La Carnita

La Carnita 2013 Skull Print by Shingo Shimizu

So, I'm currently working on some new skull work for the upcoming DOS show. In the mean time, check out the skull I did for La Carnita restaurant below. :D


La Carnita restaurant approached me to create a new limited edition (I think it was 1000) skull art print for them. If you don't know, La Carnita is pretty well known in Toronto for it's take on Mexican street food (mostly tacos), with a modern flair. The interior is a fun mix of graffitti, and layers of printed skulls on the walls. 

Being my third time to create a skull for them, I couldn't help but think I was out of ideas, as I had done at least 6 skulls (La Carnita included). 

At the time I was really drawn to simple patterns and shapes. Also for some reason, I kept thinking that I had to brand it somehow, and include some sort of reference to carnita tacos.

Anyhow take a look at it from start to finish!


Yes very luminato mixed with that cute little piggy from 'Babe'.


...or one of the pyramids could be from space? hmm.


Blocking out shapes.

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Adding way too many things...


At this point, realizing a little too much is going on.

FINAL VERSION: 5x7" 1000 prints. Stripped the elements down for the final, realizing that less is more. Voila!

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New Group Show Announcement! by Shingo Shimizu

I am happy to announce that I will be part of a new group art show (by La Carnita and HXfour) on Friday April 13th in Toronto, at the Evergreen Brickworks.

I am so excited to be included with such an awesome group of artists: Mike GiantSam Flores, Greg Lamarche, Hydro 74Johnny CrapDubelyooAbe Lincoln JrMisk,DoublenautDave GlantzMatt BarnesShingo ShimizuRcadeVlad HatoBryan EspirituTavis Coburn, Amber J, Angie Fey, Brian Mendoza, Matt Darling and of course the super duper Ms. Jacqui Oakley! Music by: Mastermind & DJ X (remember their mixtapes from back in the day?), Fathom and Don Valley.

There will be prints for sale, as well as lots of delicious tacos to be eaten! So please do arrive early with empty stomachs.

Sold Out Show @ La_Carnita by Shingo Shimizu

photo by Stephen Ho

Sold out show this afternoon @la_carnita today! Can't believe I had beef cheeks, blue berries and bone marrow in a taco. Insane! May slip in a food coma soon.


Thank you to all those who made it today making it an amazing afternoon! Especially those who waited in line, and were stuck outside under the blistering sun. Thank you for your support and patience! Good thing that they were giving out free water bottles at outside of Totem Fitness next door. What a great turn out! I remember seeing the line up go out on the street, right up to Brassaii restaurant (on King West).

I also want to thank Amin Todai and Andrew Richmond for letting me do this. It was great to meet the amazing team at One Method Inc. and the volunteers as well. Hope to see you soon. I'd like to also thank Clay @ Spoke, for inviting me out to the first taco session!

For those of you who weren't able to make it today, not to worry. It will happen again soon with another artist and another super chef. Sign up for the newsletter (right column) for updates!

Until the next one event, stay cool Toronto. Oh, and more photos to come, so stay tuned!

ps: did anybody catch the CBC coverage on the event broadcasted at 5pm today?



Progress: Art for La Carnita pt. 1 by Shingo Shimizu

Something I just finished for this upcoming Thursday (LUNCH TIME) @la_carnita!

It's my first 'dia de los muertos' - styled skull. Lots of fun!

It will be available as limited prints (only 150), with 3 of the most delicious tacos you've ever eaten.

Hope to see you this Thursday! Arrive early.



More info here>

Read the article in Toronto Life magazine >


New Art @ La Carnita / One Method Inc. by Shingo Shimizu


THURSDAY JULY 21, 2011 - 12PM


@ One Method Inc.

445 King St. West, Suite 201

Last thursday I stopped by the new office of One Method Inc., for the launch of 'La Carnita'. For the price of $10, it gets you a very cool limited edition artwork and 3 gourmet tacos (the best I've had). Every session there will be a different artist offering artwork. What a steal! So for the next lunch party, I will be offering a piece of art! :D

So if you're in the King & Spadina area at noon, definitely check it out. Arrive early! Last week I got stuck in traffic, and arrived at 12:45pm where there was already a huge line up. Admission was cut off just twenty people behind us. So again, arrive early!

Check out the photos below from last week's event. Their design team created the very nice logo and graphic.

btw, if you haven''t yet, come JOIN my artist FB page here!

Anyhow, Hope to see you there!