Akira Isogawa has become one of Australia’s most popular and praised designers. Isogawa's international recognition is due in part to his exquisite and contemporary designs. His creative mixes have allowed him to achieve international recognition. The fashion maven's creations are being sought after in every major fashion capitol across the world.

Isogawa was born in Kyoto, Japan, growing up he didn’t have any dreams of becoming a world famous fashion designer. “I grew up in Kyoto, Japan and as a small boy thought I would be like my father, a public servant. It wasn't until I was 21 years old and came to Australia that I really knew I wanted to be a fashion designer. I studied fashion design and graduated from the East Sydney Institute of Technology,” he told ourbrisbane.com.

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His hyperrealist drawings can’t help but evoke emotion. Compelled by raw, uncensored feelings his passion permeates the page. With every stroke of his pencil, he escorts us into the world of hip hop, inviting us to remember some of music’s greatest stars and recall their lyrics. Perfectly capturing the facial expressions, scowls and accessories of various artists, he expresses the very essence of this specific culture. His drawings of Tupac, Eazy-E, ICE Cube and Biggie are like visual odes to hip hop. But despite popular assumptions, he’s not from any of the socially accepted “hip hop cities, but from Belgium instead. Regardless of having an entirely different lifestyle than most hip hop artists, 32 year old Laurens Jansen’s artistry tells a similar story of the hip hop artists he is drawn to. Using pencil and canvas as his microphone of choice, Jansen’s drawings not only illustrate music’s ability to transcend time, age, ethnicity, and nationality, but it demonstrates heart, passion and legacy as well.

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