A Warrior's Dreams Vol. 1: The Bushido Code (Samurai)

2017
Art Direction, Graphic Design, Illustration
This was a 4 part series of screen-printed posters based on the romanticized vision of the samurai. Each poster is my interpretation of specific Jisei (Japanese Death poems) written by actual samurai before they committed the act of seppuku. Visuals inspired by a recent research trip to Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan.
“Like an old tree
From which we gather no blossoms
Sad has been my life
Fated to bear no fruit”
- Minamoto Yorimasa

Part I of A Warrior’s Dreams Series [2013]
12” x 36” five-color screen-print
Madero Beach French Paper
Printed by Seizure Palace in Portland, OR
A Warrior's Dreams Part I
A Warrior's Dreams Part I [Variant]
“Holding forth this sword
I cut vacuity in twain;
In the midst of the great fire,
a stream of refreshing breeze!”
- Shiaku Nyûdo

Part II of A Warrior’s Dreams Series [2013]
12” x 36” five-color screen-print
Madero Beach French Paper
Printed by Seizure Palace in Portland, OR
A Warrior's Dream Part II
A Warrior's Dreams Part II [Variant]
“Both the victor
and the vanquished are
but drops of dew,
but bolts of lightning -
thus should we view the world.”

- Ôuchi Yoshitaka

 Part III of A Warrior’s Dreams Series [2013]
12” x 36” five-color screen-print
Madero Beach French Paper
Printed by Seizure Palace in Portland, OR
A Warrior's Dream Part III
A Warrior's Dreams Part III [Variant]
“Had I not known
that I was dead
already
I would have mourned
my loss of life.”

- Ota Dokan

Part IV of A Warrior’s Dreams Series [2013]
12” x 36” five-color screen-print
Madero Beach French Paper
Printed by Seizure Palace in Portland, OR
A Warrior's Dreams Part IV
A Warrior's Dreams Part IV [Variant]
PRINTING PROCESS PHOTOS
PRINTED DETAIL PHOTOS
FAN TRIBUTE TATTOOS
PUBLICATIONS
Victionary: Asian Inspiration [2016]
http://victionary.com/product/asian-inspiration/
©2013 Anthony Petrie

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