She's Such a SKA-rtist.

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The artist who designed the liquid blend of ska iconography in Ska Weekend '07's official poster is an embodiment of the genre's internationality. Even Japan has its homegrown version of the music: â“J-ska.â”

Yukiko Adachi, the graphic designer whose handiwork announces this year's festival, claims â“I'm pure-bred Japanese; born there; parents are from there; and my passport says so, too. Japanese is the language we speak at home. But I don't think just saying â‘I'm Japanese' explains who I am and the experiences I have had. I prefer the term "third culture kid" or TCK for short. It basically defines people like me, who grew up in different cultures.â”

Besides Japan, Adachi has lived in Malaysia, India, Taiwan and Thailand, anywhere her father's work took the family. Her parents are back in Japan now, but Adachi has been in the U.S. since 2004 when she began studying illustration at Savannah College of Art and Design. The Georgia city has been Adachi's home about as long as anywhere she's been.

â“One of the reasons I love ska music is because it promotes diversity. It's definitely not an elitist scene,â” she says. â“There is a traditional Jamaican ska song by Byron Lee and the Dragonaires that goes â‘Not many people can cha cha cha/ not everybody can do the twist/ but everybody can do the ska' and I think that's exactly it. It's open to everyone, regardless of race, age, religion, etc. I'm fairly certain that my love for ska has a lot to do with my multicultural background. Anybody can enjoy the happy-go-lucky, open-minded spirit of ska.â”

Naturally, as a ska fan, Adachi was aware of Ska Weekend. â“I've always wanted to go, so for one of my assignments for a poster design class, I made one for Ska Weekend and uploaded it onto my blog,â” she says. â“Ben Altom found that picture and contacted me on MySpace, and that's how I got this amazing opportunity to design the flyer and other merchandise for this festival.â” â" J.R.


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