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.]
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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.