The Art and Lies of Ken Tanaka

BLOG: I first heard of LA artist, actor, and author Ken Tanaka/David Ury when I happened to notice the cover of his big yellow children’s book for grown ups: Everybody Dies. It is exactly what it sounds like: a picture book that, in the vein of blockbusters like Everybody Poops, helps us understand one of the little facts of life.

Tanaka’s style – artistically childlike but conceptually mature – lends itself perfectly to such a theme. It also lends itself to his role as Ken Tanaka, the balding white man adopted as a baby into a Japanese family. You may recognize him from his Youtube pleas to help him find his father John Smith.

You may just as easily recognize him from Verizon Wireless.