Studio Nakamura

Uncle Knuckles – Navy on Off White

Nakamura - Uncle Knuckles - Navy On Off-White

Uncle Knuckles is a collection of hand drawn art inspired by finger tattoos. Many of which were symbolic to sailors.

The Nautical Star was meant to help them get home safely. It is now a symbol of protection, guidance, and good luck.

The Swallow meant you would always find your way home. “Home” in this sense could mean home with your family or called home to God after death (it was believed that birds could carry souls of the departed to heaven).

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Uncle Knuckles – Hold Fast – White on Navy

Nakamura - Uncle Knuckles - Hold Fast - Navy

Uncle Knuckles is a collection of hand drawn art inspired by finger tattoos. The “Hold Fast” slogan was tattooed on the fingers of sailors as a reminder to hold on tight to the ropes, lest they be thrown overboard. The term has so many meanings that it applies to everything from life, to love, and beyond.

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Abstract Beauty #2

Nakamura - Abstract Beauty #2

This is Abstract Beauty #2, this time focusing on the eye. The shapes lead your mind on an exploratory adventure, as it tries to decipher what you are seeing. The individual elements could add up to any number of things, but when viewed at a distance, the exact nature of the image becomes clear.

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Designer Throw Pillows for June

I am just crazy about Throw Pillows and Society6’s throw pillows are made from quality materials with excellent color reproduction. Throw Pillows are just a great way to add a bit of art to your everyday life.

Here are 4 throw pillows featuring recent designs from Studio Nakamura.

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Sneaker Freak – Air 1985

Nakamura - Sneaker Freak - Air 1985

A classic sneaker illustration for all the Sneaker Freaks out there. The Air Jordan is an icon of the 80’s, having been first released by Nike in 1985. I have layered the illustration over a complimentary retro pattern appropriate for the times. You can also find the background pattern as a stand-alone work, titled “Stolen 1985”.