Japan is not known for graffiti or its graffiti artists yet, occasionally an artist with a message will break through the fog of indifference and force people to think about that which they wish to forget about.
Antinuke 281 is an artist who hides his identity to not only avoid Japan's harsh anti graffiti laws but Japan's aversion for those who choose to stand apart from society and question its very core.
“Perhaps because everyone believes people telling them on television that everything is fine, they don’t seem so worried,” 281 Antinuke told Reuters.
“I hope by leaving my art I can remind people that we’re not safe at all ... and that they will do something to protect themselves.”
“We don’t know what will happen in the future, whether children will get cancer or leukemia,” he said. “So I want to keep making noise and making a fuss.”
“The nuclear accident allowed us to realize that Japan had hidden a lot of things,” he said. “I want to make images that express doubts about what’s going on in politics - like a label that says ‘This is happening, pay attention’.”
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