TETSUNORI TAWARAYA started drawing portraits of people and musicians in San Diego in 1999.
TAWARAYA’s prolific output of gig posters, comics, music started in San Diego simultaneously in 2001.
He formed 3-piece punk band Dmonstrations (2004-2008) with the members of Dosage and Usage in 2003. They released EP, LP on SAF Records, GSL(Gold Standard Laboratories), then toured west coast with legendary punk band The Slits. He also writes and performs in japanese punk duo 2up (pronounced up up) (2002-present), released on SAF Records, Ache Records, and Toad Records.
He was always having handmade comics at punk shows that was crafted with painted card board box as the hard cover, occasionally fur and photo collage were attached. Those one and only comics were compiled and released in a tremendous 400 page book Tetsupendium Tawarapedia in 2015.
His comic charactors had been created in the format of stuffed animal as a collabolation work called “Donuts Machine” with TOMO since 2006. Life size stuffed animals were displayed in Sète, France, Providence, RI and Tokyo, etc.
His recent works were publishing on Hollow Press (Italy), Le Dernier Cri (Marseile, France), and Colour Code (Tronto, Canada).
His work continues to be highly influential.
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