In today’s world, it can be difficult to stand out. Stanley Kubrick once said, “Art consists of reshaping life, but it does not create life nor cause life.” Asian-American artist Omocat has set out to do just that by turning the world of fashion and art on its head. She is an example of someone who is bringing different worlds together by combining gaming, nerd culture, and gore. Her work ranges from comics to sketchbooks to enamel pins to illustrations to apparel. Nothing is simple and drab with Omocat. Even her website pops with bright colors and invites the user to navigate through a maze of eye-popping content. Her art is heavily influenced by Japanese media and pop culture. She is inspiring the Asian Fusion movement by combining video games from the West with the anime styles of the East and turning them into art.
Like many young artists, Omocat was discouraged from pursuing a nonconventional route to recognition. She enjoyed drawing in the anime style, but this was frowned upon at her school and not allowed. Her instructors thought nothing good come from drawing anime, but Omocat set out to prove them wrong and change how people viewed anime. She began posting her drawings to her blog and signing her work “Omocat” (a name she first used for a school project) to prevent theft. Her hobby developed into a blog which then blossomed into a business. Omocat has captured the attention of big companies such as Coca-Cola, Fangamer, and Namco. She was named Raw Hollywood Indie Artist of the Year 2012 and has self-published six books. In 2014, Omocatraised $203,300 on Kickstarter for her psychological horror game Omori, which is currently in production.
Instead of drawing what is popular, Omocat creates art that aligns with her vision and makes an impression. The well-received artist prefers to remain anonymous. Omocat desires to be known as a person that is separate from her brand, but she is on the fast track to becoming the next Andy Warhol. Andy Warhol, a boundary pusher, combined popular culture and art to change the way art is perceived. Both had similar creative starts. They both received encouragement from their mothers, took art lessons, received degrees in art, and worked for mainstream companies. If you ever were to look at their art side by side, you would be able to see the similarities such as the bright, vibrant colors and how some of the art seems to pop out at you (hence the name “Pop Art” which is what Andy Warhol is known for).
Andy Warhol was the most successful and highly paid commercial illustrator in New York. He came from humble, Eastern European beginnings and through hard work rose to worldwide fame. Like Omocat, Andy combined his art with the pop culture of the time. His work could be described as comic, decorative, and whimsical. Omocat is becoming a pop culture phenomenon in her own right. Her work is bringing about the inclusiveness of different subcultures from different parts of the world and inspiring people to go after their own goals in a world that constantly tells you that you should be content with the ordinary.