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EXCLUSIVE: Artist Jim Evans’ LEGEND OF THE YOKAI Michelangelo

Earlier this summer Paramount Pictures released the latest live-action version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, starring Megan Fox and Will Arnett. Now, fans of the heroes in a half shell can go back even further and learn about “The Legend of Yokai,” an art exhibition that explores the mythical origins of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Long before the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were known to the world, there were the Kappa Yokai, mythical creatures summoned by the spirits of honor, wisdom, courage and brotherhood. “The Legend of the Yokai” is an exhibition of global artists, featuring pieces inspired by these principles and the four heroes that embody them. Based on traditional folklore, “The Legend of the Yokai” tells the epic tale of a village over-run by an evil warlord and his army of demon monsters. When all hope seems lost, the wishes of an innocent girl summon forth the heroic kappa turtles, who abide by the pillars of honor, courage, wisdom and brotherhood, fighting side-by-side to vanquish this fearsome evil.
This art collection includes works from established artists all over the globe (including 30 different artists from 16 different countries!) who are fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and today we’re premiering exclusively on Nerdist.com Jim Evans’ interpretation of Michelangelo and the spirit of “Brotherhood.”
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Evans, a diehard Turtles fan, came up in the San Francisco underground scene. He has illustrated comics, album covers, rock and film posters, as well as advertising and magazine illustrations. Evans is also founder of the T.A.Z. collaboration, which is responsible for hundreds of gig posters, album covers, and rock ephemera. T.A.Z. turned out numerous posters for bands like U2, Oasis, Porno For Pyros, Green Day, Pearl Jam, The Beastie Boys, The Ramones, Rage Against The Machine, The Wu Tang Clan, Metallica, and Nine Inch Nails.
For more from the latest cinematic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle adventure starring Megan Fox and Will Arnett, check out our interview with Mikey himself, actor Noel Fisher. “The Legend of Yokai,” an art exhibition, features the work of Jim Evans, Anthony Lister, Sonya Suhariyan and others, is available online now.
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