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She Was Born Into Vengeance by Shingo Shimizu

I'm sure everybody has seen the movie: 'Kill Bill vol.1' by Quentin Tarantino. Lucy Liu's character borrows quite a lot from a character in a 1973 Japanese film called 'Lady Snowblood', starring Kaji Meiko. She also sings the theme song, which is also used for the final battle scene between Lucy Liu and Uma Thurman in 'Kill Bill'. If you don't know it, take a look here. Similarities are all over the place! Such a fun film.

Anyhow, this main character became the theme for my submission for the DOS group show. If you haven't seen what I did last year, take a look here. This time around, I attempted another mash up of cultures with the 'Dia de los Muertos' theme with Japanese Samurai Cinema. I wanted to keep it dark, but unlike last year, I wanted it to be badass.

I've got some 18x24" (out of 100) available for sale (DOS Show) as well as one giant 24x36" framed print! Of course if you're interested, let me know.

1 of 1. 24" x 36" print framed

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Limited Giclee prints of 100. 18" x 27" photo by Society Vernacular

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Limited Giclee prints of 100. 18" x 27" photo by Morris Lum

All the works will be up at #Hashtag Gallery, until August 6! 

***CLOSING RECEPTION AUGUST 2nd 7pm-12am***

Come by for drinks, art, and shoulder-rubbing with the best of Toronto's art scene. Hope to see you there!

DOS: In the Works by Shingo Shimizu

Just getting ready for an upcoming group art show DOS this Friday July 19 @ Evergreen Brick Works. Tacos will be provided by La Carnita and Big Star (Chicago), with music by Dj Platurn and Grandtheft. Pretty excited as my friends: Jacqui Oakley, Jamie Lawson and Carson Ting will be in it as well! Don't forget to buy tickets in advance and arrive early! Hope to see you all there.

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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

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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!

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

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

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Blocking out shapes.

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Adding way too many things...

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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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