Ai Tatebayashi is a Japanese illustrator. She grew up in Yokohama city where the biggest seaport in Japan was located and was influenced by modern Western cultures since the 19th century. She enjoyed looking at Norman Rockwell’s posters, illustrated American pin-up girls, and so on, which stimulated her interest in American culture particularly. She also had been dreaming of studying illustration someday. After working at an advertising agency in Japan, She moved to New York City for an intensive study of illustration at the School of Visual Arts, MFA program. People’s feelings or characters are important for her work. She loves observing people and drawing them with her unique view and sense of humor. She has been working as a freelance illustrator since 2003. Her work has appeared in many U.S. papers and magazines. Now she lives in Fukuoka, Japan, and enjoys being surrounded by great nature.

email: ai#miniai.com (Please change # to @ when you email)
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ai_eye_art


  • Random House
  • The New York Times
  • O, The Oprah Magazine
  • New York Magazine
  • The Boston Business Journal
  • Yoga Journal magazine
  • World Wrestling Entertainment
  • Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities Magazine
  • BUST magazine
  • Baltimore Magazine
  • Angels on Earth Magazine
  • Bitch Magazine
  • New York Press
  • Domino Magazine
  • Time, Discovery Channel
  • Hirschen Berlin (Germany)
  • 11211 Magazine
  • CHOPSTICKS Magazine
  • Shueisha International Inc., (Japan) 集英社インターナショナル
  • Vans
  • NHK (Japan)
  • Zebra Technology Corp.,
  • Kami Shobo  (Japan) 髪書房
  • Tama Publishing Inc (Japan)
  • Asahi Shuzo (Japan) 旭酒造株式会社 

Awards and Recognitions


Picturebook: A Good Life in Hell (English) available online, amazon
生きているかぎり語り続ける (Japanese / 日本語) amazon japan

Interviewed by the Yomiuri Shimbun, a news paper in Japan
Interviewed by the Yomiuri Shimbun, a newspaper in Japan


ish Magazine ( in Singapore )

Hair’em Scare’ em ( Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag GmbH & Co.KG, in Germany)
This visual book is a showcase of hair-related arts.


  • The Asahi Shimbun (朝日新聞, Japan)
  • Kyodo News (共同通信, Japan)
  • Jiji Press (時事通信, Japan)
  • Tokyo Shinbun (東京新聞, Japan)
  • The Nishinippon Shimbun (西日本新聞, Japan)
  • Japan Daily News – The Mainichi(毎日新聞)
  • The Yomiuri Shimbun (読売新聞, Japan)

Profile – 舘林 愛 

長崎のヒバクシャ故・谷口稜曄(たにぐち すみてる)氏に複数回に渡ってインタビューを行い”谷口さんの生涯:その時と今”をテーマに96ページの絵本を完成させアメリカで出版。後に日本語版「生きているかぎり語り続ける」(主婦の友社)も出され、病床に臥す谷口氏に直接手渡すことがかなった。この本は国の資料として国立長崎原爆死没者追悼平和祈念館にも貯蔵されている。