Graffiti and Urban Artwork in Waikiki, Hawaii


While I was wandering around Waikiki hunting down a place called “Hanks Haute Dogs” I came across a whole block nearly covered in tags and paint.  Some of this was obviously sanctioned by the shops, but for a lot of it I’m not 100% sure.  

I did stop and chat with an artist who was working on one full-wall piece that I’d estimate being at least 200ft long.  He told me a bit about some of the taggers in the area, about how some of the businesses pay them to “pretty up” the cold concrete, and how his piece depicts the ancient mythology of the native Hawaiians.  Really interesting stuff.


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