Friday, November 14, 2014

Lactose Intoler-Art x Josiah Chua Collaboration Photographed by Kimoken

Excited to share these photos of a shoot I did with featuring one off collaboration pieces I did with Singaporean Designer Chua.
The idea behind this collection was mixing the idea of art and fashion, as well as analyzing how people perceive "Japanese street fashion" outside of Japan.
There were a total of six looks for this collection, so there's a lot more to see and to be talked about.. (More info in the next post!)
For this particular collection, we had two official shoots. This shoot is solely featuring one specific piece shot by Kimoken in Koenji.
Kimoken is a street fashion photographer, taking photos of the more indie/underground side of Tokyo's fashion scene. The people he captures are usually more subcultural, into the arts, music, or have their own indie brands. Koenji is an area where you can see a lot of flavor in Tokyo outside of Harajuku. It's more of a place though, where you have to be there at the right time/event, and to know the shop. Kimoken does an amazing job of capturing exactly what's happening in the scene when other photographers aren't around.

I have enjoyed working with Kimoken on this project. He has a great eye for location and people on the street as well.  Not only is he is truly talented,  but has become a great friend.
For this shoot, I was also very excited to meet Pachiko, the sweet model he scouted on the streets of Koenji when she was visiting in from Hokkaido. She did such a nice job embracing the clothing! This first photo below is called "hatching Tamagotchi" by Kimoken..(haha). Stay tuned for the rest of the looks from the other shoot!

Model: Pachiko-chan
Pachiko-chan's twitter and instagram
Top: Lactose Intoler-Art x Josiah Chua
Inner: Lactose Intoler-Art x Josiah Chua
Shoes: Buffalo (with original hand painting by Lactose Intoler-Art)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Tokyo Fashion Special Feature Video Interview : Lactose Intoler-Art - Street Style-Inspired Art & Fashion in Tokyo

Hey guys! I'm so excited to be featured on's video interview. The video pretty much explains everything, but I want to be sure and say thank you so much to for being incredibly supportive of underground artistsm and showing what's happening here in Tokyo. You guys are so amazing and I am incredibly grateful!
I also want to thank the people that have followed my work all the way through. Whether it's from my tumblr, networking and meeting people at events, or from this blog,  you guys are all incredible, and encourage me so much to continue to fight hard for my dreams.
For everyone that is new, or to those that have found me through, welcome! :) I am so excited to be able to share a bit of what I do with all of you.
Again, thank you all SO much for the support!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Lactose Intoler-Art for "Naniwa NANIコレ" Exhibition by excube

I was very excited to be a part of the "Naniwa NANIコレ" series of events.
"Naniwa NANIコレ” featured various independent designers, held throughout the year at the shop and gallery "excube" in Osaka.
I was happy to be a part of the last batch with five other designers, including HeiHei, Anima Animus, He (へ), Shetamonda, and Tarzankick.
These are some of the official photos. Check out the rest at , as well as my instagram @lactoseintolerart .

Thank you Aono-san for this amazing opportunity, and for supporting indie and underground artists!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Lactose Intoler-Art at Superspace in Singapore

Very excited to announce that Lactose Intoler-Art is now available at the new "SUPERSPACE" store in Singapore. SUPERSPACE carries some of the globe's most avant garde brands, and focuses on fashion as personal, creative self expression. If you're n Singapore be sure to stop by!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Living in a Fashion Video Game World

Things have been bonkers lately with Lactose Intoler-Art. I am back in Tokyo now after going back home for about a month to detach for awhile and recharge my creative batteries.
The lifestyle here in this city is so fast paced, it can be hard to completely adjust, even after spending a lot of time here.
I tell my friends back home that Tokyo just feels fake. I always say it's like I'm living in a Fashion Video Game World...Which sounds awesome, but sometimes it feels a bit disconnected from reality as well.
This disconnect can also be a good thing for the dreamer. I really love the idea of creative people gathering together in a community and creating their own sense of reality.
I feel like that kind of movement is definitely happening in Tokyo. There are so many people that have created a very vibrant, subcultural lifestyle that is so against the grain when compared to the normal, conservative side of Japanese culture.
I think what a lot of people in the west do not realize, is that Tokyo is not actually some thriving mecha where street fashion "reigns supreme", and is openly accepted everywhere you go.
I think the strong "street fashion" culture people often see online is actually a group of kids who find fashion as a means of self expression in a rather conservative culture.
The kids that you see in FRUiTS magazine are definitely not your everyday Japanese business folk. Sure, comments from onlookers may not be quite as harsh in Tokyo as some other global cities, but don't be too quick to assume that these "street snap heroes" are completely accepted because of that.
The fact that a lot of these people are doing what exactly what they want with their own personal style, in a rather group oriented culture is actually something to be admired. They are most definitely going against the grain.
For me, I always feel that there is a weird, cultural twist as well-Being an "outsider" in a culture that pressures people to conform. I definitely get lots of "looks" from people, but that can be both positive and negative. In my mind, I just keep boppin' and feelin' free and enjoying what I do!
I must say though, I have been extremely fascinated with how fashion and art intertwine for a long time. Specifically with fashion as a means of creative self expression.
With that said, I'm not interested in copying Japanese fashion at all (which that would be a bit difficult wouldn't it? I think the fashion culture here is extremely complex anyway), but I am definitely inspired by the stylistically creative aesthetic of people in this city for sure.
I love to try to incorporate my own personal style into what I am interested in at the moment.
As an artist, I feel that art, nostalgia, and even hobbies can all be tangled together with fashion. Fashion alone is definitely not identity for me, but is simply an element and reflection of myself.
Fashion isn't life, but it is a fun part of the bigger picture.
This year, I want to continue to push my own personal boundaries as an artist. I hope to inspire people to be who they want to be, regardless of where they live, if anything. Whether it's wearing a see-through cloud top on a train in Tokyo, or wearing fun, bright red makeup that actually looks like you just got punched in the face in rural Arkansas, do what you wanna do. Don't take yourself too seriously. Life can be your Fashion Video Game.

Cap-Inverted Thrifted Orange Camo hat from Oklahoma.
Sheer Outer Top-Balmung SS14
Long Blue Waffle Shirt-Thrifted
Socks-Christopher Nemeth

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

revasseur Pop-Up store in Shinsegae, Myungdong

Hey Lactose Lovers in Seoul! Be sure to check out revasseur’s pop-up shop in Shinsegae in Myungdong. You can see some of the illustration work I did for some of the clothing for this fun label! Congrats revasseur!