Sneakers and Art Come Together at artrA Season 2 in Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto

22.March.2022 | FASHION / SPOT

Street culture is ever-evolving, and sneakers play a big part in street fashion. Combining sneakers and art, the artrA project finished up its first 7-city tour last year, and is now ready to start Season 2!

 

Season 2 will also be sponsored by ASOBISYSTEM. The shoe store atmos, on a mission to promote Tokyo’s sneaker scene to the world, and the news app SmartNews are also contributing to the project as content partners to bring the event to Tokyo, Nagoya and Kyoto.

 

A total of 16 up-and-coming creators are participating in the exhibition. Illustrators, graphic designers, and painters will display their unique artwork based on the simple theme of one famous pair of sneakers. The original art will be sold and also transformed into artrA original merchandise. A sneaker lottery will be held, and 10 pairs of sneakers (100 pairs in total during the event) will be given away at the venues each day.

 

Participating Creators

an / Illustrator 
https://www.instagram.com/aooooo1995/ 

BEY / Illustrator 
https://www.instagram.com/beytaro_0912/ 

BANBU / Artist 
https://www.instagram.com/banbu.daishi/ 

hitotsume / Illustrator 
https://www.instagram.com/hitotsume/ 

Jeremy Yamamura / Artist 
https://www.instagram.com/jeremy_yamamura/ 

KENTOO / Artist 
https://www.instagram.com/k2rocker/ 

kousuke Shimizu / Artist, Art Director
https://www.instagram.com/kousuke_kou/ 

KRAP / Artist 
https://www.instagram.com/krap_sae/ 

Morita Manabu by WOOD / Artist 
https://www.instagram.com/wood_dw/ 

MOYA / Painter 
https://www.instagram.com/moya_mk16/ 

SHIOTSU (Cartoon Mafia) / DJ, Illustrator 
https://www.instagram.com/djshiotsu/ 

tarou2 / Animator, Illustrator 
https://www.instagram.com/tarou2/ 

T.D BRUDER / Artist
https://www.instagram.com/t.d.bruder/

TM paint / Artist 
https://www.instagram.com/tmpaint/ 

itui / Illustrator 
https://twitter.com/it_ui 

Shouko Nagamine / Illustrator
https://www.instagram.com/sn___illust/

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    Advance tickets for the Budokan concert will be available to fan club members until May 16. The official website will begin general sales on May 20. 

     

    ©Aki Ishii

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