with WAIL (Sway & King Tech) celebrates the visionary hip-hop deejay’s 25
years in music.
By Blurt Staff
Urban art imprint When Art Imitates Life (WAIL, founded last
year by King Tech), working in the intersection of musicians and visual art,
previously collaborated with The RZA on a project called Victory or Death, a visual “remix” of the historic Washington Crossing The Delaware painting, replacing Washington with the Wu-Tang Clan mainman. Now, on February
19, WAIL will officially unveil “Bold
As Scratch“, their artistic collaboration with Q-Bert, the
world-famous turntablist and Invisibl Skratch Piklz founder.
Q-Bert, hip-hop photographer Trevor Traynor and the WAIL
team spend more than a year brainstorming and trying out ideas, ultimately
arriving at a mixed-media canvas that focused on QBert’s personal tribute to
one of his musical heros. In creation, photography, graphic art, found
images and acrylic were utilized. Each piece in the collection of 250 are
massive in size, and features custom augmentation by Q-Bert, making each a
(It’s not Q-Bert’s first foray into art: in 2001, graffiti
artist Dug-1 created animations to the sounds of Q-Bert for the
animated/live-action feature Wave
Twisters, which premiered at the 2001 Sundance Festival.)
Fans can go to www.qbertart.com for additional details on the piece, as
well as a chance to receive a Golden Ticket, allowing you to view it on
February 17, two days before the general public unveiling on Feb. 19.