Uchujin 2013 Review

Book Off?, Hard off? NO!

Yep, that time of year again.
A look back at 2013…..

January:-

My first music video of the year

Feburary:-

Interviewed in the Japan Times

Adrian Storey Interview in The Japan Times

March:-

Busy with work, filming for my upcoming 281 documentary, another music video, photographing a tattoo artist……..

Randomly met this guy on the street in Shibuya one day and just had to stop him and ask for a photo – the cross is crazy, very Charlie Manson but the line down from his left eye! hardcore. Guessing he isn’t a 9-5 salary man ;)

Shibuya face tattoo guy ©Uchujin-AdrianStorey

April:-

Oh its a difficult one! I finally felt like I’d arrived as I got my first piece in “The Sun” but this month has to go to another music video, My first for the French music label Cascade Records.

May:-

Hard to pick one thing, especially seeing as everything was overshadowed by the greatest wedding mankind has ever seen – 5 days I will never forget with really amazing people in beautiful Kyoto. For some reason I don’t feel happy about sharing photos from it though, some things are better left to memory alone.
So, a new photo from my most popular series – another poet cries themselves to sleep

©Uchujin-AdrianStorey_2013_05_24_1237

June:-

An “unidentified” man wearing a T-shirt with a bad word to accompany a blog post sparked by all of those “The tin foil hat brigade don’t look so crazy now do they” Snowden revelations.

fuck this shit ©Uchujin/Adrian Storey 2013

July:-

It will have to be my frenetic music video for DJ Muggs (Cypress Hill) , Andrew Kline (Strife), Brevi and Sean Bonner’s LA based Cross my Heart and Hope to Die.
It was also featured on boing boing!

August:-

This will have to go to yet another music video (wow I did a lot of music videos) this one is special because it was recorded at one of the wedding parties that took place over the 5 days of the wedding mentioned above – My dear friends Sean Lotman and Ariko Inaoka. To be honest those 5 days made the whole of this year worth getting out of bed for!
So take it away Mr Vaughn Montgomery……..

September:-

Back to the UK for the first time in a LONG time. Had an amazing month catching up with extended family, seeing friends who I miss dearly and hanging out with my Dad.
Didn’t realise just how much I missed it, in fact I’d go back if the immigration laws weren’t so fucking ludicrous.
There are a few photos and something I wrote about one aspect of going back over on JAGR magazine.

Children must not.....

October:-

A screen grab from my upcoming documentary on Tokyo sticker artist 281_Anti nuke.
(It will be released for the 3/11 anniversary in March next year.)
This one concerning Tokyo’s winning bid for the 2020 Olympics and the billions of Yen that will get spent in Tokyo while thousands live in temporary housing that is falling apart in Tohoku.

281_Anti nuke

November:-

Interesting month work wise as I was at Interbee with Dan Chung and the news shooter team – Dan also interviewed me, but this months pick has to be the release of the short film I made about my Dad while I was back in the UK in September.
I get all emotional even thinking about it. Proud to be his son and proud that I could show the world what a fucking wonderful man he is.

December:-

The final wheezy death rattle of 2013,  a new Camera and a new drive and determination that 2014 will be bigger, better, more lucrative and fulfilling.
A solemn promise to myself to be a better man and work harder than ever before to produce better and better work.

Merry Christmas and Happy New year to you all – I’ll rehash an oldie but goldie from back in the day for this months selection ;)

Santa Of Nazareth

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  • A pretty fantastic year all told by the looks of it. Glad your hard work is be recognised now and things are working out in ways that will take your art further and your fame wider. All the best for another year of successes. Damon

  • Thanks Damon. Touched by your encouragement. Hope you have a great 2014 too!

  • Jon

    hadn’t seen the JAGR piece before (your japanese has really improved! ;) )

    it’s interesting being a temporary visitor to that sceptic isle. you notice things that the residents don’t – the boiled frog effect. my recent reactions have been similar to yours – there are signs everywhere, warning, admonitions, nudges (grrrr), threats, etc. every-fucking-where. it hasn’t always been this way… and compared to germany, which the english like to admonish for “having too many rules”, it seems akin to a police state.

    oh, and public attitudes and discussion of immigration, and those “scrounging foreigners” is infantile beyond belief. i’d not even made it into british airspace before overhearing my first hambeasts discussing the impact the next wave of scrounging foreigners would have on their (meaningless) lives. and this flying into the whitest (most racist?) county of the green and peasant (sic.) land.

    yes, i know. my hatred knows no bounds.

    big year. now top it!

  • ADG

    That is a huge list of acheivements that should humble us all, it certainly does it to me.
    And needless to say i adhere to your one-before-last line, if only i could do the same…
    cheers my friend, from the french bastard i am.
    a-

  • Thanks Jon and ADG for your comments.

    Touched.

    That 2nd to last line is the killer. Lets hope we can both hold ourselves to that standard. Thanks my French brother!