In April this year I was lucky to be included in the 2015 line up for the Public art festival in Perth, put on by the good people at FORM WA. I didn't really want to show up and paint a pretty picture on a wall and then leave, being given such a large scale wall in a prominent position I really wanted to do something that would resonate within the community.
I decided on doing a tribute piece to the king of Oz hip hop Rob Hunter (MC Hunter), who sadly passed away from Cancer in 2011 aged 36. The response to this mural, which was all done freehand (a departure from the usual stencils) was overwhelming, with an online reach of 300,000 in 24 hours, and hundreds of messages of gratitude and respect. It really goes to show how loved this pioneer of Australian rap was in the perth music scene and nationally.
The highlight of painting this wall for me was being visited by Rob's Mother Trish and partner Laura, getting their blessing and approval really did mean a lot to me.
Hunter was posthumously inducted into the WA music industry hall of fame in 2012, the first rapper to get in, and his story is followed in the documentary film Hunter: for the record
Massive thanks to Laura, Deej, Drapht and the guys at Form for trusting me to make it happen. The Mural can be viewed at the Central Tafe building, Museum St, Northbridge, Perth.