21.07.11 by Jeff

World’s Largest Graffiti

Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan aka “The Rainbow Sheikh” may have just created the world’s largest tag by having his name dug into the sand in Abu Dhabi. While I think it’s really stupid looking I just wanted to point out that it is one letter short of being epic.

Abu Dhabi Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan worlds largest graffiti seen from space

It can actually be seen from space (actual Google Earth image)!

Abu Dhabi Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan worlds largest graffiti seen from space

via: forbes

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

    other “Rainbow Sheikh” facts from wikipedia:

    He has one of the largest car collections in the world at over 200 cars and trucks which are stored in a pyramid that he purpose built

    He constructed the world’s largest truck; a replica of a classic Dodge Power Wagon, but eight times the original Power Wagon size This has four bedrooms inside the cabin.

    In 1983 he acquired seven Mercedes 500 SEL, one for each day of the week, which the firm Styling Garage in Germany painted in the colours of the rainbow complete with matching interior. The vehicles also included gun racks on the inside of the boot lid which held several M16 rifles. The guns were painted to match the cars.

  • http://www.pinterest.com/rustle Paul

    If Jim Denevan decided to use diggers… yeah, it wouldn’t be this.

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff


  • http://toki-woki.net Quentin

    Hum, wouldn’t call that “graffiti”!

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      well its kind of like tagging something isn’t it?

      • http://toki-woki.net Quentin

        Is writing something tagging?
        Can buldozers do graffiti?

        No and no!
        But that’s only my point of view!

  • MAriel

    it sounds like he’s compensating for something….

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff


  • http://banunefesdesign.jimdo.com/ banulein

    money momey money honey!

  • emma

    ha. MAD.

  • http://www.emmelineillustration.com/ Emmeline

    Jeff, you should nip down and dig yourself a little (little meaning very, very big) A to go on the end. It’d be an adventure!

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      haha im on my way

  • oliomonte@web.de

    I guess there would be a better message for space-aliens than the name of a massively narcissistic sheikh, who lost every touch to reality.

  • http://michaelbussell.com Michael

    Probably making Koons jealous

  • trip

    kinda similar to richard long work only larger but with words

  • lapetitefaon

    “one letter short of being epic” ahahah! I kinda hate this! What a disruption of landscape for no reason!

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      ya i reallllly hate it, like man give me some money to do something way more fun

    • http://artswapper.blogspot.com/ RL

      ..am at lost, what is this one letter?

  • http://www.mp-webdesign.co.uk Kelly

    I’d like to see a shot of someone stood by it. How does anyone manage to make something that large and still keep it pretty straight? Although it’s just his name, it’s still pretty impressive, especially being able to see it from Google Earth

  • daniel

    there are people starving to death in the world and this moron is spending millions doing things like this.

    • M

      It’s his money, he can do whatever the fuck he wants with it. When did it become other people’s “responsibility” to make sure others are fed?

  • dumb kid

    what is it one letter short of?

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      my last name

  • Jaci

    pointless, ugly and annoyingly arrogant.

  • Shane

    I can say with absolute certainty that he is a genuinely nice guy. I grew up an oil brat in Dubai, then Abu Dhabi, and I met him on more than one occasion. He let me climb all over and play in his 1950 Jaguar XK roadster collection when I was a little one. He also donates a hell of a lot of money to charities. More money, in fact, than some countries. And before you all demand proof, all I need is to have seen the receipts framed on a wall in his car (and hovercraft) hangar to be convinced of his charitable work. You have to understand that sheikhs are princes. They have more money than you can imagine. So arrogant? yes. The total prick you’re all making him out to be? no.

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Watch the video below!

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This is for all you aspiring photographers, illustrators, and type designers out there! We’ve teamed up with Skillshare to offer you 1 month of unlimited access to all their creative classes, for $0. Free. You can sign up here for a premium account: Booooooom + Skillshare 30-day extended trial.

I’ve been personally trying out some of their classes and I just blazed through this great class on designing a single letter: “One Drop Cap Letterform at a Time” by the amazing Jessica Hische (I’ll always refer to her as the one who did that fantastic Moonrise Kingdom type). She has so many useful tips in this, especially when she talks about properly using handlebars and plotting points in Illustrator.

From what I’ve seen so far these classes are a great way to brush up on something you may have learned a long time ago or a chance to learn something completely new. Full disclosure: Skillshare did not pay us to make this post, however if you sign up through this link it will support our site! Absolutely no pressure to do so – I still recommend their site as a worthwhile resource even if you don’t use our link!

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