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POW! WOW! Hawaii 2017 Photo Round Up

After touring globe and beautifying the streets of eight different cities, contemporary art initiative POW! WOW! returned to its hometown in Oahu, Hawaii for its 2017 festivities. Taking place between February 11th and the 18th, artists headed over to the Kaka’ako neighbourhood to create a bunch of new murals and installations. As much as the festival is about art, it’s also about music, community and culture.

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These images tell the story of the island life behind the murals, as well as showing some of the brightest and best artistic talent out there right now. Some images are from a trip to Papahana Kuaola, a non-profit organization in Waipao that provides aina based learning experiences focused on connecting the area’s past with a sustainable future.

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Artists from overseas this year included: Careaux, Cinta Vidal, Dan Witz, Defer, The Draculas, Drew Merritt, Evoca, Glazed Paradise, James Jean, Joram Roukes, Kevin Lyons, Maya Hayuk, Michelle Tanguay, Mr. Jago, Oakoak, OG Slick, Ouizi, PichiAvo, Shok-1, Tara McPherson, Tavar Zawacki (Above), Telmo Miel and Woes, alongside local Hawaiian artists Beak, Ckaweeks, Dak1ne, Devour, Gavin Murai, Hoven, Jasper Wong, Jeffrey Gress, Kai Kaulukukui, Kamea Hadar, Kaplan Bunce, Katch, Lucky Olelo, Maek, Mason Rose, Mung Monster, Ran Noveck, Prime, Puff, Rolando Venegas, Solomon Enos, Soker, Uglykids, Whomu and Wooden Wave.

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Kamea Hadar x Tatiana Suarez – Aloha

This Fall marked the two-year anniversary of the mural painted by Tatiana Suarez and Kamea Hadar in the neighbourhood of Little Haiti. The collaborative mural was organised by ocean lifestyle brand, Olukai, kicking off Anywhere Aloha—a campaign which shares the spirit of Aloha globally. With the unveiling of their follow-up mural along the historic Miami River, the project’s inspiring message comes full circle.

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POW! WOW! Hawaii 2016 Recap

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As we previously informed, Valentine’s day week was once again reserved for the biggest street art festival in the Pacific – POW! WOW! Hawaii 2016. As every year, the event turned Honolulu into world capital of mural making along with tons of side events. Hosting a huge roster of artist from all around Hawaii and around the globe, POW! WOW! once again produced a series of fresh and diverse murals through the Kaka’ako district in Oahu.

From Felipe Pantone’s futuristic looking visual distortions, Audrey Kawasaki’s first outdoor (header image), large size mural, Usugrow or Defer calligraphy based works, Borondo’s expressive piece, Slinkachu miniature beauties, Bicicleta Sem Freio’s colorful explosion or Ekundayo and Andrew Hem’s effective collab, to numerous graffiti based pieces, the 6th edition of the festival was once again a big success.

Photo credit by Brandon Shigeta

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JUSTKIDS x Bicicleta Sem Freio T-shirt

JUSTKIDS and Brazilian artist Bicicleta Sem Freio team-up on a limited edition t-shirt series. After producing numerous acclaimed and sold out Fine Arts prints JUSTKIDS will be unveiling a unique limited edition t-shirt in collaboration with famed Brazilian Artist Bicicleta Sem Freio. Produced by hand at the JUSTKIDS lab in Italy, these T-shirts are one of a kind and are sporting BSF’s iconic images from their last London solo show “Ratcat Dinner”.

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POW! WOW! Hawaii 2016 is Coming Up!

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It’s that time of the year when street art lovers from around the world focus and head to little archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean known as Hawaii. For the 6th consecutive year, Honolulu is becoming world’s street art capital, with Lana Lane Studios in the Kaka’ako district being the heart of it all.

As every year, the central event takes place during Valentine’s Day week in February, from 6th until 13th, and includes 1xRUN print exhibition, opening block party, museum show curated by Thinkspace gallery, Estevan Oriol photo exhibition, finale concert, street market, along with the big mural painting event. Always striving to bring fresh talents from the around the globe, along with well renowned names as well as some unusual guests, this year’s POW! WOW! will produce new pieces by 1010, Andrew Hem, Audrey Kawasaki, Bicicleta Sem Freio, Borondo, Christina Angelina, Curiot, Defer, Edwin Ushiro, Haroshi, Hauser, Hebru Brantley, Hitotzuki, Hueman, Hula, James Jirat Patradoon, Kevin Lyons, Kristin Farr, Lauren YS, Mouf, Pantone, Ricky Lee Gordon (Freddy Sam), Risk, Seher, Sket, Slick, Slinkachu, Tatiana Suarez, Tristan Eaton, Usugrow, Woes Martin, and many more.

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Designed on Surface Project by Microsoft Surface

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With street art and mural making becoming a pop culture phenomenon, lots of commercial projects around the world are including these kind of works into their agendas. One of the bigger recent ones was was “Designed on Surface” by Microsoft. Developed in partnership with Jasper Wong, the co-founder of POW! WOW!, this massive campaign included 17 cities in 12 countries.

Melbourne, Sydney, Brussels, Hong Kong, Paris, Berlin, Munich, Tokyo, Shibuya, Lisbon, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Madrid, Taipei, Austin, New York, and Long Beach were the places where local artists created new murals over the course of 5 weeks. Using the motto “Do Great Things” as an inspiration, and Microsoft Surface devices as a work tool, the idea was to promote inspiration and creativity by mixing art & technology. Along with mutual message each mural has a blue border and features different imagery that artists find inspirational – people, places, things and symbols. The list of featured artists include Persue, Odeith, Wonderlust, Frankie Cihi, Ink and Clog, Jasper Wong, and many more.

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POW! WOW! Japan Recap

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From an old warehouse in industrial district of Honolulu to the streets of Tokyo, POW! WOW! festival has surely gone long way in its 5 years long history. After organizing POW! WOW! Taiwan last year, their Asia tour this year also included the first ever POW! WOW! Japan event.
Through a weeklong event from Oct. 17th, this edition surely set new limits for the organizers. Artists from across the globe and Japan assembled in Tokyo for an unique opportunity to create and show their work in one of the world’s most unique cities. Through live art events, installations and musical performances, POW! WOW! Japan produced over a dozen murals within one-block radius in the Tennozu area, as well as opened exhibitions and events in Shibuya and Harajuku. Mostly inspired by the local traditions and folklore, the public works include a massive Sumo themed mural by Case Maclaim, as well as smaller pieces and interventions by both international and local artists such as Dave Kinsey, Fafi, Kamea Hadar, Takizo, Bakibaki Mon, Cook, Yayshogo, Luise Ono, etc. After Japan the tour continues in Taiwan, so stay tuned for recap of that event.

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POW! WOW! Long Beach Recap

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From June 22nd – 27th, Long Beach hosted the newest edition in the series of POW! WOW! worldwide events.  This round included a museum show, series of workshops and lectures, Jeff Staple’s 1-2-1 talks, concerts, presentations, movie premieres and finally, mural painting.

In collaboration with Thinkspace Gallery “Verve and Vitality: Transforming the Urban Landscape” show was organized @ The Long Beach Museum of Art. For this event, an impressive lineup of contemporary, urban and street artists created works on the walls inside and outside the museum. Some of the artist participating in this unique event were Aaron Horkey, Andrew Schoultz, Audrey Kawasaki, Brendan Monroe, Esao Andrews, Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins, Hottea, Low Bros, Nychos, Saber, etc. Varying in their style, background and visual languages of the participating artists, the show resulted in an extensive overview of the current contemporary and urban art scene. The exhibition itself gathered so much interest by the local community, the number of visits broke all of the museum’s attendance records across the board. At the same time, other group of artists were painting mural through the city, beautifying the area with some fresh works by such artists as Hueman, Madsteez, James Jean, Tristan Eaton, Jeff Soto, Fafi, Cryptik, etc. (Photo credit by Brandon Shigeta)

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POW! WOW! Long Beach – June 22-27

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The hard working people behind the stellar POW! WOW! Hawaii continue spreading their creative energy and experience around the world. Over the years this humble art project has grown into a global network of artists that organizes gallery shows, lecture series, schools for art and music, mural projects, concerts, and live art installations across the globe. After expanding to cities and countries such as Taiwan, Austin, Israel, Singapore, Jamaica, Washington D.C., Guam, New Zealand, Germany and more, the next location for the POW! WOW! family is Long Beach, California.

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Olek x POW! WOW! Hawaii

Supported by Anthropologie, Olek created an environmentally and culturally relevant crochet installation for POW! WOW! Hawaii 2015. The crocheted canoe is housed on the front lawn of the Honolulu Art Museum and speaks of marine life, while connecting traditional crochet techniques and Hawaiian canoeing.
Directed by Jonas Maon.

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