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Love for the 5th annual the #AntiCanvas on SweetLychee.com

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Thank you for the kind words about our boardshort art show and auction for charity, Sweet Lychee!

Trades Hawaii Recap of the 5th Annual The Anti Canvas

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Jake Ho from Trades Hawaii rolled through the 5th Annual The Anti Canvas: a showcase of board short art and auction for charity at the Honolulu Night Market, and put together a cool recap of the event. Check it out here. Thanks for the write-up, homies!

Mahalo to everybody who supported the #AntiCanvas on Saturday at Honolulu Night Market

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

The 5 W’s with Anti Canvas Artist Dana Paresa

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Dana Paresa

Daniel: Who inspires you as an artist?

Dana Paresa: Charles Burns, for sure.

What is your favorite medium to create with?

I really love brush and ink and how it translates digitally.

Why is the Anti Canvas a unique art event?

It creates the opportunity for people to imagine their work, artist or not, on an established brand. I wouldn’t have ever imagined I’d be doing something like this before.

Where do you find inspiration?

Weirdo news articles and general freakery sprinkled throughout history (HPD police sketches, quack medical devices, aliens)

When you first saw your Anti Canvas art work sublimated on Hurley Phantom shorts, what was the first thing that crossed your mind?

I want more.

The 5W’s with Anti Canvas Artist Keoni Payton

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

Keoni Payton
Founder and Designer
Farmers Market Hawaii

Daniel: Who inspires you as an artist?

Keoni Payton: Probably Woes because I know him personally and saw his growth into the giant he is now. It let me know it was possible.

What is your favorite medium to create with?

Whatever’s available will be my favorite medium.

Why is the Anti Canvas a unique art event?

Makes Boardshorts feel alot more fun and intresting.

Where do you find inspiration?

In circumstance and doubt.

When you first saw your Anti Canvas art work sublimated on Hurley Phantom Shorts what was the first thing that crossed your mind?

I hope people bid on it and it makes a fuck ton of money for the Hawaii Foodbank!

The Anti Canvas 5W’s with Mitch McEwen

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Mitch McEwen
Hawaiian Island Creations Brand Manager

Daniel: Who inspires you as an artist?

Mitch McEwen: Mother Nature, if that counts as a “who”? Living in a place as beautiful as Hawaii, I see something every day that I want to capture and preserve as a photo or an idea for a composition. As for actual people, Wade Koniakowski’s art always makes me want to paint. His surf oriented subject matter appeals to me and I appreciate his ability to communicate so much with just a few loose brush strokes. I’m also really inspired by those artists whose work is very different from what I would ever do. It’s always interesting to see how differently others can see the World.

What is your favorite medium to create with?

Oil and acrylic paint would be my favorite, but time constraints keep me limited to mostly digital art these days. Most of my work is done in Photoshop with a Wacom Tablet and stylus that allow me to “paint” directly into the computer. When I do work with actual paint now I find myself wanting to hit “undue” whenever I paint a stroke I don’t like. The computer definitely makes things quicker and less messy, but I do like the feeling of pushing paint around on a canvas.

Why is the Anti Canvas a unique art event?

I like the way this event brings together artists from different backgrounds and disciplines, but then everyone’s art gets translated onto the same unique medium of a Hurley boardshort. For many of the artists this will be their first opportunity to see their art applied to something like a boardshort, and to be featured in an art show. The event helps expose these artists to a broader public and possible opportunities, all while raising money for deserving non-profit organizations like Waves for Water and The Hawai‘i Food Bank. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.

Where have you been dawn patrolling before work at HIC?

When I have time I’ll hit the North Shore - mostly V-land so far this season. Since my office is in Kailua I’ll just ride my SUP out at Flat Island when the winds are light. Any way that I can get in the water first thing in the morning always makes the rest of the day so much better.

When you first saw your Anti Canvas art work sublimated on Hurley Phantom Shorts what was the first thing that crossed your mind?

Going surfing.

The 5th Annual Anti Canvas presented by Hurley and Contrast Magazine on Saturday Dec. 21 at Honolulu Night Market

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Hurley and Contrast Magazine are proud to present the 5th annual The Anti Canvas: a showcase of boardshort art for charity on Saturday December 21, 2013 at Honolulu Night Market, an all-ages, block party held on the third Saturday of every month from 6-11pm.

Proceeds will benefit Waves For Water and their efforts in the Philippines with victims of Typhoon Haiyan as well as the Hawaii Foodbank. Entry is free and doors open at 6 pm for the art show and silent auction. This unique art event raised over $18,000 dollars for various charities since 2009.

The Anti Canvas: a showcase of boardshort art for charity utilizes “sublimation” to transfer original artwork from 25 local and international artists onto a pair of Hurley Phantom boardshorts. This manufacturing method preserves the integrity and details of the original artwork and designs. Some of the top artists this year include John John Florence, Clark Little, C.R. Stecyk III, Tim Hendricks, Keoni Payton, Aaron Kai, Carl Pao and Dana Paresa. Please find a full list of artists participating in the 5th annual The Anti Canvas: a showcase of boardshort art for charity below.

Aaron Kai
Aly Ishikuni
Ara Laylo
Bradie Shemke
C.R. Stecyk III
Carl Pao
Casey Ryder
Clark Little
Dana Paresa
Derek Bahn
Dietrich Varez
Graham Curran
Jay Takumi
John John Florence
John Paul Olson
Jon Rose
Kate Adams
Keoni Payton
Marc Dean Veca
Mitch McEwen
Nat Woolley
Remi Mead
Shaun Castro
Tim Hendricks

A Conversation with #AntiCanvas Artist Aaron Kai

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Text: Marika McHugh
Images: Sean Lequang

I first met Aaron back in 2011 on Instagram through the account that he uses for his clothing brand, Lemon Hawaii. We were both from different islands, but living in San Francisco, so there was an instant connection between us two creative, local kids who were trying to make it in a big city. Our paths eventually crossed, leading me to acquire my first Aaron original, which hangs promptly on my wall right below a detached San Francisco window that had been painted on by another bay area artist. Since then, I’ve followed his work and witnessed his growth as an artist. I flew up to the city this past November and had a chance to spend the day with Aaron. I picked his brain while we seamlessly navigated the enigmatic streets of the Tenderloin in San Francisco.

We began our day at Lee’s Sandwiches where we chomped on some BBQ pork Vietnamese deliciousness drenched in the Holy Grail that is Sriracha, and people watched through their huge glass window. He casually pointed out the similarities in parked cars and outfits that girls were wearing. His ability to notice details that were in fact the same, inversely revealed the part of his brain that allows him to differentiate himself from the crowd.

Aaron first got into art as a young Hilo boy. His mom would create line drawings for him and his older brother to color in. That activity eventually snowballed into Aaron creating his own drawings and characters, inspired by cartoons like Dragon Ball Z. It was only appropriate that the first thing that we did when he let me into his apartment was turn on a couple of episodes of DBZ while I sifted through sheets of stickers he had made using Copic markers. Aaron classifies himself as a “post-pop” artist, and if you take one look at his style, that label need not be explained. He marries bright colors and clean lines with often risqué subjects. “I create for people like me who are fucking weird on the inside and nobody knows,” said the 24-year-old artist. As a huge inner weirdo myself, I can appreciate that statement.

Artists such as Parra, Takashi Murakami and Kaws are responsible for having an influence on his style, but with the standard artist on artist influences aside, Aaron also looks towards other things for inspiration.

“This girl named Kelcie inspires me a lot. She was the first girl that I fell in love with, so a lot of the work I come up with are moments and emotions we shared together.”

We continued to venture the block to The Magazine Store. The walls of the interior of the store were lined with stacks upon stacks of vintage magazines and prints. We pulled some old issues of Playboy and Penthouse off the shelves, and he talked about wanting to illustrate over some of the nudes. This idea sounded slightly reminiscent of the tasteful work that Kaws did over photos of Kate Moss and I’d be more than interested in seeing Aaron hack out something similar in his own style.

Photo Recap of Hurley X Contrast Anti-Canvas

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

A big crowd of heavy hitters filled up SOHO Mixed Media Bar last night for the 4th Annual Anti-Canvas showcase of boardshort art for charity with the proceeds going toward Pow Wow Hawaii & Kokua Hawaii brought to you by Hurley & Contrast.

Boardshort by SuperCW (Christa Wittmier)

Pai‘ea Projects’s Kema reppin’ Contrast.

Starting at $100, patrons were able to bid on their favorite pair of shorts.

In4mation’s Jun Jo was my personal favorite.

Biancha, Ara and A.J pausing from drinking to take a quick snapshot.

All in all, it was another successful Anti-Canvas event. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped! See you next year.

The Anti Canvas 5 W’s with Brandy-Alia Serikaku

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Interview by Kuhaʻo Zane

Brandy-Alia Serikaku
Graphic Desinger
SZ Kaio/Sig Zane Designs

Who scolds you the most in life?

Right now, it’s mostly my daughter Lamalama when she’s hungry. Growing up, it’s probably been Uncle Johnny and Aunty Deedee. Only because they cared, and hello you supposed to dancing as one, not solo. But then you realize why you get scolded and get with it and keep dancing. A lot of who I am today is because of the opportunities that hula has brought to me in my life, and if doing what I love has gotten me this far, I am living!

Why did you major in Hawaiian Studies?

Why not? I’m Hawaiian, I live in Hawaiʻi, my lifestyle is the culture . . . it was an obvious choice for me. Even though I didn’t grow up speaking Hawaiian, every song I learned to dance to was. At kula I was able to meet a lot of determined and inspirational kanaka maolis and be part of the revitilization movement. My kumus are some of the most passionate people I know about preserving and perpetuating the Hawaiian culture. They helped me strengthen my connections to the ʻāina and helped me realize my kuleana to my ʻohana and my community.

What is the concept behind your Anti Canvas piece?

My piece is called “Pūpū Hinuhinu”. It’s from a Hawaiian song I remember learning in kindergarten, now it’s the lullaby my mom sings to my daughters. Literally it translates to “shiny shell”, figuratively this piece is every experience at the beach, camping trips with my kāne, my friends and our shell hunting missions, early morning sessions, my never ending obsession of the ocean and this island. I like to offer an escape in my art, something for the viewer to get lost in.

When did you start at SigZane?

I started working at SZD in 2005 as a concierge in the store and model for their website. Once I went up to the design department I knew that’s where I wanted to be. Being able to work with the Zanes has helped develop my sense of style, my taste in fashion and most importantly listening to that naʻau. It’s pretty much a dream job for me and the opportunities at SZD have blown my mind, like with Anti Canvas. I’m super honored to be a part of the show with so many talented artists, it’s crazy to see my name with theirs!!

Where are your favorite spots on Moku O Keawe?

Makalawena, Waiuli, Four Miles, and of course Bayfront! Clean days only though, I’m over chocolate water.