Tiger Tateishi


The Vanishing City.


A Band Planet (1991).

-TATEISHI Tiger was born in Fukuoka in 1941.
-In 1963, he submitted a large collage to the 15th Yomiuri Independent Exhibition, which received much attention. Subsequently he went on to be heavily influenced by Pop Art, which he aptly converted to address aspects of Japanese everyday life as well as the country’s current issues.
-From the mid 60ユs, he gradually began to draw cartoons.
-In 1969 he moved to Italy, where he worked for Olivetti typewriters as a designer, while finding time to exhibit his paintings at such places as Alexander Iolas gallery.
-From the mid 80’s his work began to feature epitomizing motifs of Japan, such as Mt. Fuji.
-In 1998, he passed away in Chiba prefecture.

From his inception as an artist in 1962, until 1967, TATEISHI Tiger was known by his birth name of TATEISHI Kouichi. But from 1968 until mid 1990, he developed, for its convenient catchiness, the moniker Tiger TATEISHI, which was not only written in ‘kana’, the phonetic notation reserved for non-Japanese words, but the order of first and last name was switched to mimic the Western manner. Although he continues to be remembered posthumously by the same moniker, the ‘kana’ has been converted to Chinese characters and the order of first and last name has been reverted to the original Japanese manner.

Via the essential Giornale Nuovo.

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I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = https://jaybabcock.substack.com Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.

2 thoughts on “Tiger Tateishi

  1. Good evening,

    We are very happy to be able to exhibit four great pieces from 1979, by Tiger Tateishi.

    Not the same as yours but in the same influence as the vanishing city. I wish to let people know about thie exhbition as he is seldom presented in France. Could you advise me the right blogs where I can let peopld know about it.
    Best regards. Anne Khayat

  2. Pingback: “A Band Planet” y “Pot Fuji”, topología no orientable | :: ZTFNews.org

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