Shin Tanaka

Meet Shin Tanaka, graffiti artist and paper toy creator from japan. Starting with paper models of sneakers he has created a great variety of paper toys and made them accessible for customization so everybody can create their own paper toy goodness. There is a huge gallery of customized toys from people all over the world and special releases of his toy the Spike Baby here on his website. After shin created his toys for companies as Nike, Nooka, Adidas and many more he is now getting even deeper into the toy business. Read on to find out what the paper master from japan is up to next.

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-WHAT’S YOUR NAME?
Shin Tanaka

-WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Japan!

-WHAT DOES YOUR WORK CONSIST OF?
Graffiti design and paper toy creation.

-HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
I have collaborated with many people on paper toy custom projects. It’s over 10000, not only professional artists and famous brands but also amateurs and kids.

-WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
I always support art educations for schools and universities. Many art class teachers use my paper toys for the class to increase the creative mind of their students.

-WHAT IS THE WORST THING ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
I often make a lot of noise. When I’m making designs, I play HIPHOP music with mega volume. People around me may think it’s too noisy.

-IF YOU WEREN’T AN ARTIST, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING?
Technical researcher or PhD on bio-informatics.

-WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
Hip Hop music, the beats and rhyming flow brings me fresh inspiration.

-WHERE DOES CREATIVITY COME FROM?
Try and Error

-WHO’S WORK DO YOU LOOK UP TO?
Michael Lau

-WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU NEXT?
I’m going to work not only with paper toys but also vinyl and other materials.

-WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER PEOPLE IN YOUR FIELD ASPIRING TO GET TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?
To be honest with yourself and keep it REAL! Don’t to be a fake or imitation of someone. You are you.

-ONE DEFINING MOMENT OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR.
Last Sunday, I did a live painting with Devilrobots and David Horvath, it was very fantastic time.

-WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
Of course, Hip Hop!

SHIN TANAKA

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