Ask Italian artist and illustrator Simone Legno to describe his artwork and he'll sum it up with one word - 'Japanisme'. Because while Legno originally hails from Rome, his soul is firmly rooted in the "happy face of Shibuya" and the "magic silence of Kyoto". A fascination for all things Japanese defines Legno's work. With echoes of anime, manga and Hello Kitty, his style is a modern, European take on the cute character iconography that pervades Japanese culture.

Oddball characters like 'Bastardino' are a prime example. The little dog in a spiky cactus suit is one of Legno's favourite creations and it's become a flag-waver for his global art and lifestyle brand - tokidoki. The tokidoki online store sells toys, skateboards, jewellery, watches, badges, knitwear, sportswear, shoes and stationery. Legno has also collaborated with big-hitter fashion brands such as LeSportsac, Fornarina, Fujitsu and Hello Kitty. He's living the dream.

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