Wynwood Artist Spotlight: P.H.A.S.E. 2

Since the Wynwood Walls are closed because of the current Pandemic, the team at Oasis Consulting Group thought it would be a great idea to start shining a spotlight on some of the great artists who have contributed to the walls.  First up is P.H.A.S.E. 2.

Originally, from New York City, inspirational artist P.H.A.S.E. 2 is a first generation writer with origins in the subway art movement and 1970 Bronx inspired hip hop culture.  In 1972, he founded the “softie” bubble letter style, which made up the majority of the earliest subway designs, as well as, providing a foundation for the various other letter styles, by introducing arrows, curls, twists, and other connections.  Calling it “wild lettering,” this master designer has been an extremely influential presence on the New York trains.  Additionally, by designing the flyers for the top DJs, MCs, breakers, and aerosol artists from the South Bronx, he was able to take on the role of cultural connector.

In 2010, the Wynwood Doors received some if its’ most inspirational artwork around.  Using markers, P.H.A.S.E. 2 painted his favorite kung Fu actors from the 1970s like Angela Mao, Gordon Lui, Ti Lung, and Samo Hung.  Citing his heartfelt connection to his love for Asian culture and martial arts, P.H.A.S.E. 2, had this to say about his contribution to the Wynwood District, “Martial arts movies came on TV every Saturday in the ’70s and ’80s—you got a good dose of them through Kung Fu Theater and VHS tapes.  In a certain respect, it was part of us through our embracement of movies like Five Fingers of Death and Bruce Lee’s movies as well, like his character Kato in The Green Hornet.  It was my symbolic and due homage to the art and the movies.”

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