SNIPE1 was born in Tokyo in 1974. As a pioneer among Japanese graffiti writers, Snipe1 has been active since the dawn of Japan’s graffiti scene and later threw himself into the graffiti world of early 1990s New York during his teenage years. Since then, he has traveled to various countries establishing connections with graffiti communities all around the world, before finally returning to Japan. Upon moving his base back to his homeland, Snipe1 has dedicated himself to being a missionary for Japanese graffiti culture, contributing to the rise of the culture through his various efforts in the underground scene. Snipe1’s graffiti draws upon the sensibility of street culture but incorporates an edge of “dirtiness” that lends to an unmistakable individual style. By pushing the boundaries, he continuously dares to toe the danger of breaking stereotypes.
His solo exhibitions include: “‘METAVIRUS’ - don’t say it, spray it.” (Hidari Zingaro, Tokyo, 2018), “‘METABUGS’ - Rules Are Made to be Broken” (Chin’s Gallery, Bangkok, 2019), “‘METAZEALOT’ - Like Attracts Like” (Avenue des Arts, Los Angeles, 2020), “‘METASHEEPLE’ - Which Iz The Shepard?” (Lucie Chang Fine Arts, Hong Kong, 2021), etc.