ARTIST DECODED
is a podcast started in 2015 by visual artist, Yoshino.

AD 2020 ++
AD | MIND/WAVE #5 w/ Daniele Bolleli
168 | Jerome Lagarrigue
167 | CJ Johnson
166 | Steven Assael x John Wentz
165 | Damian Kulash (OK Go)
164 | Blake Mills x Justin D. Hopkins
163 | Christine Yuan
162 | Bao Nguyen
161 | Ludovic Nkoth
160 | Janna Watson
159 | David Cheifetz
158 | Erin Nicole Henry
AD | MIND/WAVE #4 w/ Aja Daashuur
157 | Yung Pueblo
156 | Daan Noppen
AD | MIND/WAVE #3 w/ Yore
AD | MIND/WAVE #2 w/ Cory Allen
155 | Allie X
154 | Ron Hicks
153 | Ibarionex Perello
152 | Denna Thomsen
151 | Michael Phillip
150 | Riley Stearns
149 | Akira Beard
148 | Jennifer Pochinski
147 | Kit Dale
146 | Cory Allen
145 | Adam Lee
144 | Alex Kanevsky
143 | Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) x Saman Kesh
142 | Alexis Marshall (Daughters)
141 | David Kassan
140 | Antrese Wood

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139 | Hollis Heichemer x Justin D. Hopkins
138 | Maja Ruznic x Yore
137 | Josh Peck x Saman Kesh x Yoshino
136 | Joshua Hagler
135 | Daniel Martin
134 | Mia Bergeron
133 | Christian Rex Van Minnen
132 | Johan Van Mullem
131 | Zoey Frank

AD | Non-Weekly Round Up #7

130 | Yumi Sakugawa x Justin D. Hopkins
129 | Nikolaus Summerer
128 | Jerry Hsu
127 | Paul Cristina

AD | Non-Weekly Round Up #6

126 | Marie Tomanova
125 | Julius Onah

AD | Non-Weekly Round Up #5

124 | Jesse Draxler
123 | Justin Tyler Close

AD | Non-Weekly Round Up #4

122 | Kim Kei x Justin D. Hopkins
121 | Chi
120 | Sergio Barrale
119 | Andrew Thomas Huang x Saman Kesh
118 | Mari L. McCarthy
117 | Tunde Adebimpe x Kim Dorland
AD | Weekly Round Up #3
116 | John Wentz
115 | Alex Grey x Noah Lampert
114 | Joe Sill
AD | Weekly Round Up #2
113 | Brian Higbee
AD | Weekly Round Up #1
112 | David Cheifetz
111 | Kilo Kish x Jarell Perry
AD | MIND/WAVE  #1

AD 2018 ++
110 | Nick Runge
109 | Joseph Lee
108 | Michael Shaw
107 | Linus Sandgren x Saman Kesh
106 | Isaac Bauman x Saman Kesh x Yoshino
105 | Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio)
104 | Jordan Reyes
103 | Rina Yang x Saman Kesh
102 | Mia Bergeron x Justin D. Hopkins
101 | Tobias Schliessler x Aisha Schleissler
100 | Justin Daashuur Hopkins
99 | Aja Daashuur
98 | Alexandre Souetre x Jesse Draxler x Yoshino
97 | VOWWS
96 | Martin Starr x Saman Kesh
95 | Ania Catherine
94 | Mary Grisey
93 | Elly Smallwood
92 | Nicole Miglis (Hundred Waters)

AD 2017 ++
91 | Dado Valentic
90 | Norberto Rodriguez x Justin D. Hopkins
89 | Gavin Turek x Jarell Perry x Yoshino
88 | Akira Beard
87 | Steve Kim
86 | Colin Chillag x Jenna Duncan x Yoshino
85 | Casey Gleghorn x Justin Hopkins x Yoshino 
84 | Ian Daniel
83 | Dave Elitch x Justin D. Hopkins x Yoshino
82 | Edward C. Colver x David A. Willis
81 | Guy Maestri
80 | Virginie Picot
79 | Brad Kunkle
78 | Chelsea Wolfe
77 | Zola Jesus
76 | Jesse Draxler
75 | John Kilar
74 | Michelle Groskopf
73 | Scot Sothern
72 | Gems
71 | Kidmograph
70 | John F. Simon Jr.
69 | Casey Baugh
68 | Rebecca Farr
67 | Hagler x Ruznic x Perry x Yoshino
66 | Joe Kennedy @ Unit London
65 | Martin Wittfooth x Sergio Barrale
64 | Elly Smallwood
63 | Adam Lee
62 | Daniele Bolleli
61 | Anthony Lister
60 | Cory Allen

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58 | Brian Shevlin x Michael Donovan
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54 | Paul Jung
53 | Eddie Bravo x Hannah Vandermolen
52 | Olivia Bee
51 | Duke Johnson x Casey Baugh
50 | Saman Kesh
49 | Tunde Adebimpe x Justin Hopkins
48 | Byron Spencer
47 | Tim Bettinson (Vancouver Sleep Clinic)
46 | Jean-Paul Mallozzi
45 | Sean Dunne
44 | Shari Frilot
43 | Blake Neubert
42 | Tim Mattia
41 | Alex Beck
40 | Grant Singer
39 | WIFE
38 | Derek Delgaudio x Glenn Kaino
37 | Matt Skiba
36 | Andrew Thomas Huang
35 | Tim Barber x Michael Donovan
34 | Yuna x Jarell Perry
33 | Isamaya Ffrench
32 | Yoshino x Noah Lampert
31 | Rose McGowan
30 | Daniel Sannwald
29 | Timothy Wilson x Justin Hopkins
28 | Sabrina Bajaj
27 | Vanessa Prager
26 | Joshua Hagler x Maja Ruznic x Erik Castellanos
25 | Chadwick Tyler x Michael Donovan
24 | Seamus Conley x John Wentz
23 | Asger Carlsen
22 | Benjamin Bjorklund x Blake Neubert
21 | Phil Hale
20 | Julius Onah 
19 | Greg Puciato x Jesse Draxler
18 | Emilio Villlalba
17 | BRTHR
16 | Nicolas Uribe

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AD | Final Words For 2015
15 | Stacy Kranitz x Isaac Bauman
14 | Alex Kanevsky
13 | Brittany Markert
12 | Nathaniel Evans
11 | Graham Dunn
10 | Justin Tyler Close
 9  | Hueman
 8  | Luke Gilford
 7  | Daniel Segrove x Justin Hopkins
 6  | Isaac Bauman
 5  | Jesse Draxler
 4  | Zhang Jingna
 3  | Michael Donovan
 2  | John Wentz
 1  | Casey Baugh

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149 | Akira Beard - “Taking Action In Spite of Fear”




“Making pictures is one of the earliest memories I recall. Before learning to write the alphabet I was drawing from my imagination in crayons. And over all the years that followed, there has never been a period where I didn’t continue the practice. I remember for example just after graduating high school and living on my own as a dishwasher with no ambitions in life but to get drunk and high. But when the party was over I would be in the kitchen of a house I didn’t live in, drawing past dawn. Or even when I was a student at the University of California Berkeley, on my way towards a corporate life, having never conceived even the possibility where art could be a profession, I filled my notebooks not with words from lectures, but with sketches of teachers and classmates. And though later I would become a ‘professional artist’, I sometimes look back at such moments if confused with the roots of my creativity. It started purely as an act of autonomy, where nothing outside myself influenced or affected it. I simply drew because I enjoyed it above all else. Sure, like anyone I’ve had plenty of typical life experiences that have brought their own joy, but nothing compares in consistency and meaningfulness that making art has provided. Even during those unavoidable periods with living that challenge us most, drastic life change/loss/death, art has functioned as a medium with giving meaning to suffering, transforming it into an experience with healing. This I hope, begins to describe the art I make. The drawings and paintings you see on this site, are similar to snapshots where the lens points in Life's direction with penetrating force. Every piece reflects a story only Life could tell. Up until my middle twenties it was enough to make art for its own sake. When I discovered making pictures offered so much more in such ways, a journey of exploration began. It’s fascinating to see how far it has come, and continuing forward never knowing where it may go.”
- Akira Beard



Topics Discussed In This Episode:
  • Akira's journey into tattoo art versus his drawing and painting practice, and how concepts of spontaneity, the subconscious mind, and thinking work into his creative decision-making 
  • Using art initially as a necessity to undo years of emotional repression
  • Getting out of his head, and living in the present moment
  • Winning the Redbull art competition, and recontextualizing his preconceived notions of commercial art
  • Akira's personal experience with expectations, and their effects both on relationships and art
  • Leaving UC Berkeley, and corporate career aspirations for art school
  • The important mentorship of an art professor
  • Reflection on his time as a vagabond 
  • Incorporating uncomfortability into his life
  • Beginning his practice in jiu-jitsu and self defense
  • Documentaries: "The Real Mr. Miyagi" and " Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present"
  • Thoughts on the hero's journey, and the human experience


www.akirabeard.com

Posted on 3.17.2020
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