Pyschedelic pop art by 76-year old former Playboy art director

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Keiichi Tanaami’s colorful depictions of psychedelic Astro Boy and evil POpEye are fun, but much more meaningful when you understand that he’s a 76 year old active artist who was the first art director of Playboy Magazine four decades ago.

Johnny Strategy over at Spoon and Tamago says:

To understand his art one simply needs a brief history lesson into the artist himself. Highlights include experiencing the Great Tokyo Air Raid at age 9, experimenting with LSD in his 20s, travelling to New York and meeting Andy Warhol at age 31, and becoming the first art director of Playboy Magazine (Japan) at age 39.

Check out his latest exhibit, which is on display in Shibuya through August 5th.

via Spoon and Tamago

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