Japanese Artist Transforms the Side of an Old Ship With a Stunning Mural

"Otakiage" Mural Painting on an Old Ship by Japanese Artist ONEQ

The work of Japanese painter, illustrator, and muralist ONEQ is unmistakable. With her iconic fusion of influences from American pin-up art, comics, and Japanese manga, ONEQ's woman-centered artwork instantly draws you in with female figures situated in poses of power and intoxicating beauty. Growing up in a coastal city on the peaceful island of Kyushu in Southeast Japan, the sea has also been a source of inspiration and comfort to the talented artist. That's why she chose the side of an old abandoned ship as her monumental canvas for a recent mural project.

“I performed the ‘OTAKIAGE’ of the ship that has reached the end of its life,” ONEQ explains in the text accompanying images of her gorgeous street art. “People working in the fishing port all have rest in the cool shadow of this ship at lunch break… Here is a very calm and quaint, nice place. A toast to the ship that has been working for a long time.”

A sacred Japanese fire ritual, Otakiage is symbolic of endings and also new beginnings. Fittingly, the artist also chose that as the title of her mural. Painted in luscious hues of pink, red, and purple, her stunning artwork gives the old ship new life, allowing it to serve a different purpose than the one it can no longer perform.

Scroll down to see more images of ONEQ’s incredible street art painted on the side of a ship. For more from the artist, you can visit her website or follow her on Instagram.

Japanese artist ONEQ painted the side of an old ship with a stunning mural.

"Otakiage" Mural Painting on an Old Ship by Japanese Artist ONEQ

"Otakiage" Mural Painting on an Old Ship by Japanese Artist ONEQ

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by ONEQ.

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Arnesia Young

Arnesia Young is a contributing writer for My Modern Met and an aspiring art historian. She holds a BA in Art History and Curatorial Studies with a minor in Design from Brigham Young University. With a love and passion for the arts, culture, and all things creative, she finds herself intrigued by the creative process and is constantly seeking new ways to explore and understand it.
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