We created Wheels and Waves to pursue our dreams even the craziest ones.
When it all began 6 years ago, we set up a small exhibition in a local store with the help of a close friends. We were less than one hundred, still the street seemed packed. We didn't have any budget but thanks to the volunteers and faith, we had a great time all together.
A few years later, Artride has become an annual exhibition requiring a whole crew working non-stop nights and days in order to produce the best we can do. But dreams are still alive. Travels are always a source of inspiration for us, and a way to discover the next artists we are planning to feature.
Last year, while visiting Tokyo with Jérôme, we had a blast when we discovered Nuts Artwork. Some months later, we asked Nuts to imagine a poster and a new logo for W&W's 2015 issue. Last December we flew back to Tokyo and beyond asking Nuts to produce the new poster, we offered him to feature his work during our event.
We love craftsmanship not for trendy reasons but because this has been our job for decades. We like the idea to explore countries in seeking for the best craftmen and artists in order to reveal them to you.
For the first time in Europe, we will be pleased to host Naoto Hinai in a new venue which will be soon unveiled.vp
...I am often asked about my background of being a sign painter and also a trigger of being one but honestly, it is not obvious when i have begun to strongly conscious as it was too natural until today that i name myself as a sign painter. Looking back the days, i became crazy about American fashion and lifestyle, music and 50's culture in my junior high school life by spending time at the second hand store located in my hometown. At the same time, I remember that i longed strongly of Tokyo and at the age of 17, I used up all the cash i earned from my side job and a pocket money i got from my parents for my first time to play in Tokyo. The culture shock was almost horrifying. I was able to find all the vintage item that i longed for. Till then I was able to see replica or original books, everything was there and it was just like flipping over a treasure box. I still remember that i made my decision very tight that I will come to Tokyo after graduating high School. I never thought about what I want to be or what I need to be, just simply start to work at a second hand shop. I spent most of my free time going around the other second hand shops and everyday was full of curiosity. The life went on for few years and then desired to drive an American car that made me to purchase a 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air at the age of 25. Owning this vehicle leads me to do customs and I got completely lost in a Hot Rod culture.
After some time has passed, I found my interest not in actual vehicle but in lettering and pin stripe design.There were no internet sources in those days, so I read many western books and started to draw on a car and furniture and following an example that eventually ended to get an order from friends and acquaintances. In those days there were very few painters that luckily my artwork was spread by word of mouth and focused in magazines and a painting which should have been my hobby became a job little by little.
I look very forward to a new encounter
Naoto Hinai - Nuts
Excerpts from the book "Sign painters and Travellers have leave to lie" 2014 out of stock
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