As Shinoda and his Linkin Park cohorts put the finishing touches on their next album, the rapper is showed off his painting at a recent art show at Gallery 1988 in Hollywood, California.
"I'm influenced by comic books, newspaper comics, cartoons I used to watch on Saturday morning. Mix that with the Japanese ancestry and the fact that I've always loved graffiti art as well… I want to ride that balance between something that looks kind of funny and fun, and also is not happy. There's a creepiness to it," Shinoda explained of his art.
His works are a bit messy — he likes to paint fast — and are filled with gambling imagery, which he says is inspired by the unpredictability of his career.
"You can't bank on it," said the rapper. "My whole career, my whole schedule from week to week, I can never tell you what's going to be going on. I don't know when the Linkin Park album's coming out. I don't know where I'm going to be in January. I can never tell you anything."
Shinoda displayed 28 of his pieces at the recent show.