Giant Robot x tokyobike featuring James Jean x Katsuya Terada

The James Jean x Katsuya Terada tokyobike collab with Giant Robot

The James Jean x Katsuya Terada tokyobike collab with Giant Robot

The Giant Robot X tokyobike collaboration began as a simple “draw on a bike” project and quickly turned into a larger vision: elevate a bicycle from an utilitarian object to a contemporary art object. We joined two forces in the contemporary art world from across the globe to make this a reality. The bike will be auctioned this coming week online and all the proceeds will be donated to the Orphan's Education Fund in Rikuzentakata, a region torn by the devastation of the 3.11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.


by Eric Nakamura

Photos by George Ko. Video by Sarah Ko.


James Jean draws on a Classic Sport tokyobike.

A tokyobike is a pristinely designed bicycle with no extraneous features, and the addition of artist adornments is a first for the company. In serendipitous nature of a great collaboration, it turns out the artists have multiple connections to the project.


Artist Katsuya Terada has a 30 year career as a manga-ka (comics artist) and illustrator. He resides only walking distance away from the Koenji location of tokyobike. He visits Giant Robot 2 Gallery annually for his solo exhibitions and added a dragon drawing to the top tube of the bike in front of an audience. Katsuya Terada annually donates his efforts to teach manga drawing to children in the tsunami affected Tohoku region.


Katsuya Terada and his philosophy of drawing.

Los Angeles resident James Jean is an internationally revered contemporary artist. His exhibitions and works are collected internationally, and he’s recently exhibited at Takashi Murakami’s gallery in Tokyo. James has numerous collaborations in Japan and spends a considerable amount of time overseas.

During 3.11 James was exhibiting his work at an art show in Los Angeles. Shortly afterwards James went to Tokyo and experienced the immediate reaction to the tsunami first hand.


"I was in Tokyo not long after the earthquake. The city was quiet and fragile. All the little pieces of earth came apart for a moment and we could see the spaces between. So, here are the fragments of my memory from that time, and the invisible bonds that tie them all together.”- James Jean

The custom Terada x Jean tokyobike will go on sale for auction this week on Paddle 8 with a kick off event at tokyobike's Los Angeles pop up location at Row DTLA, near the old American Apparel factory.  The proceeds will go to the Orphan's Education Fund in the town of Rikuzentakata, one of the most heavily impacted areas of the 3.11 tragedy.  Many children lost their parents in the event of the tsunami and the fund aids in supporting their paths for a career in the future.  If you would like to attend the event, please follow the details below.

RSVP To the Event Here

From the event site:

tokyobike has partnered with the LA-based Asian pop culture emporium Giant Robot on a single bike featuring original artwork by Katsuya Terada and James Jean.

In partnership with Ippon Matsu Beer we will be offering this very unique bicycle via an exclusive auction hosted by Paddle8 to benefit victims of the 2011 tsunami in Rikuzentakata, specifically, the Orphan's Education Fund.

Join us for the launch of this incredible auction, Ippon Matsu Beer tasting and sips of SOTO Sake.

Link to the Auction Coming Soon.

The music in the video with James Jean is Claude Debussy's "Prelude" from the Suite Bergamasque.

The "Prelude" belongs in the same suite as "Clair de Lune", the song played in Ocean's 11.

Played by George Ko, CEO of Giant Robot Media