I was lucky enough to get the man behind Tokyo-Go-Go to answer a few questions,in between his busy schedule.To put it simply,this guy is talented beyond words. Well,my words anyway, so here’s what Greg Darroll had to say about his works of art.
Hello Greg! Tell us a bit about yourself!
G: I’m a 25 year old designer and illustrator based in the great city of Durban. I’m a bit of a dork, caught up with recollecting my childhood one toy at a time. I spend my weekdays working with a truly inspiring team at THB Disturbance. Always inspired and keen to create.
Why, when and how did you start up Tokyo-Go-Go
G: Tokyo-Go-Go started out simply as an alias. It felt a bit odd writing my name on my work so I wanted a name that basically summed me up instead. The ‘Tokyo’ resembles my love for all things Japanese. I’ve been obsessed with the popular culture side of the city for years, not to mention the traditional art side of things too. I always tend to smile or be inspired by the character work and culture that seems to thrive within that overly talented population. Then the first ‘Go’ stands for how I’ve learnt and progressed since I began studying design. The second ‘Go’ is all about what’s to come, how things will continue to inspire me to learn and create.
Right on!What do you have to offer to the lovely people of Durban?
G:I try and keep the answer to this question as varied as possible. My illustration work does tend to follow a bit of a cartoon inspired slant. I aim to dabble in as many avenues of creativity as I can so in the past I’ve been asked to create numerous tee designs for various brands both locally and abroad. Mobile app illustrations, toy designs, mascots, stickers, skateboards and 3D modeling. The list goes on. Some of the local clients that I’ve had the honor of working with include Lola Malone, the tattoo parlor on Florida Rd, Mooki Noodle Bar in Glenwood as well as various Wakaberry branches in Durban, Cape Town & Johannesburg.
Why do you feel Durban is the city to be in at the moment?
G:I think it definitely varies from person to person for sure. The trend seems to be to head over to Cape Town or Asia right now but I’m pretty happy here hey. Couldn’t ask for anything more, great weather, genuine people, a relaxed pace. Durbanites are really lifting their game here lately too, the creative scene seemed to be a bit behind with regards to shows and the level of passion. Over the past year or two this has definitely picked up. It’s great to be a part of it all.
What would you say is your biggest success so far?
G: I would have to say running my own company and working with a dream client. I started my own illustration studio in January 2012 and had a hugely successful 15 months before being offered a position back into the advertising game. Working with some great brands. One of which being SEGA, the video game company based in the UK. Completely strange how things go full-circle. Sonic The Hedgehog was literally the very first character I could draw. Never thought I would be working with the brand itself some 20 years later…
Well your talent definitely deserved that recognition! What is your ultimate goal for Tokyo-Go-Go?
G: I think the last few months of freelancing have taught me a pretty substantial lesson. Your passion needs to thrive and be an outlet or an escape for the most part. Tokyo-Go-Go is better off being my escape. The creation of my mad, cute, crazy illustrations that I enjoy most. I feel as though the ultimate goal for Tokyo-Go-Go is to maintain it as an enjoyable part of what I do but not my everything.
Future wise, I see myself still taking part in various art shows, creating products every now and then, as well as just doodling away when a glimmer of inspiration pops up.
Describe your average weekend.
G: I must say I do try and keep my weekends as average as possible. I enjoy my downtime. The beach, beers at Amsterdam, Saturday morning’s at Love Coffee. Sunday’s spent with the family or watching the Formula 1. Pretty basic.
Still sounds like a pretty decent weekend!Any advice for those wishing to get on the same track?
G:Work as hard as possible and keep at it. Seriously, theres no letting up. Creating anything should never be a chore, it should always be the activity that makes your day. Always!
How do we get hold of you if we are interested in what you do?
G: You can contact me through my site www.tokyo-go-go.com
OR follow me on Twitter @tokyo_go_go and Instagram :instagram.com/tokyogogo