and they are sacred to Maori culture and synonymous with signs of warning. Given the earthquakes here a few years ago, from which the city is still visibly recovering, I felt it only right to reference the disaster but also to look forward to the future in a way that I can only hope local people will.
Big ups to my apprentice for the week @distrangeddesign (and his parents Jeff and Kelly) for going above and beyond the call of duty.
To @taaniko and @soldiersrd for reference photos and relevant info which made my process a doddle.
To everyone at @ymca_christchurch who made us all feel so welcome.
To all the other artists @kevinledo @claire_foxton @ampparito @kell.sunshine @mrcinzah @crackedink @_dside @erikapearce.artist @mayonaize and @yoshi_travel for their humour and their company... I’ll miss u guys.
And last but not least to Jah & Lovie at @street_prints for having me back here in NZ for both festivals... it’s been great to be part of the family again.
with @mghnlll, @vienords, @vanesacodes, @kolaj, @erin_tequila, @missymtoyz, @lindagunisova, @christinanadin, @allinatyan and Cristina Nexus. Locations are Miami, Mount Maunganui, Los Angeles, Miami, Bratislava, London, Berlin and Mount Maunganui.
So what are the chances of my work appearing on the news while I’m here in NZ? Quite high apparently... but it was a story about one of my DTLA murals and the fact that it’s been discovered that the building it’s painted on was a speakeasy way back in the day... seems that info had been lost until they started to redevelop the building.