June/July 2016 / Spirit of Shokunin

In tribute to our 8 years of art within the Japantown neighborhood and to the craftmanship of each artist, we present to you "Spirit of Shokunin"

“The Japanese word shokunin is defined by both Japanese and Japanese-English dictionaries as ‘craftsman’ or ‘artisan,’ but such a literal description does not fully express the deeper meaning.  The Japanese apprentice is taught that shokunin means not only having technical skills, but also implies an attitude and social consciousness. … The shokunin has a social obligation to work his/her best for the general welfare of the people.  This obligation is both spiritual and material, in that no matter what it is, the shokunin’s responsibility is to fulfill the requirement.” – Tasio Orate.

This is a showcase of artists we've had the opportunity to work with over the years. We are thankful for all the friendships we've built and look forward to many new ones!


Artwork by: Abel Gonzalez, Abraham Menor, Anabella Pinon, Andrew Schoultz, Ariel Wilson, Beans, Ben Alexy, Ben Henderson, Benny Diar, Bigfoot, Caitlin Hackett, Carlos Agrillo,  Chad Hasegawa, Chip7, Chris Gonzales, Colin Frangicetto, Cristovoe, Crystal Morey, Daisy Ortiz, Drew Flores, Drew Roulette, Emilio Banuelos, Erlin Geffrard, Espi,  Fernando “Force129” Amaro Jr., Frances Marin, Girafa, Gwen Mercado-Reyes, Harv, Ivan Gonzalez Jayde Fish, Jai Tanju, Jason Arnold, Jay222, Jeff Meadows, Jessica Eastburn, Jill Bonny, Joe Miller, John Barrick, Joseph To, Josh Marcotte, Juan Carlos Araujo,  Keith Martin, Ken Davis, Kori Thompson, Kristin Farr, Kristopher Kotcher, Lacey Bryant, Lauren Napolitano, Manik Dub, Matteo Serna,  Mesngr, Mitsy Avila Aguila, Nancy Ahn, Opski, Orly Locquiao, Paco Excel,  Pacolli, Pellet, Roan Victor, Sam Rodriguez, Sandra Wang, Sean Boyles, Tamiko Rast, Tim Diet, Tyson Johnston, William Moran,  Zook58