Like many Japanese of his generation, artist Keiichi Tanaami‘s experiences during the latter part of World War II are forever seared into his memories. Whether intentional or not, the sense of desperation and horror endured at the time have resonated throughout all of his works since. Just as fellow Japanese avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama altered the concept of performance art, Tanaami did the same for graphic arts and in turn elevate the importance of manga from mere comics to a source of inspiration to future artists. In what could only be described as “Salvador Dalí on acid”, Tanaami worked on album cover art for Jefferson Airplane and The Monkees, helped art direct Playboy Magazine in Japan and influenced artists like KAWS and others. So it is only fitting for this iconic figure within the Japanese contemporary art world to take part in Stussy Guest Artist Series. Here is a rare glimpse of the artist, thanks to director Adam Jay Weissman and Stussy. In the meantime, you can find his limited edition tees with Stussy through select retailers worldwide.