That’s not just any old bird on Simon’s hand, that’s the original and world-famous illustration you see on Twitter’s home page. You’d think that would have been a lucrative deal for him, but in fact Twitter purchased it off iStockphoto.com for less than the price of a hire-katsu teishoku, or $15.00. Simon’s not bitter about that as it has generated much attention towards his other work. Originally from Britain, Simon has lived in Fukuoka since 2002 with his wife and two sons. Working from his home, he creates cute and humorous illustrations using vector software and sells them on the above mentioned site, and also works on custom jobs for clients ranging from small businesses to international corporations. Always open to exploring new frontiers, Simon is collaborating with an American fashion designer on a line of men’s fashion accessories, which go on sale early next year. Visit Simon’s website at www.idokungfoo.com – and possibly meet him at the “Now Lounge” event on Oct. 24.
Home town: Kingsclere, United Kingdom
In Japan: 7 years
Originally published in Fukuoka Now magazine (fn130, Oct. 2009)