May 8

Everything you draw when you’re 20, you’d erase when you’re 25. Or even at 30. But when you’re 40, I think you’d revise those drawings from when you were 20 rather than scrap them. At 30 you’d be embarrassed by the immaturity in your own work from 10 years prior, rejecting them outright. But at 40 you’d accept them, finding different parts of to play around with.

I am now 50 years old, so I find many ways to tinker with my old works. I update them with a full heart, and they approach perfection.

-Yoshitomo Nara, “Drawing By Yourself