On May 31st, 2019, 12 individuals lost their lives in Va Beach. The Hampton Roads community has shown unwavering support. we all grieve and process differently, but for me I create art. I decided to design this digital piece that shows the Kaws 'Companion' character consoling a saddened Poseidon, the beacon of the Va Beach Oceanfront. Pharrell Williams hosted the Something in the Water festival the month before and not only showcased Virginia bred talent but also reminded everyone of how we can have infectious love, togetherness, and support. These are the things that we have to remember during dark times. Hampton Roads is strong, because we have to be.
As a way to show respect and support, I decided to create this project to drive proceeds that I plan donate 100% to a local memorial fund or organization to support those affected.
Thank you for your support.
- NEK (Kendall Moore)
[Copyright Disclosure: Image shows the “Companion” character created by the modern street artist Kaws. The figure is comforting the Virginia Beach Iconic Poseidon statue. The gradient and color ring are inspired by the Something in the Water branding.]
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE A SHIRT!
Virginia Beach experienced arguably the happiest and horrifying moments a little more than a month apart. On May 31st, 2019, 12 people had there lives taken from them, with no chance to say goodbye to loved ones and no chance to say I love you to those they cared about. A month earlier, Pharrell hosted a historical music festival that once again put Va Beach on the map, but reminded everyone that with love and passion, people of various backgrounds and lifestyles can come together, for one unanimous cause. This duality if emotions can be confusing, hell it can be frustrating — and we wonder if we have any control or say in the longevity of our lives here on this planet. The answer is that we don’t. We don’t and that’s ok, we don’t have that control but what we can control is the love, openness, benevolence, and care that we can share for each and every human that we come in contact with.
The shootings and Something in the Water reminded us that we are human, but in different ways. This is a reminder to be kind, be nice, remember your humility and your impact on others. Just show love, reach out. Cry, laugh, whatever you need to do to remind you that you’re human — you’re entitled to that. Whether you’re 757 or not you’re family. If it’s one thing that we learned this year is that there is something in the water — and it’s LOVE.
Rest in Paradise:
Laquita C. Brown of Chesapeake
Tara Welch Gallagher of Virginia Beach
Mary Louise Gayle of Virginia Beach
Alexander Mikhail Gusev of Virginia Beach
Katherine A. Nixon of Virginia Beach
Richard H. Nettleton of Norfolk
Christopher Kelly Rapp of Powhatan
Ryan Keith Cox of Virginia Beach
Joshua Hardy of Virginia Beach
Michelle "Missy" Langer of Virginia Beach
Robert "Bobby" Williams of Chesapeake
Herbert "Bert" Snelling of Virginia Beach
*The Kaws 'Companion' concept is not of my own*
CLICK HERE FOR INFO ON THE "TOGETHER" SUPPORT PROJECT
[Description: Image shows the “Companion” character created by the modern street artist Kaws. The figure is comforting the Virginia Beach Iconic Poseidon statue. They are sitting at the Va Beach Oceanfront boardwalk. The gradient and color ring are inspired by the Something in the Water branding.]
I've been doing art since I was a child with my older brother, Jordan Moore (AKA YED.SLIME). When I was younger my graffiti tag name was 'NEK' (first three letters of my name backwards). Since then, it's somewhat stuck.