Worldwide Walls Presents

NFT FOR GOOD

Worldwide Walls Hawaii (formerly known as POW! WOW!, the Hawaii-based organization of global street art fame) is hosting its first NFT-based gallery on MakersPlace. Through the “NFT for Good” initiative, Worldwide Walls Hawaii receives a donation amount of up to 10% from the proceeds and will administer a community beautification project in underserved neighborhoods next year.

Worldwide Walls plans to adorn public housing, community centers, and schools with new murals, primarily in the Kalihi-Palama areas. Five local Hawaiian artists – Jasper Wong, Lucky Olelo, Shar Tuiasoa, Woes and Wooden Wave – were selected to participate in this inaugural collaboration with MakersPlace. Learn More

 

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JASPER WONG

Jasper Wong is an artist, illustrator, and curator. As an artist, he has exhibited worldwide, in places such as Japan, California, France, London, Mexico, New York, Hong Kong, Chicago, and Australia. He has also scored press in publications such as Communication Arts, Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Taschen’s Illustration Now, Hypebeast, Booooooom, Arrested Motion, Hi-Fructose, Acclaim, Complex, Vice, Highsnobiety, VNA, Street Art News and Juxtapoz. Wong has been chosen as one of the HB100 multiple times. A list of Hypebeast's 100 most influential figures in the industry, which includes the likes of Kaws, Pharrel, Banksy, Jay Z and Kanye West. His clients include Hulu, NBA, Uniqlo, Versace, Microsoft, Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Toyota, Marvel, and others.

Jasper Wong is also the founder of a gallery in Hong Kong called ABOVE SECOND. In its existence, both Monocle magazine and CNN have chosen it as one of the best galleries in the city. He is the creator and lead director of Worldwide Walls (POW! WOW!), which is a non-profit organization of contemporary artists committed to community enrichment through the creation of art outreach programs, educational programs and engaging the community in the creation and appreciation of art. The festival has done projects in 17 cities around the globe, such as Honolulu, Taipei, Tokyo, Nepal, Guam, Seoul, Israel, and others. He is also the co-founder of a creative community center called LANA LANE STUDIOS. He spends his free time teaching art classes at Palama Settlement, which is a community center in an underserved community.

LUCKY OLELO

Lucky Olelo is a Hawaii, native - born and raised on Oahu. He has been a muralist and street artist since 1995 and ventured into professional tattooing in 1999. Lucky Olelo is also an artist at and co-founder of Soul Signature, a tattoo art studio that started in late 2004. He specializes in contemporary Asian tattooing.

He also serves as a part-time brand designer for a few companies in Hawaii, Seattle and the Bay Area. Lucky Olelo has been an active artist in the annual POW! WOW! festivals in Hawaii. He constantly strives to set a solid example for future artists in the community.

SHAR TUIASOA

Shar Tuiasoa, known also as "Punky Aloha" is an O’ahu based illustrator, painter, and muralist who live in Kailua where she runs her illustration studio, Punky Aloha Studio. After earning her BFA in illustration from Laguna College of Art and Design, Shar started Punky Aloha Studio, where she freelances full-time. Her work is recognized as being bold and fresh as she visualizes her vibrant island culture to share with the world.

Shar has created art work for international organizations including Facebook, Amazon (Prime Video), and local companies including Hawaii Public Radio and North Shore Coffee Roasters. Shar is currently working on her first children’s book under Harper Collins publishing.

WOES

Aaron Martin, known also as "Woes" was born on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, but spent most of his childhood growing up and moving from Southern California to Nevada before finally landing back into Hawaii during his Junior year in high school. In 1998 a car accident changed everything; this life-threatening experience inspired him to leave the island once again, this time to Seattle, Washington. Inspired by the people, rain and being indoors, he started playing around with different art mediums again. He then left back to Hawaii with a new perspective.

Aaron had his first show in 2002, in galleries across the US mainland to Asia , South East Asia, South Pacific and all over Europe. He has worked with companies & collective such as Mind Style toys, Disney, Flab Slab, Kidrobot, Fitted Hawaii /New Era, Kicks Hawaii, In4mation Hawaii and Fandango.

His focal medium is acrylic paintings on wood and canvas. Using minimal colors and detailed character design, these paintings are usually comprised of stressed out emotional pandas. Aaron has also been making an impact on the designer toy community with his partner Palmetto of Silent Stage Gallery an online hub for Woes Martin products mainly in Resin Sculptures.

WOODEN WAVE

Matthew Kawika Ortiz and Roxanne Ortiz are a husband and wife art duo who collaborate under the name Wooden Wave. Frequently using treehouses as their subject matter, the art of Wooden Wave presents a whimsical take on the notion of the sustainably integrated community. The treehouse, as a symbol, exudes a nostalgic sense of possibility and represents the ultimate icon for adventure. But beyond the obvious romanticism of a dwelling built in the canopy, the inclusion of solar panels, water catchment, aquaponics, and green roof systems make each composition relevant to the environmental issues of today.

Wooden Wave has painted murals across Hawaii and the continental United States. They also specialize in illustration and design, having done logos and apparel images for a variety of clients including comedian George Lopez and boxer Floyd Mayweather. They’ve designed shoe collections for the footwear company Olukai, and continue to do creative work for the brand.

Roxy and Matt have exhibited their fine art paintings in the US and abroad, including two exhibitions with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. In 2019, Matt was a contestant on NBC’s craft competition show, “Making It.”

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