(Art) The Amazing Acrylics of Akihiro Higuchi

This is a companion to last week’s post of fantasy art by Theo Stylianides, who imagined an alternate history where Japanese samurai adorned themselves in the armor of giant insects (and even rode them as mounts).

Fine artist Akihiro Higuchi has done the opposite. He has adorned real beetles in the style of Japanese acrylic using the traditional characters, motifs, and imagery of his homeland. The result is astounding and highlights once again the deep connection between Japanese culture and nature.