Tuesday Brunch #02 🌊🦈 🎨 Miripolsky X Kentaro
2.22.2022 Miripolsky X Yoshimura - A Master Builders for the Future
SharkTales Art Club is a weekly deep dive into entrepreneurship, art, technology, NFTs, and life lessons from master builders, hosted by Miripolsky, Ravin, and NFTG.
Kentaro is a multimedia artist, creative director, martial artist, and entrepreneur from Los Angeles, CA. For the clubhouse replay click here.
After studying Neuroscience at UCSD then entering into the film program at UCLA, Kentaro started his career creating content for global brands such as McDonald’s, Lego, Benjamin Moore, and many others before eventually transitioning to be a children’s book illustrator and brand director. He created the visual direction for the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s children’s line with The Magic Tea House, and his children’s illustrations have traveled across museums throughout the United States. He has been featured on NBC for his large-scale guerilla pieces, the New York Times for his mural work, and in TIME magazine, Slash Film, Forbes, Huffington Post, Men's Health, GameRant, Vice, and NPR for his films.
As a martial artist, Kentaro competed internationally, fighting Muay Thai at Pattaya Stadium in Thailand and training with Judo Olympians at the Kodokan and the Japanese royal guards within the Imperial Palace. He currently remains one of the cultural ambassadors for the upcoming Los Angeles Olympics.
In 2015, he co-founded Neuro - a functional confectionary brand revolutionizing the consumable supplement space. With over 25 million pieces sold since Neuro’s successful Indiegogo campaign, the company has been featured in TIME magazine, Dr. Oz, Forbes 30 Under 30, The New Yorker, Buzzfeed, Shark Tank, The Joe Rogan Podcast, Fast Company, and the cover of Entrepreneur magazine. It can now be found in over 10,000 retail locations nationwide.
Alongside his ventures, Kentaro currently paints large-scale murals as both a freelance artist and a qualified muralist through the Department of Cultural Affairs. As an experiential artist, he co-designed the immersive retail experience CAMP in New York, The Sixth Collection for Jerry Lorenzo's streetwear brand Fear of God, Britney Spears’ The Zone, and Diddy’s 50th Birthday through okidoki, an experiential design agency he co-founded in 2018. Most recently, he worked alongside Clubhouse and Crypto.com to do their first NFT drop and painted murals for the mayoral candidacy in New York, PayPal HQ, and the only school in Shishmaref, AK.
He now focuses on public art and story-driven NFTs, merging the physical and digital spaces together.