Renowned Japanese artist Haroshi is coming to WAX!
Haroshi’s limited-edition collection Recycled Pixels launches on August 8th, in partnership with LGND.art!
AUGUST 3, 2021. NEWS. WRITTEN BY HYDRO.
Story time – I’ve been a skater kid all of my life.
Whether it was tearing up parks and sidewalks as a teen, cruising around my uni campus, or heading out to do long-distance trips today, I’ve always felt at home in the skate community. Togetherness, unity, spirit, perseverance and a DIY ethos – these are the core values held amongst skaters.
Interestingly, these very same values can be found within the WAX community. Perhaps that similarity is why I find it such a joy to be a part of.
With this in mind, I was stoked to learn that Haroshi, the acclaimed Japanese artist famed for utilising skateboard decks in his works, is dropping a collection on WAX with LGND.art at 23:59 UTC this Sunday (August 8th).
Titled Recycled Pixels, this NFT collection – Haroshi’s first – builds on 18 years of self-taught craftsmanship. Taking recycled skateboard decks, Haroshi stacks, hand-carves, paints and polishes them into masterpieces that tune into the freedom of expression that embodies skate culture – and you’ll have a chance to own a piece of this creativity this Sunday.
Three limited-edition NFTs are available, all inspired by his most iconic pieces – Middle Finger, Fire Hydrant and Skull. Haroshi is taking full advantage of the possibilities afforded by NFTs, incorporating movement and sound into these landmark works to give them a whole new dimension for us to experience.
“Artists have traditionally had difficult experiences when it comes to owning the rights to their art. NFTs can live on forever and will truly shift this dynamic.
It is my belief that all artists should share in the benefits of their work, especially because true creation comes from the heart.”
With no formal art training, Haroshi has gone from shredding the sidewalks of Tokyo to a smorgasbord of solo exhibitions around the world.
To me, this collection is a whole lot more than just art. It’s the story of a journey. One of perseverance, expression and passion, and one that has arrived at a crossroad between skate culture, art and NFTs.
This isn’t just a landmark first for Haroshi, it’s living proof that all of us, no matter where we’re from – whether we’re shredding our local streets, at home creating our art, or typing away at a desk in the North East of the UK – are far closer at heart than we could ever imagine.
Haroshi’s Recycled Pixels launches on Sunday, August 8th at 23:59 UTC (20 EST), only on LGND.art.