Toshy is a multi-disciplinary Dutch artist who aims to trigger and inspire. He sees the world as a podium to display art as a communication form without limitations. Influenced by social topics, fashion trends and facts of life, Toshy creates stories, quotes, messages and designs. His creativity has no boundries. You can expect paintings, photography, copywriting, video, graphics and music. Art in every possible form, storytelling art!
Scroll down and find out about his background, inspiration, tattoos and more.
TOSHY. WHAT’S IN THE NAME?
Toshy, child of the eighties, he grew up with HipHop and Breakbeat, got inlfuenced by Madonna, Prince, George Michael and Jean Paul Gaultier. Saw models like Naomi Campbell,Kate Mose and linda Evangalista become supermodels and Mtv was on. An era where artists became famous because of their powerful message to the world. Taboos were broken, urban cultures influenced fashion and House Music was born. Toshy joined the acid and newbeat House Scene (1987). And dived into a world of trippin’ beats and colourful visuals projected by VJ’s in dark clubs and illegal houseparties through Europa.
At the age of 16 (1986) Toshy saw the documentary “Style Wars” and created his first graffiti paintings. By the urban dictionary he choose for “Toshy” which was slang for “rubbish or crap”. Toshy was “too shy” to be proud of his pieces in the streets of The Netherlands so he signed it with “crap (Toshy)”. At that time he didn’t know what Toshy would bring him later.
At age 17 he created his first commissioned art and the Dutch press asked him for interviews. He became more famous and to continue his illegal art by night Toshy had to change his tagname many times. He used names like; Trouble, Scan and One. At age 19 Toshy stopped with his illegal graffiti activities, it was too difficult to work anonymous. And he missed the excitement of the creating art in the streets.
From ‘crap’ to king
When you look up the urban dictionary for “Toshy” the explanation “crap” is gone. When you look for “Toshi” now you’ll get the explanation “King”. From illegal (rubbish/crap) graffiti artist in the streets to a king with art in galleries to products, collaborations and a lifestyle brand.
Begin nineties Toshy finished the school of advertising and design and started his carreer as a creative director (1993 – 2012). He used his multidisciplinary skills for the advertising industry.
A new era
Since 2012 Toshy sees the world as a podium to display art as a communication form without limitations. As a multidisciplinary artist he likes to combine and use his skills in illustration, music composing, graphic/product/interior design, typography, videography, photography and copywriting to create a new style of communication. “Storytelling art”. In Milan they used to call him a 360° artist.
Watch the VIDEO
Toshy see the world as his stage. Toshy loves to travel and and inspire people with his art and energy. The video shows you a short impression of some of his art trips.
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MESSAGES FOR LIFE
Toshy and his tattoos and meanings
SURROUND YOURSELF WITH FLOWERS (POSITIVE PEOPLE)
HOLD ON TO WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN (Anchor/cross)
THE WORLD IS YOUR STAGE
toshy tag with crown (crown: be a king of your own life)
+ TRUST MORE PEOPLE
+ mORE SELFCONFIDENCE
+ DO IT WITH MORE PASSION
connect your heart to strangers
you can choose
(happy or sad)
TIME IS RELATIVE, ACTIONS ARE RELEVANT
A multidisciplinary artist
“If I can imagine it I can create it”
The world is your stage!
Like Frank Sinatra once sang “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere” Toshy likes to turn it the other way around.
I you can’t make it here you can make it somewhere else. There will always be a place where you can fulfill your dreams
Get yourself a one of a kind handpainted tshirt!. Be unique expose yourself with this Toshy shirt. Toshy painted his quote “Love Now!” on a greay/green shirt. Be part of the worldwide Love Now! project and connect your heart. SIze: M
Get yourself a one of a kind handpainted tshirt!. Be unique expose yourself with this Toshy shirt. Toshy painted his quote “Be one in a million be a light to others” illustrated with his star icon. SIze: M
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