A self taught painter / illustrator / graphic designer, Taka was born in Yokohama, Japan in 1971. He moved to the U.S. in 1981 and relocated himself in Santa Monica where the early 80’s Skateboarding scene had a huge impact on his life & art. He began drawing at a very early age and spent most of it either skating or experimenting with art. Some of his past projects have been for Vans Syndicate, 74, Union LA, and LAMF a new clothing company by the Cult’s lead singer Ian Astbury. He currently works with Stussy, where he has been designing for two and a half years and on top of his busy schedule he is still able to work on his own t-shirt project called Destroy Your Enemy aka DxYxEx.
More recently Taka has teamed up with Vans and put out some amazing footwear.