3 Feb 2011

Illustrator: Hagakure wallpaper

Hagakure by Darian Cabot

Hagakure iPhone wallpaperHere’s a Hagakure wallpaper I made after watching Ghost Dog (excellent movie).

I created the kamon symbol in Illustrator and put the wallpaper together in Photoshop.

This is the kamon featured on some publications of the Hagakure (a kamon is a Japanese family symbol, like a coat of arms) and on the cover of the Ghost Dog DVD.

I’ve tried to find what association this kamon has with Hagakure and it seems there isn’t one except a publisher though it looked cool on the cover of the book. This isn’t the kamon of Yamamoto Tsunetomo as far as I know, or his retainer Nabeshima Mitsushige (his looks very different). I’ve also seen it associated with bushido.

Anyway, see Ghost Dog and get the soundtrack by RZA. :-)
…and read the Hagakure if you dig ancient samurai wizdom (there are free PDF versions via Google).

I created three versions of the wallpaper all available for download from my deviantart gallery:

About the Author:

Hardware and software engineer with experience in product development and building automation. Director at Cabot Technologies and Product Manager at NEX Data Management Systems.


  1. Alexander

    Thank you, it’s amazing!!

  2. Scott Massino

    Darian, would you still have the eps/vector of the symbol itself? I was looking to put it on a custom vinyl hood wrap for my car, but I would need the file to do it. I would throw you some cash for it through PayPal.

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