Japanese Stamps Repurposed as Illustrative Tools by Artist Baku Maeda

Despite it’s high-tech reputation, Japan remains very much a nation held firmly in the realm of the analog. Objects like fax machines, record players and hanko, a seal used in lieu of signatures, remain alive and well. Along those lines are stamps: they’re used professionally in schools, post offices and almost all bureaucratic settings. But Hokkaido-based artist Baku Maeda found a different use for them.

Using all sorts of stamps, Maeda created a series of playful illustrations and compiled them all into a book titled Stamp By Me. You can see more on his portfolio site.


  1. Hello
    I would love to buy the book Stamp by Me from Baku Maeda
    do you know where I can find it (on line or in Japan)
    love your work
    Thank you

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