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Tokidoki creator paints for POW! WOW! Guam

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Colors splashed skillfully along walls all over the island are the result of the second installment of POW! Wow! Guam, which just wrapped up.

Among the talented local and international street artists invited to paint murals through the Guam Art Exhibit is a legendary artist on the pop culture scene. 

"Hello, my name is Simone Legno, the artist and co-founder of tokidoki," he said.     

Yes, you heard him right. Simone, who was born in Rome, is the one of the creators of the Japanese-inspired lifestyle brand. His notable cartoon characters and logo is on everything from apparel, footwear, and bags.

"I was lucky to meet many other artists and many other people involved in the POW! WOW! family and there were the people from POW! WOW! Guam- Josh," he told KUAM News. "He said you have to come to Guam and do something here. And I said yeah, because I have friends there and the brand is pretty popular so they invited me and I'm here."

 

Simone describes the inspiration behind his vivid mural, located on the wall of the Pacific Place Building in Tumon.

"It's a mix-up of classic tokidoki iconography and mix up the dualistic things- the cute and the edgy and I wanted to include elements that were iconic from Guam."

And with this being Simone's first time on Guam, we were curious to know what he thought.

"I was excited like a child...already I could see the water from the airplane, I always love to see new places and I heard that it was a magical place," he said. "We've been painting day and night. So right now, you caught me before they take us on a boat...they want to show what you guys are proud about."

Before he got to work, he was able to take a look at GAX and was truly impressed by how the island is reflected in the art.

"Like how the territory reflects in the artists," he said. "I can see the Pacific influence from the colors and the elements. There is a lot of talent. It's even a place with a big mix of cultures as well. So you not only get the blood style but also all the communities that live here."

Far from his corner in LA where Simone resides, the island's warmth and hospitality has definitely left a lasting impression.

"I'm sure this will not be the last time," he said. "I will be locating partially in Japan with my family and I'm ready to come back very soon."

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