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.

  • 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.

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

  • Hum, wouldn’t call that “graffiti”!

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

      • 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….

  • money momey money honey!

  • emma

    ha. MAD.

  • 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!

    • 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.

  • 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!

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

    • RL

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

  • 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?

  • 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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Opinion: How to Email an Illustrator

We recently came across an article proposing the most efficient way to communicate with an illustrator, and it’s relevant for anyone looking to hire creatives of any discipline. Illustrator Kyle T. Webster wrote the article to act as “a guideline that will lead to improved communication, fewer revisions, better artwork, and fewer headaches for all involved”.
If you’re a freelance creative and have any thoughts to add, or you’re an art director with a counterpoint, we’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

1. Your first email to an illustrator should not read: “Hey, are you available for an assignment?”
This kind of email is a waste of everybody’s time, because all of the important information is missing: size and number of illustrations, context, timeline, and budget. In order to reduce the back-and-forth between the individual assigning the art, and the illustrator, simply take a moment to include the important information in the initial email request.
For example: “Hello, John – we are publishing a story about the ongoing conflict between hedgehogs and walruses. We will need a cover, a full page, and two spot illustrations. The deadline for sketches is March 1st, and the finals will be due March 8th. Our budget is $3750. Are you available / interested in working with us on this assignment? Please let me know by 5pm today. Thank you.”
With one email, you have now given the artist all of the info needed for him/her to decide whether or not to accept the job. This used to be the standard introductory email for all assignments. I’m not sure what happened, but I, and many illustrators I know, rarely get emails like this any more. Let’s fix that.
2. Please do not expect illustrators to read minds.
Details are very important. When sending emails about your job, give as many relevant details as possible to an artist, if the assigned artwork has specific requirements. Illustrators are very capable of drawing anything you need, but we cannot guess what that might be if we are not told up front. For example, if you tell an illustrator to draw “a car on a street,” then the illustrator will assume the make and model of the car are not important. S/he will also assume the street can be any kind of street. Therefore, it is not fair to the artist to reject the final art because you expected a vintage Porsche on the Autobahn. Please be sure to communicate all required elements of the art in your earliest correspondence with your artist, and it will be smooth sailing for all.
Sometimes, very little direction is preferred, if the assignment calls for a lot of artistic freedom and interpretation. But, let us not confuse this with a lack of relevant information. For instance, the recent recipient of the Richard Gangel Art Director Award, SooJin Buzelli, is famous for giving her artists a lot of freedom. But let us note that when she assigns work, she actually has spent a good deal of time figuring out a way to distill a complex article down to its essential message or theme. She then sends this one or two sentence summary to a carefully selected illustrator, providing that individual with a perfect launchpad from which to create a unique visual solution. Concise and efficient.
3. Please write back. Please.
This is just common courtesy. I often get asked if I am available for an illustration and I then respond in the affirmative with some questions about the assignment or the budget or some other detail. Then, no reply ever comes. A week later, I will see another artist blog about completing the very same assignment that was initially emailed to me. While I understand that everybody is very busy, and emails are flying around at the speed of light, I urge you to please remember that it is unprofessional and quite rude to simply leave an artist hanging.
We often will put other things on hold or rework our weekly schedule to accommodate a project that we think is moving forward. A simple email to let us know that you will be working with somebody else, the job is cancelled, the issue is on hold, etc. is all we need to move on and stay on top of our other jobs. Thank you.

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Envato is offering a limited time launch pricing of $29/month, which grants you access to commercial licenses to massive libraries of fonts, graphics, web templates (HTML/CSS), graphic templates and soon to come CMS templates. New items will also be added on a weekly basis to each category. Perfect for any one that has a regular need for high quality ready-to-use design assets. Learn more about Envato Elements in the video below:

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