In his latest dissertation, Hiroki Nakamura of visvim writes at length about Patina, the buildup that appears on the surface of metals after years of oxidization. This green-hued layer is considered by many to be aesthetically pleasing, hence a second, more literary meaning that is now commonly used to describe an object that has aged well over time. There has always been a sense of whimsy which accompanies Hiroki’s collections and here we get a taste for his adventurous techniques and the experiences that inspire them.

“I was in the corner of a dilapidated barn in rural Ohio, staring down at an old motorcycle that had probably been left in that barn for a very long time. Most of the metallic parts were rusted over, and what looked to be a red coat of paint had a thick layer of dust covering it. I doubted whether it would even move properly, let alone start up. As I gazed at this dusty old bike, I couldn’t help but feel a pang of sadness, wondering what this bike would look like with just a little bit of love. That hazy image began to gain clarity, and the next day, I found myself on the way back to California, with a rusty old motorcycle in tow.”

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