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Juan Salgado from Puerto Rico recently dropped into Melbourne to check out the street art scene after visiting New Zealand where he experienced some life changing inspirations. Being his first time to Melbourne, and without any connections, he hit up his great old friend Alexis Diaz that put him in touch with our great mate RONE who sorted him out with this wall. In just seven hours, he painted this tropical skull mural reflecting the economic crisis they are facing at home – “ruins of paradise” with a stylised “Maga” flower which is the iconic symbol of Puerto Rico and thorns as a nod to the New Zealand flora. Embedded in the skull are tattoos that represent his other identity as a tattoo artist, and other symbols of his tropical island home such as pineapples, palm trees and the Puerto Rican flag.

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Dean Sunshine

About Dean Sunshine

Dean Sunshine has lived in Melbourne Australia all his life and experienced first hand the graffiti and aerosol art movement as it began there in the 80's. For the last decade he has keenly followed the development of the local street art scene and photographed and documented thousands of works for no other reason than appreciation of the art form. Putting his interest online Dean started his blog called Land of Sunshine in 2010 which led to the self-publication of two books – Land of Sunshine (2012) and Street Art Now (2014) His blog is regularly updated with the latest street art and graffiti in Melbourne and also takes photos when travelling the world. Aside from documentation, he also offers the exterior walls of his warehouse in Brunswick, Melbourne for local and international artists to regularly paint and facilitates large and small street art commissions and projects. All photos are his own unless otherwise specified.