Whether it's murals, building experiences, or filmmaking, is there any one thing you look forward to the most?
I'm always looking to expand my creative capabilities and push beyond what I can do. Creation excites me, in whatever format it may be, but making something larger than myself excites me even more. What I look forward to is what hasn't been created yet.
There seems to be no limit to where you find yourself creatively, what do you hope people take away from your career?
Like any artist, I hope people remember me more for the things I've created than myself. Don't get me wrong, like anyone, I appreciate positive attention, but we create because it extends beyond who we are as individuals. If there's any inspiration to be gathered from the spaces we transform or the stories we tell, then those will inevitably get passed down to future generations.
Lastly, tell us about your LA. What's a must-see/eat/drink in your city?
It's almost a running joke amongst my friends but I'm the largest supporter of LA. We used to do this thing called the world tour near my place in the Arts District where we grab a pint of beer at each of the local breweries (Arts District Brewery, Angel City, Wurstkuche) and then go do karaoke in Little Tokyo before ending the night with a bowl of ramen at Suehiro. Since quarantine, we've made a karaoke setup at my home so we can continue the festivities without interruption!
…BONUS QUESTION: Feel free to briefly ’shout-out’ anything you’re working on next and what websites/social media handles we can find you at.
I'm working on a multimedia project called Oki's World right now that incorporates my love for storytelling, animation, murals, and community that I can't wait to launch. You can check out more of me on Instagram @kentaro or my website kents.world.