This past year the mural arts festival known as Pow! Wow! grew leaps and bounds, hosting their largest event yet, in Honolulu, Hawaii, and launching a satellite event in Taipei, Taiwan.
This month they continued their rapid expansion by partnering with SXSW and SprATX to bring some mural artists to the city of Austin, Texas. Rone (seen above), Tatiana Suarez, Kamea Hadar, Yoskay Yamamoto, Jeff Gress, Ana Maria, and Meggs were among the attending artists.
More photos (shot by Brandon Shigeta) below.
Heads up to my LA friends, Budweiser’s Made In America Fest is coming to Grand Park, downtown LA, Labour Day Weekend (August 30th and 31st) and the event benefits the United Way of Greater Los Angeles. The line up includes: Kanye West, Imagine Dragons, Steve Aoki, Kendrick Lamar, Weezer, a million others. I’d go to see YG and DJ Mustard.
Full list of performers in the video below:
Pow! Wow! Taiwan has officially begun! I’ve been out in Taipei for a week now, and it has quickly become one of my favourite cities (the food miiight have something to do with it). Here’s a quick re-cap of the first couple days. If you want to follow along on Instagram I’m posting to @Booooooom and you can follow @PowWowTaiwan as well.
We started with a tour of all the potential walls in the city (photo above: Madsteez and Brendan Monroe), which was followed by the official opening of the event. Yesterday we had a little rain delay, so most of the artists are getting started today. James Jean, Kristen Farr, and Mr.Ogay were among the artists able to put some work in, and you can see images of their progress at the bottom of this post.
Lots of images below, have a look!
A week from now I’ll be headed to out to Oahu for Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2014 and doing my best to cover all that goes on out there. Feb 8th-15th artists from all over the world will be painting murals in the Kaka’ako district of Honolulu. There will also be music workshops for youth and lectures by artists (I’ll be giving one too).
Some of my closest friendships have come out of this event, and I’m looking forward meeting to all the new artists that will be there this year. Below is a list of confirmed artists.
Confirmed International Artists:
Aaron De La Cruz
Spencer Keeton Cunningham
I’m flying out to Australia today (for my first time ever) to speak at CARBON, in Melbourne. The photo above is my friend Eugene Kan (Hypebeast) speaking at last year’s event. Speakers this year include Barry McGee, DabsMyla, Shawn Stussy, Eddie Huang, and a dozen others. See image below for the full list!
If you live out there, and are able to get to the conference, I’d love to meet you!