Rebuild Japan



The Challenge

The 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami was an 9.0-magnitude earthquake followed by tsunami waves. It was measured at 8.4 on the JMA seismic intensity scale. The earthquake happened 130 kilometers (81 mi) off Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, on the east coast of the Tohoku of Japan, on March 11, 2011 at 05:46:23 UTC. It was also the fifth most powerful earthquake on Earth since modern record-keeping began in 1900.

In efforts to help in the relief effort, Threadless held a Causes competition open for any and all artists around the world. My design, Rebuild Japan was chosen as the winner and sold on Threadless' site. The proceeds from shirt sales went directly to aid Japan and the surrounding Pacific.

The Approach

The concept paints a literal depiction of rebuilding a devastated city and more importantly, a strong community. Reference imagery was used to help more accurately capture the architecture and landscape. 

The rising sun is slowly being constructed amidst the rubble, acting as an iconic metaphor in the growth and rebuilding of Japan. 




Interview & Awards



Roles : Art Direction, Illustration
Tools : Illustrator, Photoshop

Client : Personal