Shin Tanaka is a Japanese artist, graffiti writer, paper toy creator, designer who has worked with some of the biggest names in street fashion and designer toys. Born in Fukuoka, Japan in 1980, Tanaka’s claim to fame is a vast range of elaborate paper constructions ranging from adorably hip and colorful toy monsters, to spot-on replicas of cutting edge footwear. His work has led to collaborations with Nike, Adidas and Reebok, for specially commissioned shoes, and scores of gallery showcases throughout the world. Many of his original creations are posted on his website, http://shin.co.nr, and made available for viewers to download and cut out into their very own paper toys. Shin Tanaka’s playful and fun designs are appealing for creative youngsters as much as they are for the most hardened and cynical hipster. At the Kennedy Center, Tanaka will present the art of paper toy making—Paper Toy Live.