Yesterday, we told you about a Japanese American graffiti artist named Gajin Fujita who’s work is being exhibited in London. Today, it’s a rock star, Mike Shinoda of the popular bands Linkin Park and Fort Minor, who is holding an art show.
Shinoda’s exhibit, entitled “GLORIOUS EXCESS (BORN),” will be exhibited at Los Angeles’ Japanese American National Museum from July 11 to August 3rd. According to his blog, Shinoda says that the nine pieces will be “larger” and “deeper” than any of his previous works. If you happen to be in L.A. for the opening you might want to check it out since Shinoda says he will be signing autographs.
Shinoda, a Japanese American and a graduate from Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design, has done everything from shoe collaborations with DC Shoes to album art designs for Linkin Park. That kind of multifaceted talent is a microcosm of Shinoda’s talents. In both of his bands, Shinoda stars as a keyboardist, producer, mixer, guitarist, back-up vocalist and artist. Oh, and he raps.
Here’s Shinoda talking about being Japanese American:
Here’s Shinoda speaking Japanese to the massive crowd in Tokyo for the Live Earth concert, check out the response from the crowd:
And here’s Shinoda and Linkin Park performing their hit song Bleed It Out at Live Earth: