Art Giveaway: Show Me Your Hipster Side















Do you love Hipster Mickey? Now is your chance to show that love with a photo. I’m giving away a signed, deluxe print to the best dressed Hipster out there. As a bonus, I am also giving away mini-prints of previously unreleased character art from my personal collection. These prints are not available for sale.

Here’s all you have to do…

Dress up in your hippest of Hipster outfits. Now add Mickey Mouse ears. Take a photo and post it. It’s that easy. The photo can be of you, your spouse, your kids, your boyfriend – whoever wants to be in the pic. One entry per person, per photo.

UPDATE: It does not have to be Hipster Mickey merchandise. Just dress up in your own personal Hipster outfit – and don’t forget the ears.


  • Your Hipster outfit MUST INCLUDE MOUSE EARS! They can be Mickey Mouse ears, Minnie Mouse ears or you can make them yourself. Only outfits that include Mouse ears will be entered.
  • Post your photo to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Your name will be entered once for each platform you post on.
  • You must include the hashtag #AHipstersLifeForMe in all posts. Posts without this hashtag will not be entered.
  • On Twitter, you must include @jmaruyama in your tweet. On Instagram you must include @jmaruyama in your post. On Facebook you have to add me as a friend and tag me in your photo. Failure to do any of these will prevent me from seeing your entry.
  • Only postings that follow all of these rules will be eligible for the contest.


First Prize – A Hipster’s Life For Me Signed Deluxe print + Your choice of one (1) mini-print

Second Prize – A Hipster’s Life For Me Postcard (Signed) + Your choice of one (1) mini-print

Runner up prizes will include a signed postcard, magnet, and mini-prints. Number of runner up prizes will be determined by the number of entries received. First prize will be chosen by me. Second prize and runner up prizes will be selected through random drawing.

Mini-Print winners will get to select from the prints shown below. Mini-prints are 5″ x 7″ images in an 8×10 matte. These images are from my own personal collection and are not available for sale.RunawayBrain_7x5

Update (10/28/14): Two new images added to the mini-print giveaway. MiniPrints2

You have until midnight on Wednesday, November 5th to submit your photo! Winners will be announced on Thursday, November 6th.

Prizes for this contest will be shipped to U.S. addresses only.

“A Hipster’s Life For Me” will debut at WonderGround Gallery on Saturday, November 8th. I’ll be at the gallery from 11am – 1pm that day to celebrate the release.

WonderGround Gallery is located in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort.


Disney Villains – Transformation

PrintTemplateI’m constantly drawing and trying out new styles. Whether in a sketchbook or on the computer, I never tire of drawing Disney characters. And nobody does villains like Disney. More often than not, they’re the most interesting part of a Disney film. Here’s a tribute to a few of my favorite baddies from Disney animation with their evil alter egos in silhouette.

This piece is not available sale. It’s just for fun. It’s rare that I get to draw for fun these days so I take every chance I get.


Runaway Brain

RunawayBrain_7x5Runaway Brain is probably my favorite Mickey Mouse short. Originally released in 1995 in front of Disney’s A Kid In King Arthur’s Court (it was released earlier that year internationally with A Goofy Movie), the short is a funny, fast-paced update of the Mickey Mouse cartoon formula. Featuring Mickey, Minnie, Pete (as Julius) and the new character Dr. Frankenollie (voiced by Kelsey Grammer), the short is full of gags and a few jokes only Disney fans will get. The humor is a bit edgier and darker, at least for a Mickey Mouse short. Runaway Brain was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Short but lost to the Wallace and Gromit film A Close Shave. To date, I only know of its release on home video via the Walt Disney Treasures DVD: Mickey Mouse In Living Color Vol. 2. It would be the last Mickey Mouse short released theatrically until Get A Horse (2013).

This is my little tribute to this fantastic piece of animation and an interesting addition to Mickey’s lengthy filmography.

A Hipster’s Life For Me Debuts November 8th
















I’m happy to announce the next piece in the Hipster Mickey series! On Saturday, November 8th, WonderGround Gallery will debut A Hipster Life For Me. This latest image finds Mickey hanging out in the queue for Disneyland’s Pirate of The Caribbean attraction and looking too-cool with his Mint Julep. The piece will be available as a limited edition canvas, deluxe print and a variety of merchandise. I’ll be at the gallery on Saturday, November 8th from 11am – 1pm. This will be final signing of the year.

To celebrate this new piece, I’ll be posting another art giveaway on the blog! Stay tuned for details and find out how you can win a deluxe print.

You can read all about the release on Disney’s blog post here!

WonderGround Gallery is located in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort.

This Is Halloween

Basic RGBOn my recent visit to Disneyland, I had to make sure to ride Haunted Mansion Holiday. The line was long – snaking it’s way through the fountain area next to the entrance to the classic attraction. But we still managed to ride it a few times during our visit. I must admit, this is my favorite part of Halloween Time at the resort. I’m a big fan of Tim Burton’s film and always find it inspiring. I pretty much listen to the soundtrack non-stop during the month of October. Here’s a little fan art – just for fun – inspired by this incredible film and the holiday overlay at Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion. Hope to visit the Tokyo Disneyland version one of these days!