Ryu Itadani/Onitsuka Tiger – giveaway

13 June 2011

The subject matter of Ryu Itadani‘s latest painting is the iconic Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 sneaker. Onitsuka Tiger have produced a short documentary about the project and have asked us to help promote the artwork, which will be exhibited across Europe.



For the promotion they’re giving away an exclusive print of the painting by Ryu, not available anywhere else. It’s printed on A1 (23.39 × 33.11 in) stretched canvas. Along with the print they’re offering up a pair of Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66′s.

UPDATE 6/21/11 – Winner Announced

Congrats James G! Hope you enjoy some new art for your wall and your feet.


13 June 2011, 4:02 pm Brad McNally says:

Great short film!

13 June 2011, 4:16 pm Michael Fagan says:

I would appreciate footwear.

13 June 2011, 4:16 pm nellie le says:

I love the Mexico 66′s! They’re practically the only shoes I wear. I love how asics is always doing artist collaborations.

13 June 2011, 4:31 pm ana escobar says:

I want to win the exclusive print of the painting by Ryu, and the real deal, the Asics Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66′s!

please! :)

13 June 2011, 5:13 pm Pablo Lara H says:

Woaw! I want one pair!

13 June 2011, 5:25 pm Gladys Rodriguez says:

I love his painting/ illustration style~!

13 June 2011, 6:26 pm Rafael Alves says:

definetly want it please!

13 June 2011, 6:48 pm Alexander K says:

Beautiful colourful work. Very enjoyable clip aswell :)

13 June 2011, 7:04 pm Mr.Bird says:

nice print

13 June 2011, 8:01 pm Gareth Bedford says:

Oh I love the Mexico 66′s. They would be especially lovely here in New Zealand. :-)

13 June 2011, 9:29 pm Jamie says:

Absolutely brilliant. My sneaker freaking started in Tokyo. Australia just doesn’t compare. Well done sir. (slow clap)

13 June 2011, 10:09 pm Jason says:

Been wearing asics for a while now. Awesome!

13 June 2011, 10:50 pm rich says:

haven’t had a pair of asics in a while, nut now i’m rethinking that. very cool shoes.

13 June 2011, 11:48 pm Brandon says:

I have these!

14 June 2011, 12:42 am Alicia says:

love this!

14 June 2011, 4:25 am Tim says:
14 June 2011, 4:28 am Tim says:

“…insert blatant begging message in here, which aims to present me as being both cool as well as making the judges feel great about handing the prize to someone with such a captivating insouciance…”

14 June 2011, 5:26 am Aaron says:

Yup that would go nicely on my feet. The shoes not the print, the print would go on the wall.

14 June 2011, 5:27 am gra says:

let’s tiger :)!

14 June 2011, 7:03 am Jo says:

Mmm. Sneakers.

14 June 2011, 7:35 am Kim says:

Wow! Such an inspiration hearing a real artist sharing his thougths and the love of art to people. You didn’t only brought Japan in your art but you had created and show the true beauty of Japan. Your art is the ART of your HEART. Indeed, you are like Onitsuka tiger, versatile, simple and beautiful.

14 June 2011, 8:05 am Billy says:

this pair of trainers is classic! It would be perfect if i get one…haha

14 June 2011, 9:45 am Pieter says:

love those shoes! once bought a pair on Times Square and i literally wore them until they fell of my feet. Still got them, though!

14 June 2011, 10:46 am Gorga says:

Please let this be my 3rd onitsuka tiger…

14 June 2011, 11:39 am Nathan says:

Love Tigers. The Mexico 66 is such a great design.

14 June 2011, 12:26 pm Eric Thompson says:

pick me pete, pick me!

14 June 2011, 1:07 pm mycha says:

i love mexico

14 June 2011, 2:11 pm sammy says:

sweet kicks

14 June 2011, 3:50 pm Colin says:

Really interesting. Great to hear Ryu talking about the message behind his work.

14 June 2011, 5:16 pm Terrence says:

He should draw on someone’s feet.

14 June 2011, 8:49 pm William says:

I love Tigers. They’re absolutely beautiful shoes. Oddly though, Ryu’s interpretation is even more beautiful. Love everything about this post!

14 June 2011, 10:19 pm dj lunchbox says:

~so in love~

15 June 2011, 2:30 am ben says:

i actually really need new shoes, and my girlfriend moved out yesterday taking all her great prints leaving me with blank walls. what a coincidence!

15 June 2011, 2:55 am dementia says:

I love the docu and the way Ryu illustrates. It really captures the Mexico 66.

15 June 2011, 4:49 am Austen says:

Beautiful! Tigers are gorgeous shoes!

15 June 2011, 8:59 am Julien says:

This is wonderful.

15 June 2011, 10:58 am John-Erik Forsberg says:

Love his eye and hand. So much feeling in his simplicity. Great shoes too.

15 June 2011, 12:39 pm Sean Sutherland says:

Love his style, the painting looks great. Hopefully I’ll win! Keep up the great work TSA.

15 June 2011, 12:46 pm Brian M says:

That red and that blue are the color scheme for my entire blog. Imagine how much more stuff I could post while wearing those shoes!

15 June 2011, 2:26 pm marlo says:

I would LOVE to own that piece! And the shoes too!

16 June 2011, 4:22 am Rolly Pega Nunez says:

Not just an art, but a culture to love.

16 June 2011, 4:23 am damnvixen says:

oooh cool painting! amazing footwear too! let’s go!

16 June 2011, 4:54 am BeruBeru says:

Great tiger !!

16 June 2011, 8:19 am CelineIgnacio says:

Great footwear. The video is great! Great experiences deserve the best footwear.

16 June 2011, 10:27 am randy restauro says:

great paintings ryu! i hope i can pursue a similar career like you. i really miss to draw and paint sometimes. what i also really miss is the feeling that you got every time you finished your drawing or painting. it’s kinda fulfilling inside! keep it up! ^_^

16 June 2011, 11:26 am Jean Karl Izzo says:

Simplicity, fun and love in what you do – that is the message. Thanks for sharing this!

16 June 2011, 12:58 pm Jan Karen Ku says:

Please let me win this!!! :D Thanks!

16 June 2011, 4:04 pm Marlon So says:

Wow! Cool giveaway. I would really love to win this sneaker. :D

16 June 2011, 4:07 pm Jenny So says:

I am impressed with the design of this footwear. Simple yet gorgeous. :D

16 June 2011, 7:14 pm Jomar Sadie says:


16 June 2011, 7:56 pm Mark Escalera says:

I love art. I love sneakers. I hope to win this one. :D from Philippines..

16 June 2011, 10:14 pm abigail ong says:

i need new gym shoes!!!

16 June 2011, 10:40 pm Carlo Sanchez says:

his artworks are appealing to the eye. It seem to be animated with a lot lively colors.. Nice works.. He would be a great cartoonist..

17 June 2011, 12:40 am michael jeffrey ramos says:

what a cool design really loves to wear this asics shoes……… love it

17 June 2011, 1:24 am J Allyssa says:

The illustration is amazing! And not to mention, the shoes are really really lovely. :)

17 June 2011, 1:26 am Henry G. Lacson says:

I like white with blue/red stripes of Mexico ’66 known for its flatness and comfort!
Good shoe for me :)

17 June 2011, 8:25 am Angelo says:

This is COOL!

17 June 2011, 8:37 am racabria says:


17 June 2011, 9:38 am Irish says:

Gorgeous illustration style and very inspiring art philosophy!

17 June 2011, 9:58 am Jerome Guerzon says:

What a pair of shoes.

17 June 2011, 11:48 am HarryC says:

Wow Ryu Itadani’s really an awesome artist! Not only that, he’s good in flipping pens too :) Look at 02:20 :D Hope I can have one of his exclusive artworks *crossing fingers*

17 June 2011, 11:58 am Remedios says:

Nice documentary! I really admire his creativity, his philosophy and of course his exceptional talent. Hope I can see him and his works in person.

17 June 2011, 1:28 pm arrow-pierced-egg-man says:

très cool.

17 June 2011, 3:32 pm Naegiku says:

Nice shoes, and the print looks pretty nice as well. The documentary is pleasing to see.

17 June 2011, 4:32 pm H says:


17 June 2011, 5:30 pm irfan purnama r says:

whoaaa very good design and simple :)

17 June 2011, 8:31 pm Lina says:

His creativity is overwhelming! Great artist!

18 June 2011, 7:51 am Gem says:

Wow this shoes will is an art itself….

18 June 2011, 9:02 am resly george amador says:

Nice art work keep it up

18 June 2011, 10:49 am Emman says:

I salute you Ryu :) High five for your creativity!

18 June 2011, 6:10 pm Jayson Biadog says:

creative work print

18 June 2011, 8:42 pm Tina Elaine says:

WONDERFUL! My husband would love this aa a gift for Father’s day. Perfect shoes. :)

18 June 2011, 9:46 pm Lee says:

Good choice in featuring Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 in Ryu’s latest painting. It shows how Japanese artists pay attention to details and put all their hardwork to create a wonderful masterpiece. Make Japan really proud Ryu! All the best in the European exhibition. I know it will put the Land of the Rising Sun in the spotlight because of Ryu’s work. Congratulations in advance Ryu Itadani!

By the way, Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there =) Enjoy everyone!

19 June 2011, 12:50 am Kevin says:

Pretty pair of kicks, hope to have one :)

19 June 2011, 1:51 am Mary says:

I love this! Hope I’ll get an opportunity to have both the print and the pair of shoes :) Thanks TSA :)

19 June 2011, 2:32 am Cyrelle says:

that was nice…I’d love to have those shoes!

19 June 2011, 2:33 am Mark Steven Que says:

I love your shoes. It maybe simple, but the simplicity in it makes it more wonderful.

19 June 2011, 10:00 am crumpyblog says:

I want to win! crumpyliciousblog [at] gmail.com

19 June 2011, 11:15 am Brian says:

Would love to give the wonderful pair of shoes and the awesome print to my dad in case I got the opportunity to have those :-)

19 June 2011, 7:09 pm James says:

“Art does not reproduce what we see; rather, it makes us see.”

19 June 2011, 10:21 pm Gianni says:

amazing works of art! Love this,

20 June 2011, 7:10 am Monette Nama says:

Hi! .. I would love to try this lovely shoes :)

20 June 2011, 10:09 am Leandro says:

asics + art collabs = a damn good shoe.

20 June 2011, 11:46 am Jeric says:

i never had an asics footwear ever

after seeing this, i wish i had one :)
neat and cool

20 June 2011, 8:16 pm Vaibhav Singh says:


20 June 2011, 11:30 pm Charles says:

Awesome! Great job Ryu :) Wish you all the best in the exhibit :)

21 June 2011, 4:08 am Nuno timonix says:

art on your feet

21 June 2011, 7:18 am manekineko says:


21 June 2011, 5:31 pm peter says:

Is it too late?

21 June 2011, 9:48 pm diego says:


21 June 2011, 11:09 pm karen says:

simplicity is the best!

21 June 2011, 11:39 pm Joshua Kirk CAmpbell says:

good luck!

25 June 2011, 10:14 pm Mark Joseph Evangelista says:

WOAH! it is a nice shoe. stylish and i think it’s very comfortable.I hope I could get one:D

26 June 2011, 10:41 am Dani says:

This is awesome!

04 July 2011, 7:10 pm alro says:


05 July 2011, 11:57 am Allan Reyes says:

I love toger 24/7

05 July 2011, 11:58 am Allan Reyes says:

I love tiger shoes 24/7.

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