Prinker – Temporary Tattoo Solution

If you are wondering what PRINKER is, please watch these videos. (You’ve probably never seen this device before ) It was one of the greatest Korean inventions and only for B2B for now)

I signed a contract with Prinker in Nov 2018 to create 30 tattoo designs, and I’ve been working on the designs since then.

I was interested in developing tattoo images because of my strong line works, but Prinker’s designs needed more than just good drawings.

The designs required to be in a limited size which was a short height, and a long width, (8100pix x 1080pix). Moreover, there’s no pure white and black ink in the device, and colors made out of C,M,Y cosmetic inks.

And the most important/hardest thing was that tattoo designs have to stick out of skin!

So some of them could be switched to new designs, but here are my tattoo designs for Prinker ⬇︎⬇︎⬇︎

 When Prinker was delivered to me it looked like this.
When Prinker was delivered to me it looked like this.
 Lovely box!
Lovely box!

I experimented until I got the right designs, so I’ve tried million times on my skin, my family’s and my students’.

Check out below and happy 2019!! Hopefully Prinker on your skin soon! 🙂

 Bonus - Happy 2019, Linocut
Bonus – Happy 2019, Linocut

Happy Lunar New Year!

Dear Jorge

How have you been? Sorry… I haven’t kept in touch with you for a while, but don’t worry, I’ve never forgotten you.

It’s been almost three months I came to my motherland, and next week, we have the most important of the Korean holidays named Soel-nal which is the Korean lunar new year.

We’re celebrating Jan 1st as well, so I felt little too much for the holidays. But whatever holidays are always good… right?

I heard 2016 is the Red Fire Monkey year, so my imaginary world created this image. What do you think?… It was fun while I was drawing though… Hope you like it!

I’m practicing boxing pretty hard these days, so when I met Greg again, I’m ready to surprise him! and these days, I seriously miss the yogurt and salad from our neighborhood…

Anyways, best wishes of 2016 for you and your wife as well, and let me know if you need anything from here!

Oh, Allie is now in the US, so I’ll let her know your #.

See you soon and take care,


Before Summer goes…

Hello Fall!

I’m back from my long, but mostly work vacation in France, and got a new studio in the Upper East Side, New York. I’d lived seven out of ten years in the UES, and I missed this neighborhood so bad, so finally I’m back! And it feels soooooooo good! Hopefully better work and life will be created here? 🙂

So here’s a set of portraits for Billboard Magazine‘s August #26 ‘Fall music preview’ issue. I hope you figure out who’s who.

Many thanks to AD Patrick!




This one was for Atlanta Magazine‘s September issue, and it’s about Pirch. Pirch became my dream shop ever since I drew this piece!

Thanks AD Tara!


And this photo I got from AD Len from Nautilus Magazine! I’m glad to see they were enjoying my book!

One copy of this books was at last week’s NY Art Book Fair at the MoMA PS1, and was on a Desert Island‘s table! And surprisingly, I heard from Gabe it was sold in 30 min!

I’m glad and wondering who bought my book so quick, so please let me know if you are the one! 🙂




And lastly, here’s my work up on Rockaway’s Bathhouse at Riis Park. Thanks for the nice photos and hope people enjoy there like the same as my work!

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Summer 2015 updates!

IMG_6635 I’m currently staying in Montpellier, France until the end of Summer! My cousin kindly invited me to their vacation house, and I’m so satisfied with my glamorous new studio here! Everything is so different with New York, and the weather is amazingly perfect and never humid! I’m working hard as you see in my messy desk, and of course play hard! 🙂11850571_940284875995072_8799984591561046065_oHere’s PCMA Convene magazine’s August issue! I did the cover, interior and spots for their “Best in Show” 2015. Thanks a lot to AD Alissa! Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 4.48.26 PMI wished to go to beach while I drew this, but now dreams came true! JR-4842-final-spots Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 4.41.52 PM Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 4.42.12 PM Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 4.41.11 PM 88_06_box_1JR-Englandbus-finalEight by Eight’s issue #06 was just out, and I drew the Soccer Coach Roy Hodgson& ‪‎English national team‬ on the English red bus! Thanks Priest & Grace!

JennyCover_onnewsstands JR-Bust-final Bust magazine’s previous issue had my illustration in it about a pet shelter. Thanks AD Lauren! 13fd99c44f3f4965afadbd86c62226ac_huge JR-diaz-final This piece was for Grantland Quarterly issue #12! My illo was about Cameron Diaz‬ & The Other Woman. Thanks AD Juliet!

New Book project – Urban Jungle Yogini!

This summer, the busiest season I’ve ever had so far in my illustration life, and here’s the one reason that made me busy! – in a happy way!

I just finished my new seventh silkscreen handmade book art directed (for silkscreen) by David Sandlin. It took six weeks, and I made ten copies.

Hope you enjoy and if you are interested in purchasing book or prints, please e-mail me at

oh, don’t forget to see it with 3D glasses!


A yogini is doing handstand acroyoga with a gorilla, so it is supposed to see in the vertical way! 0102030405

Thank you!

June 2015!

Hello June!

I’m expecting this summer will be awesome, and hope everyone has the same feelings! Here’s some illos I’ve done for May/June 2015.


For the New Yorker for Father’s day’s colum ‘ Father by Tatyana Tolstaya’ Link

Thanks AD Deanna!


For 5280 Magazine about Coloradans who signed up for the Bear Grylls Survival Academy’s 24-hour adult survival course Link

Thanks AD Amanda & Editor Mary Clare for featuring me in the mag!


For Newsweek’s latest issue – Two numbers section about Chris Christie’s huge appetite. Thanks AD Jessica! Link


For Lucky Peach’s MOM month May. I illustrated David Chang’s column again. It was about his grandmas. (it made me think of my grandmas too!) Thanks AD Walter! Link

JR-celtic-final01JR-idea02JR-celtic-final02 The last are Celtic FC’s ‪‎Virgil van Dijk‬ & Emilio izaguirre‬ with AD Ana Benaroya!

Thanks for reading!! 🙂

Alcalde Magazine’s May/June issue cover, opener and more!

I was working pretty hard for the virtual reality project from Alcalde Magazine! Thanks a lot to AD Kate, and here’s the process.


They made the cover as a moving image! looks so good! Link

Alcalde_MayJune15_CoverFinal cover  JR-4737-final05I was working on the masthead to see which one is better.

JR-4737-idea01Idea sketch

JR-4718-finalOpener – In the future, people will wear virtual reality headsets like using cell phones these days.

IMG_4705sketch process   037_AlcMayJun_15036_AlcMayJun_15

Final images

JR-wonderw-finalAnd here’s a Wonder Woman for Grantland. Thanks AD Linsey! Link

IMG_5067An angry wonder woman came to my studio the next day.


This 8×8 image was selected into American Illustration 34! Find my image at the book and the party in November! Link


This is a sneak peek of my new project. Probably I need to say good-bye to Miss Eggplant and say-hello to something NEW soon!

The Spurs for the NBA!

Happy MLK day! and happy new year again!

The start of 2015 was good, and I happily dedicated my January weekends with these basketball boys.

My good friend Ana Benaroya is an art director at the Chatoon/ Doodle Republic, and they needed a bunch of the Spurs for a presentation for the NBA.

So I drew Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and referee below.



I’ve been thinking of making a penciling blog, and finally I started –

For me, penciling is as important as inking, or more, and I spent a major time for penciling in my process. Also, I only use blue pencils for drawings, and ink on the top after. So my pencilings are disappeared after inking and I cannot see them again. – These are why I want to make it.

So, I’ll post sketches up on my ‘PENCIL’ blog from now on.

Hope you enjoy! 🙂

The Movado 2010 Future Legends!

Wow! Thanks Movado, I love you. ooooo
The New York Times, Thursday Dec 9th, 2010, we were on the back page of the first section!

Click HERE to see.
Kelly, me and Will! ( The only pic we got… :P)
“Movado hosted a cultural arts event at the Visual Arts Gallery at the School of Visual Arts in NYC on Monday, December 6, 2010.
Movado honored five outstanding young artists with the Movado Future Legend Award following the ‘Night of Discovery’ celebration, held in collaboration with Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation to honor ‘Jeter’s Leaders’ – Turn 2’s premier youth leadership development program.” (by Movado)

It was a fancy night!
Especially, I was honored to meet Eugene Tong who is a senior style editor, Details Magazine. (Even more than Derek Jeter and Wynton Marsalis, haha)
He had tons of sense of humor and I became a huge fan of him! (nice)
Thanks again Movado.
I’ll do my best as a Future Legend! 😀