One night I had an incredible dream : I was back in Japan during the winter, smoking a cigarette on the windowsill of my apartment. Everything was normal in the street below, flashy signboards, naive J-Pop songs, Tokyo-atmosphere... The cool things were the snowflakes everywhere in the sky but it wasn’t cold outside. After a few smokes, Totoro came with his umbrella to pay me a visit and to take a walk in the sky. Baaaallin’.
(For those who don’t know (and shame on you), Totoro is a strange and cool animal from Hayao Miyazaki’s anime “Tonari no Totoro”. Joe Hisaishi’s soundtrack is ill.)
Yeah I know it’s a weird story, but that’s a dream after all isn’t it ? I see Totoro very often in my dreams those last times. I do think it’s because of my haircut. For more than five years I had the shaved head, and I decided lately to let my hairs grow. But a lot of my friends make fun of me in saying I’m losing them (which is not the case, it’s just that I have baby hairs). And in my innocent and pure mind, Totoro is my solution to find a decent haircut because he has the power to grow plants. It’s just as stupid as it is. So I decided to draw me in my dream, as the “Radical Dreamer” (those who know the videogame “Chrono Cross” will understand).
But I know that one day Totoro will really pay me a visit. That’s why I called that art “Radical Dreamer” : dreaming is one thing; making them reality is another one. When I was a child I had a lot of dreams (like finding a night job as a vampire, then a day job as a mummy to sleep…). And right now, as an adult, I don’t want to grow and simply forget them. I want to fulfil them. Some are already fulfilled, but the list is very long. I’m a get busy in the years to come.
An adult is just a kid who takes himself seriously. Think about that.
I’d like to thank Ivy, a member and the manager of my collective “RENSA”, who gave me a very funny drawing lesson (shout out to the TV, the wall and the rails !). I was with her in a cafe with my “Radical Dreamer” pic to ask her questions and I been really surprised to receive compliments on my art by old people. There was this scrubby and funny guy who came to discuss and told me he really liked the manga style, and especially how the girls were drawn. It’s really surprising to have that kind of feedbacks from that generation…
As Puffy said, I won’t stop cuz I can’t stop.