But you don't want to be a self-proclaimed "artist" either, right?
Right. I believe that it's the viewer who decides whether your work is art or if you’re an artist, not the creator. That said, I'm always thinking about how to go beyond the conventions of manga and make it evolve, like, for example, collaging real photographs in with the drawings.
Taken from Shitaro Kago Turns Shit Into Gold, THE 4-ACO-DMT Issue, Vice.
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Shintaro Kago's style has been called "fashionable paranoia", dealing with themes like extreme sex, violence and abnormality. He has been published in several adult manga magazines, gaining him considerable popularity. His short story 'Punctures' (about a man who is so paranoid about getting holes in anything that he rather makes the punctures himself before it really happens) has been translated into English and published in the 'Secret Comics Japan' collection of underground publications. Offers have been made to publish his work in France.