Event Recap: Pow Wow Hawaii Day One
The first day of the epic international art fest kicks off18-Feb-2012
So I’ve arrived in slightly overcast Hawai’i for the mammoth art event Pow Wow 2012. After a 12 hour flight and no shower action for 24 hours I did pretty well the first day, all things considered. Thought I might have pink eye. I blame that budget airline…
Pow Wow is taking over Honolulu with a bunch of workshops, exhibitions, discussions and a significant take over of the cities industrial district (forgot the name, forgive me) with a truly impressive amount of epic murals created by around 50 artists from all over the globe. The sheer size of this operation is pretty mind blowing and it really feels as though the city is being injected with a whole new energy. As the name would suggest, Pow Wow isn’t just about the art itself, it’s about building a community and promoting discussion. And while many events tout this as an ethos, you really can see this spirit alive and well in the event.
I checked out a bunch of the walls in progress in different locations, including collaborative pieces by Flying Fortress, 123Klan and Slick at Fishermans Wharf (see gallery above) and an epic wall by Will Barres, Mr Jago, Peap, Meggs and Angry Woebots (below), which I can’t wait to see the finished product of. Also caught the progress on Rone’s epic one man wall.
We also checked in to the new In4mation space in China Town and met with the very awesome Jun Jo who I’ve been in email contact with for years so it was great to finally see him. The space is really nice, a mix of office and retail which will no doubt see new big things for the brand in 2012.
After a bunch of beers at NCB’s hotel (Complex boss man) we headed over to University Hawaii to watch a discussion panel on the convergence of Media, Art/Design and Community. It was actually really insightful and there were some amazing knowledge drops from speakers Suit Man, Eugene Kan (Hypebeast), Ken (Hi Fructose and Spoke Art), Frank Liew (Qubic Store/Carbon) and Jeff Hamada (BOOOOOM). Everyone present on the night was privy to some serious gems. Wish they had shit like that when I went to uni instead of some bullshit dude from the advertising industry who hadn’t had a job since the 80’s.
Dude was rivetted.
We then ate heaps of deep fried food at a weird dance club and I gave away 80% of my cigarettes. Fucking artists. I also found out that night that the airline I went over on went into receivership literally hours after my flight. So I am now stranded here forever.