RUSSELL X LABROSSE
Daniel Labrosse is a self-taught French-Hungarian visual artist, illustrator, art director and animator based in Budapest. His resume includes collaborations with companies such as Levi's, Adidas and Jägermeister. His style emulates comic books and cartoons, recalling artists such as Keith Haring, Hieronymous Bosch, David Shrigley, Charlotte Solomon and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
I first came across Daniel's work on Twitter and was blown away by the enormity and uniqueness of the worlds he creates. So, when he offered me an opportunity to collaborate, I couldn't imagine a better time or artist to tell this story.
For our collaboration, I provided Daniel with five of my most beloved images from trips spanning Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. Japan for me was the most eye-opening experience of my life, so it felt only natural that these photographs would lend themselves well as a canvas for this project.
These images were purposefully selected to align with Daniel's unique aesthetic.
I am so thrilled to now present to you our collaboration. <3
Where it all started.
This image was taken in an incredibly vibrant coffee shop in Kyoto. American jazz in the background, smoke filling the space, newspapers still being read and the smell of perfectly roasted coffee everywhere. This gentleman reminded me of an era gone by and of a suave that has since been lost to time.
In his signature style Daniel added his "Kilroys" and gave this photo a whole new life.
This piece will always have my heart.
COMES WITH ORIGINAL IMAGE AS AN UNLOACKABLE & A SIGNED 8X10 PHYSICAL PRINT
This very popular store caught my eye while walking through Harajuku. Well dressed and outside casually on the phone, this man was a beacon of the fashion pulse of Tokyo and completed my vision.
Daniel's addition of a character I have never before seen and a three-eyed dragon perfectly complements my shot from that day.
One of my favorite things about Japan is walking leisurely, exploring little gems and hidden places that most people never take the time to seek out. I came across this superbly intimate restaurant down a micro alley. The Ying of the window and the Yang of the plant outside, for me, was everything.
Daniel absolutely blew me away by adding the lips and giving this photo its own personality.
I have been obsessed with capturing humans in their purest form, when they don't have to be anyone but themselves. This capture took place in a smoking lounge at a Hanshin Tigers baseball game in Osaka. I was captivated by everyone's ability to relax and be themselves, while watching the team they loved and paying almost no attention to me.
After Daniel's fascinating interpretation, I changed the team name to the OSAKA MONSTERS.
To bookend this series, I decided to take a self-portrait in the Kyoto Jazz coffee house. I could not get tear myself away from this place or the individuals that inhabited it.
Through Daniel's genius in constructing new worlds, here is a monsterfied iteration of my own story in an alternate universe.