One of the most interesting things about living in Tokyo is the abundance of creative minds, all gathered in one megapolis. I mingle with a crowd of writers, photographers, painters, musicians, stylists, event organizers, DJs, graphic designers- all artists in their own way, passionate about their art, and like-minded, which can be very stimulating. This city is full of opportunities, and if you take them, Tokyo can be yours to play in- that's the beauty of it.
My closest friend in Japan, Mike (aka Prince Ness), is a painter/illustrator and has recently been featured in Dazed and Confused's Satellite Voices. I thought he had interesting things to share about being an artist in Tokyo, about living abroad and trying to make it in the madness that is this city. I'm proud of him for what he has accomplished here, as I know how difficult it can be to break into the art scene in Tokyo, but somehow he has managed to do it.