Arriving just as the sun was rising, we were greeted at the airport with live Tahitian music, fresh flowered leis and warm smiles. Despite the long overnight flight, everyone appeared enthusiastic about being on an island in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean and to be painting graffiti on it as well! After the standard meet and greet, summary of the week activities and paint distribution, everyone was able to soak in the island’s amenities (snorkeling, kayaking, sun bathing, you know, tropical island stuff!) But that didn’t last long, the next day Sofles, Soten, Dabs & Myla, Kems, Alex Askew, Besok, Alex, Hopare, Syeb and Brok woke early to beat the heat and began on their walls. Check back tomorrow for our continued coverage.
All photos courtesy of Austin McManus
The festival primarily aims to become a major international rendez-vous for urban contemporary art located in the heart of the South Pacific Ocean.
For its first edition, ONO’U will gather over forty international graffiti writers coming from around world (France, England, Australia, Chile, Denmark, USA, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand…) alongside local graffiti writers.
Among this group of artists, some of today’s living legends of the graffiti worldwide scene will be especially traveling to the mythical island of Tahiti to create amazing wall murals and unique frescoes.
For this week-long celebration of graffiti art, colors and creativity, over 1500 sqm of walls will be installed and painted by day and by night on the iconic site of Place Toata, facing the harbor of Papeete and magical island of Moorea."