6/21/2022

Grandpa Shibasaki Teaches Us About Life and Art

Many call him their grandpa! Harumichi Shibasaki is more than a regular painter. Through each brushstroke and youtube upload, he heals the hearts of his 1.4 million subscribers. These life lessons were hard-earned through his own life, when as a young painter he faced a serious creative rut and hard past after WWII, but he never gave up. Seeing each watercolor as a battle, he courageously picks up his paintbrush and cheers us on to tackle our own battles, and in the process gained millions of adoring fans who look up to him as a grandpa.

6/21/2022

Grandpa Shibasaki Teaches Us About Life and Art

Many call him their grandpa! Harumichi Shibasaki is more than a regular painter. Through each brushstroke and youtube upload, he heals the hearts of his 1.4 million subscribers. These life lessons were hard-earned through his own life, when as a young painter he faced a serious creative rut and hard past after WWII, but he never gave up. Seeing each watercolor as a battle, he courageously picks up his paintbrush and cheers us on to tackle our own battles, and in the process gained millions of adoring fans who look up to him as a grandpa.

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Thai Group, The Barbarian, Inspired by Chicano Culture

Leng the Barbarian is not a gangster, he’s a big brother in a family–one where male members endure 13 seconds of violence to belong, and female members (depending on if they’re “sweet” or “strong”) must dance or drink alcohol. This initiation, Leng explains, is a challenge meant to attract like-minded people: strong, determined, perseverant. This family has house rules, including not doing cocaine and amphetamines, or anything that can “ruin their lives”. They take care of one another like a family does, sharing everything from money and food to jobs and opportunities. In 2017, Leng founded The Barbarian, a group that was aimed to be independent, creative, and loud. As a child growing up in the slums, he had experienced watching fatal overdoses on his way to school, and grew up to become a thief buying drugs. Deeply inspired by Chicano gang culture and style, and listening to Mexican rappers like Lil Rob and Mr Yosie, Leng was drawn to how gentle the culture was from how they dance to iron their clothes. Chicano, a chosen identity for Mexicans who immigrated to Los Angeles, was once a term of derision and then adopted as an expression of defiance towards white assimilation. Not only did Leng integrate Chicano gang style into The Barbarian aesthetic, he built an imported clothing business focused on Chicano streetwear. He wants people to raise children with an open mind, and learn about Chicano culture by wearing it. Leng believes it’s their recognizable style that has made The Barbarians a target for police today.

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Grandpa Shibasaki Teaches Us About Life and Art