Pack of GIFs of this documentary video about him.
Yes, I was too bored and I began to do GIFs about Daijiro Kato.
AGAIN. (?) XD
It was an older photo of January 20th in the airport of Cancún, México, when I was coming back to Colombia.
I had to put my bags and so on in there for the epically epic long travel what awaited for me from Cancún to Panamá, and from Panamá to Bogotá. And the worst of all is that I had to come back to classes the next day.
Something very funny was this photo, I was doing the queue in front of the “74 door”. And in the end, it was the door who had to use my parents and I for put my stuff.
Since then, the 74 became too my lucky number. Yes, I am so Katista even for this. XD
I will dedicate a post in Tumblr of why I chose this drawing of dear Daijiro Kato for my second “Draw This Again”.
As you know, when I did the drawing of the left, I was going through a very harsh time because what happened with Marco Simoncelli.
But also, since late 2011 I had some strange urges of to draw Dai-chan, especially after of notice his hair. It was like ‘callng me’ for draw him. I had a sort of feeling.
And then, I decided that I would draw him, so I sit down a day of January 2012 and I began to draw him more or less by memory, always keeping a very careful attention on his hair.
Since I was not sure of how people would react if they discovered that actually I had an issue with Kato, and I was still very upset with an incident of cheap drama I had in deviantART with my drawing of Simoncelli, I took a lot on publish this drawing. Initially I put the condition of that I would only publish the drawing in the planned day (April 20th) if nobody made drama. Glad in the end there was not drama.
Personally I have a sort of link with “Les Jours Tristes”, because the feeling I had and also… because this drawing I could meet amazing people and it changed somewhat my own path.
Technically it was one of the last drawings I did with The GIMP and with my older lineart and colouring techniques. That’s reason I decided that I had to show that I really improved.
The second drawing is equally special. Because I did this not just for show I improved, also because I wanted to do a really proper thing for honour his memory. Because the song, too. For me, those drawings are also my evolution as a fan of Daijiro Kato. Like a “timeline”.
A curious fact is that when I did the hair of the second drawing, the colour was a bit brighter, like in some photos of Kato himself in 1998 year. So I had to use tools of hue/saturation in Photoshop for adjust a bit the colours.
And, even the programs are different. I even added some sunglasses and I did the clothes more similar to an actual photo of him in 2003 year. Or the fact I put the two black points he had near of his left eye.
In concept, the drawings are very similar. The colour combinations are still based in 2003 year, both drawings are titled as song linked with him in a indirect or direct way. In the drawing of the left, it is a non-direct relationship because “Les Jours Tristes” is from the OST of Amelie and it’s linked with Daijiro because a video of Spanish Public TV. The other one is because a song who was, actually, dedicated to him.
Maybe the only important difference it is because the second drawing has not the flashy frame of the first one. It’s because the frame in “Les Jours Tristes” was a method for avoid to lose space, while in “Hoshi ni natta”, I think the space is very well used and it’s not necessary the frame.
Well, that’s all.
Today ten years ago that great Daijiro Kato left us, one of my mechanics was his mechanic! #74 (via @AleixEspargaro)
Hey, Aleix Espargaró, you’re doing it really right for make a tribute to Daijiro Kato, eh? ;)
Someone did noticed the 74 sticker in the back of Taka and the 48 in the bike?
Ten years of Suzuka 2003.
I can put my first memory of MotoGP in today ten years ago… Japanese GP of 2003, in Suzuka.
I still can remember… Daijiro’s crash being shown in national news. I still can remember how suddenly I was able of remember it, though I shouldn’t do it, because I didn’t care about MotoGP in that time. It was the first time I heard about of it, in fact.
And then during those two weeks, hearing about… he on comma, with critical state… I was still too young, with just ten years old, I didn’t understand, the only was… “he’s not fine”. I didn’t understand that he would die anyway… and as you know, in the end it happened. That April 20th.
As said a lot of riders, the race had to stop… as said Rossi and everybody, Suzuka was already too dangerous, and they weren’t able of solve it in time… and then Suzuka became the place of the sudden end of probably one of its best children. Did you know that Daijiro loved Suzuka, it was his favourite track? Destiny sometimes is so wry and bastard.
That crash became a breakpoint, and because of that, it was necessary to do a lot of things for improve safety in MotoGP. Right now, I remembered some crashes in 2012 season, who were very violent and similar to the one who killed Daijiro… against a wall… but because all those improvings, the riders now would be able of survive and being fine. But the same story as a lot of similar situations: They don’t do a shit unless something terrible happens, as with this, with Daijiro.
It’s sad and unlucky that when I want to place my first memory about MotoGP, it has to be on there. I really, really hate it. But I don’t reject it, I don’t hide it anymore, because this is my truth. My only truth.
Do you know why I chose this photo?
Because I don’t want to remember the saddest things. I would prefer this funny, cute photo, of him pointing to the camera. Yes, even in Suzuka 2003, before of that race, but still, a very funny photo.
He was like that, as shown in photos, videos… as said as people who met him personally… he was like that, funny, cool. He’s one of the few people I would call “fucking boss”. He won my respect as a rider, that one who kicked the asses of everybody in 2001 season in 250cc. That one who got a podium on his debut in Suzuka 96 of 250cc, and the following year, he would get in the last corner of last lap of Suzuka 97 the victory, from the hands of Harada and Ukawa. But also, he won my respect as a person, as the funny, cute guy who had stupid photos on his website, who dedicated a place to his cats on the first version of his official website, the one who seemed to be the only who painted something serious in a ceramics event before Motegi 2002 and had a fangirlish cameraguy saying “Kato-san, Kato-saaaaan, Kato-saaaaaaaan”.
Yes, April 6th is a very sad day, but do you know, dear Dai-chan? Yes, I miss you, but you were so fucking awesome that to cry over you would be so unfair.
I would love to have you winning as my first memory. But it was impossible. But still, I can research and I can talk random stuff and spread the love.
And despite my lack of luck I can admire you. You deserve it. I chose to remember and I am not alone.
All my infinite respect for you, Kato Daijiro-senshu.
~kanaru von pepinous~ 「阿部カナル」～「クレイドネ・フラナガン」
From the collection: These randomly random photos of random stuff about the people she admires and cares so much for words.
The Daijiro Kato fanart card… I talked about it on here.
And the CD, on here.
Ukawa mola en la foto. Los dos últimos creo que uno se llama Yanagawa y el otro no sé como se llama. Dai-chan es sobrio y mola en la foto.
Y el del centro, Norifumi Abe. Nada más que decir *O* (Es que en serio, él… sfgsdfksdfgskfkfs)
Lo sentimos, I CAN’T EVEN *O* Mi coherencia se fue djfksdfgkfgdskfgsfsdfgsald…
Ukawa-san, Dai-chan, Norick…
This is an screenshot of something who sent me this on the inbox of my blog about Daijiro Kato.
I will write anyway to the person who did this, since the person left me her e-mail (who I decided to hide for keep the privacy of the person).
Janine, thank you very much. You don’t even know how important is what you wrote for my blog about Kato. Thanks for make me feel that I’m not the only one who left in the world.
See, I truly know I am not the only one, since I know a lot of people who also remembers him, in FB or in twitter, and sometimes in Tumblr, against all the odds. But, stuff like this, remember that my efforts are not in vain.
Thanks for find my beloved blog. Thank you very much.
I am already doing a lot of myself now that it will be ten years since he left us, and also, sadly, ten years since I know about MotoGP. But now, with this… I will do even more of my best.
Thank you. Arigatou.
Thanks to al-ni-co, I received this ^^.
I will explain:
All of this is artwork by Ranka Fujiwara.
First, I noticed that… TADA, I received the official poster of Motegi 2012 ^o^. Also, I received an autographed postcard ^^ and another one :3.
And the jewel of the crown: A beautiful drawing of my beloved Daijiro Kato *O*. She already knows that I am a fan of him, so this was very meaningful for me.
To you, al-ni-co, and to the awesome Ranka Fujiwara: どうもありがとうございます！ (Thank you very much)