by Chris MaGee
Pop artist and graphic designer Tadanori Yokoo may be a huge figure in the 60's counter-cultre of Japan, but his relationship to Japanese cinema is a little more tangential. Yes, Yokoo did produce experimental animated shorts ( which we actually posted in the very, very early days of the Pow-Wow blog), and he was also the star of Nagisa Oshima's 1968 New Wave classic "Diary of a Shinjuku Thief" - so are these brief links to Japanese film my excuse for posting this item about a series of pen and ink drawings that Yokoo produced for an edition of Harumi Setouchi's novel "Genka (Illusory Flowers)"? Yup, that and the fact that they're really cool little works of art. To see what I mean head over to Pink Tentacle who tracked them down and have posted over two dozen of them for your viewing pleasure.