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Jun Arita fizzes with a barely-contained energy as he greets me. Smiling broadly, he seems unable to stop himself bowing slightly, even as he laughingly apologizes for it.

Still boyish at 36, Arita is tanned, perfectly groomed and has eyes that sparkle with mischief. The pop artist is currently designing some packaging for Kiwi sunscreen brand Skinnies and painting murals on the walls of the company’s cavernous studio office space in central Auckland. He cheerfully hands paint brushes to the young children of the Skinnies founders and encourages them to help him bring the murals to life.

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