Original anime graphic tees and posters
Original anime graphic tees and posters

2015 International Festival of Raleigh


I recently volunteered to assist in preparing the Japan booth for the 2015 International Festival of Raleigh. The theme for this year was "30-year history" so we did a theme of the 30-year history of Japanese games.


The group came up with an awesome idea of designing the booth to resemble the first level of Mario and the other to look like Pac-Man! Then we invited people to take pictures in front of the backdrops (this was very popular with the kids). The images were hand created by a talented member of the Nippon Club of the Triangle.  


On the left side, we created a timeline of noteworthy Japanese games and technology spanning 30 years (and yes there is a slight Nintendo bias ^_^").


We provided props to make the pictures more entertaining (I think it worked ^_^).

The booth was popular with adults too.

familiar faces

I even met some familiar faces! The two ladies to the left (viewer's left)  in beautiful Lolita fashion are regular acquaintances at Animazement anime convention and are always in amazing cosplay! 

Needless to say volunteering at the festival and working with the Nippon Club of the Triangle was a lot of fun and I may do so again next year. ^_^

Meanwhile somewhere in Japan

The Japanese are known for their weird quirky things. And this clip is proof that they haven't lost their touch.

Honestly, I don't rememeber the last time I had a burger from a fast food joint. They're all freaking disgusting in my opinion.
And this clip took that grossness to another level. Yet... it was strangely relaxing watch as the person took their time to create a happy meal out of mystery powder.
June 22, 2014 by Justin A
Tags: Japan

Zero Frame

Zero Frame

I have always been a huge fan of anime involving mecha (anime talk for machines). Shows like Gundam series, Evangelion, Escaflowne, Code Geass, even the classic Transformers all fall under this category.
I love the mechanical details the artists put into the machines. One could almost imagine them existing in the real world. So I really wanted to design a mecha themed shirt, but also illustrate a cutaway art of the mecha showing some of the internal mechanical goblins ^_^. I also used a member of our ever-increasing cast of mascots, "Mie chan: as the pilot XD.


My visit to Uniqlo

So a week ago from today, I took a needed hiatus. And as part of my newly found love for travelling, I decided to go visit New York City. Oh by the way, if you live in the US and you haven't been, you should definitely consider it. Of all the places worth checking out, I made a quick stop at the Uniqlo store on Soho. I was curious to see what they offered in the realm of anime.

Verdict: While Uniqlo is an awesome brain child of Japanese entrepreneurs, it is mainly focused on the boutique fashion brand image. You can class Uniqlo with the likes of high-end brands like .... umm, Kenneth Cole or HugoBoss. The anime section in the store was embarrassingly small (in terms of % of real estate it occupied in the store). Led me to believe it was a mere gesture to the store's heritage as a Japanese brand. But don't get me wrong what little anime ware they had, was impressive enough to force one to cough up the dough for it. Who knows, maybe the Uniqlo stores in Japan have a heavier anime presence.

May 26, 2011 by boomslank

We're giving back.

After the disaster in Japan, I will admit , it never really crossed my mind to give back. Don't get me wrong I gave last year for the disaster in Haiti. But when you have your own problems, you tend to forget about the less fortunate. Anyways, tornadoes recently landed in our area and rendered a lot of neighbors homeless.Watching people in the area struggle to put their lives together, I sympathized greatly. I could feel their wishes for help of any kind. Then my mind went back to Japan. Those poor souls suffered a 1-2-3 punch of an earthquake, a tsunami , and a series of meltdowns. Talk about having a really bad day. I felt shame that I never considered giving anything to offer aid. Whatever my problems are, is nothing compared to what the folks in the "land of the rising sun" are dealing with.

Image is property of www.globalgiving.org

Long story short, my brother and I decided to print a shirt for the Japan earthquake tsunami relief fund. 30% of the proceeds will go to helping folks in Japan. The only thing we need to decide on is which organization to send our money. :) . So keep an eye out for the shirt.

Genki Sudo

I don't know when I found out about these guys and their work, but I try to watch all their stuff. They dance with such precision. Here are my favorites so far. [youtube=http://youtu.be/r-qhj3sJ5qs]

April 13, 2011 by boomslank

Our original gate keeper

The original gate keeper. We couldn't find any printer that could make this one. Too many colors they said :D. One printer quoted us $128 bucks per shirt!!!
So we had to scale it down on the colors.

Strike Witch

I created the assassin known as the Strike Witch (real name unknown ^_^”). I really had fun on this one especially designing her weapon.
More pics at our Flickr page.

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This design makes me laugh because it was a simple design for one of our mascots Shin.

More pics at our Flickr page.


Airport II

I really love fantasy or any thing out of the ordinary. And I think that side of me shows up in this design. I always fantasize about catching a ride on a bird or an insect XD.
More pics at our Flickr page.

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