The Tokyoiter is a Japanese tribute to The New Yorker for illustration lovers
The Tokyoiter has been around for some time now, delighting its fans with Japan's own creative tribute to The New Yorker and The Parisianer. But if you've not yet discovered this ongoing illustration series, then allow us to make the introductions.
The imaginary magazine invites artists, illustrators and "drawing freaks" who live in Tokyo to come up with new covers, taking inspiration from the world's largest and most vibrant city. It was established by British illustrator Andrew Joyce, French art director David Robert, and Japanese illustrator and creative director Tatsushi Eto.
"We want to celebrate the passion for this city and its inhabitants' stories," explains David, who has worked in Japan since 2013.
"We hope that each cover will be testament to what makes Tokyo such a fascinating place to live and experience. We are sure that with this tribute to The New Yorker's traditional cover art and The Parisianer, we can both celebrate illustration, cartooning, drawing, design, creativity, and – of course – Tokyo."
From Fern Choonet, Luis Mendo and Mateusz Urbanowicz to Shindo Keiko, Louis-Étienne Vallée and Alessandro Bioletti, many of the featured artists like to provide an explanation behind their cover illustration.
Speaking of her geisha cover, Fern Choonet said: "I was inspired to make this illustration from the fact that Tokyo also has its own Geisha district, although not as well known as Kyoto. If you're lucky enough, you might stumble upon them in areas like Asakusa or Yoshi-cho. I wanted to use the colorful patterns in her kimono to depict the city lights and signboards all around Tokyo."
Discover more wonderful art tributes to Tokyo at thetokyoiter.com. Or follow their hugely inspiring Instagram feed.
All images courtesy of The Tokyoiter