Based in Hawaii, street artist Cryptik will change your perception of graffiti entirely.
He’s the wizard responsible for this intricate and detailed design of Gandhi, Buddha & even the elephant-headed deity Ganesha. He’s clearly influenced by and has a keen interest in eastern philosophy – so much so that he’s released a book featuring his personal tributes to the cultural characters & their stories.
What’s equally impressive is his desire to have his work seen not by the rich and affluent who frequent major art galleries, but made accessible to everyone. That goes a long way into explaining why many of his works are featured and posted in some of the most wayward & neglected areas on the island.
It’s all summed up rather nicely in his bio which simply states
“My purpose is to facilitate the development of a deeper, more meaningful philosophy of life. To challenge people to think of other possibilities and to see a different reality; one that encompasses many ideologies, philosophies, and belief systems in order to help us better understand our place in the universe. “
We reckon he’s onto a great start – don’t you?