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The Big Reveal: Panda for Desiigner

One of the best parts about creating custom artwork for clients is witnessing their reaction at the moment they receive the piece. Although I could not be present in Desiigner's New York studio, my dear friend captured the moment in which the packaged Panda was greeted with a..."DAMN!" The hip hop artist was astonished and failed to believe the original 19" x 24" framed drawing was made with color pencils on paper. I truly appreciate his admiration and look forward to working on more art in the future. 

Here is the video as posted on @lifeofdesiigner's Instagram story. 

Want to learn more about the making and background story of the Panda art piece? Check out my recent post

White X6, Looks Like a Panda

I had the pleasure of creating a commission piece for the artist of one of the biggest break-through hits, Panda. This piece allowed me to fuse together my love for animals, music, marble, and art. 

I aimed to create a piece that interprets the song with a mix of "old" and "new". The panda head derives from the single's album cover, but instead of a gold chain hanging around its neck, there is a crown of smoke representing the late, Notorious B.I.G.'s iconic image. This crown is a symbol of rap, success, and urban culture. The word Lexington appears within the smoke and ties in the street where Desiigner grew up. A back drop of white marble creates a refreshing and modern aesthetic that also links to some of my own work. By incorporating the past and the future we evolve into the present. 

Click through the carousel of images to see the process.

Latin for Glory Around the World

The month of November has always been one of my favorites; it is a time to reflect upon the recent past months and begin looking forward to the new year ahead. The holiday season is thrown upon us during this time, promoting feelings of excitement, celebration, and even nostalgia. 

This November, I am thankful for the opportunity to share my artwork across the world. By making art prints available, I have reached further than I could imagine. Today, Danielle Bernstein of WeWoreWhat and owner of the original Wild West bull posted a snippet of her new gallery wall with my piece in the corner. 

It was extremely satisfying (to say the least) to see an artwork that I put in so much time, thought, and effort amidst beautiful and inspiring pieces in a influencer's New York City apartment. Danielle is just one amongst others that have posted their Latin for Glory art...and for that, I am also thankful.