After the recent opening of his exhibition at Inner State Gallery, Askew1 is still in Detroit, USA where he just finished working on this tribute to NEKST.
The graffiti world recently lost a giant with the death of NEKST, the prolific artist who got his start in Houston during the mid 1990s before making his way to the New York big leagues with the notorious Mad Society Kings crew.
“Today I just finished this tribute to my friend Nekst in Detroit. Pose suggested this photo that KC Ortiz took as the basis for the work and I also incorporated his tag into the background. This is almost entirely painted in chrome, black and red Rustoleum bucket paint that Nekst left behind in Revok’s studio. The first time I really got to know Nekst he had me loading so many buckets of this paint into the trunk of a rental car we drive from Chicago to Detroit. I don’t now if these were some of the same buckets left over from then or not. Revok had the idea to do it this way and I think it was an incredible idea. I had a lot of help from heaps of people to make this happen, Revok, my partner Livi, who did a lot of filling this in with a little brush, Jesse and the 1XRun team who helped me find the wall and get a lift and also Miss Maddy and Deshawn who are from the business inside. They understood 100% the importance of this wall and trusted me to do it in a way as true to Nekst as I could.” — Askew1
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