Kazuki Takamatsu was born in 1978 in Sendai, Japan. Since childhood, he has been inspired by mass media and Japanese anime and comics. His style is a mixture of traditional Eastern culture and the fantasies of modern subcultures. With black backgrounds contrasting his smooth, purple-blue brushworks, he mostly uses poster paint, chalks and acrylic paint. At the first glance, his works resemble sophisticated collections of layered X-ray photographs, with the layers creating a three-dimensional effect along with a hand-drawn accuracy that rivals computer generated animations. The strong sense of transparency and fluid silhouettes enhance the soft vitality in his works. His themes are mostly based on guns, weapons, magic circles and lolita girls. He earned his fame in East Asia, Europe and North America with his fantastic style that combines a sense of stiffness with tenacity.