I Recreate Favorite Memes In Japanese Print Styles (11 Pics)

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It began as a Christmas present for my wife, who is a big fan of the “Woman Yelling at Cat” meme. Since then, it has evolved into “Memes of the Floating World,” an ongoing art project. Classic Japanese woodblock print art and legends collide with memes, both dead and alive, and internet lore from the past and present in this weird dream realm. My infatuation with my grandmother’s little collection of original ukiyo-e on the walls of my childhood house sparked a lifelong obsession with Japanese art and culture. Takashi Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara are two of my Japanese art and design heroes. I’m pleased to be able to combine this historical painting form with modern pop culture in a unique way.

These are extremely time-consuming memes. The concept, research, sketching, and completion of each item takes many weeks. Traditional ink, paint, found things such as vintage paper and cloth, and digital processes are used to complete them. I make new memes available for purchase as art prints on a fairly regular basis, and I frequently document my creative process on Instagram. Stay tuned to my social media networks as I work on a book and unique home items. Whatever happens next will almost certainly be a little bit dreary.

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Woman Yelling At Cat—Ukiyo-e Style

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Longcat & Tacgnol—Ukiyo-e Style

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Doge Meme—Ukiyo-e Style

This Is Fine Meme—Ukiyo-e Style

Another Dead Meme Appears To Us As A Malevolent Yokai

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Dabbing With Demons

Confused Anime Pigeon Guy Meme—Ukiyo-e Style

Dead Meme Returns As Japanese Yokai

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“Are Ya Winning Son?” Meme

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Ok Meme—Japanese Ink Style

These are extremely time-consuming memes. The concept, research, sketching, and completion of each item takes many weeks. Traditional ink, paint, found things such as vintage paper and cloth, and digital processes are used to complete them. I make new memes available for purchase as art prints on a fairly regular basis, and I frequently document my creative process on Instagram. Stay tuned to my social media networks as I work on a book and unique home items. Whatever happens next will almost certainly be a little bit dreary.