotional graphics for Japan's punk and metal scenes, Usugrows unique, stylized combination of traditional Japanese artwork and punk iconography soon made him the visual identity of Tokyo’s underground, But Usugrows’ global notoriety begun when overseas brands saw the potential for collaborative projects, resulting in a series of collectable products and feature articles in leading counterculture and art publications. A global cult following quickly resulted. As a conscious leader of his community, Usugrow has been using his fame to organize and promote a new Japanese art movement consisting of a tribe of highly talented artists with roots in the metal, punk, hip hop and tattoos, all of whom share his elegant aesthetics. This group, known as The Shinganists (The Outsiders) consists of Usugrow, Mozyskey, Toshikazu Nozaka, Bene & Jun Kaneko and have exhibited collectively and individually across the globe, representing a true and revolutionary art movement. Motifs of skulls and death are commonly depicted Usugrows black and white artwork, however instead acting as reminders our own mortality, Usugrow endeavors to represent them as symbols of rebirth and beauty. Toshikazu exhibited along side fellow Shinganist artist Usugrow at Backwoods Gallery in July 2011 backwoodsgallery.com for more information TOSHIKAZU NOZAKA : vimeo.com/29904721

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      • Asahi Hit+Run Project


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        As part of the Asahi Silver+Black exhibition and retail space project, Urchin and T-World invited the Hit+Run founders to Australia for the first time to screen print a limited edition run of T-shirts with designs from Eli Sipsas, Kofie One, Usugrow, Toshikazu Nozaka, She One, Cryptik

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          As pro-skateboarder in early 90s and started down the masters path of traditional Japanese tattooing from a very unique perspective, since then collecting almost 20 years of experience. During this time period Toshikazu also realised the importance of conveying his perspective of Japanese spiritualism to as wide an audience as possible and thus begun working as an artists, exhibiting in several international galleries and amassing a respectable community of high profile collectors. Toshikazu combines the time honored tradition of Japanese tattoo art with skateboarding, punk and contemporary iconography placing him as amongst Japans most unique contemporary artists. Toshikazu also heads a Japanese skateboard brand named AsianWave. Toshikazu exhibited along side fellow Shinganist artist Usugrow at Backwoods Gallery in July 2011 and performed a residency at Fox Body Arts Studio in Collingwood during his 2 week stay. www.backwoodsgallery.com for more information

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          • 'Oriental Elements' by Toshikazu Nozaka & Usugrow


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            We catch up with Japanese artist Usugrow and his Shinganist colleague Toshikazu Nozaka as they prepare for their new show at Backwoods Gallery Melbourne (www.backwoodsgallery.com) on July 15th 2011

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