Painting the Vote

August 3rd, 2010

No vote, no grumble! Are you registered to vote? There are currently a few movements focused on getting Hawaii people (especially young people) to register and exercise their right to vote.

Kanu Hawaii, for example, is working with Common Cause Hawaii on Your Vision. Your Vote. - to get 1,000 young people to lead the charge in the 2010 elections by volunteering to work the polls, helping register voters, and voting themselves.

One of the coolest things I've seen was graffiti artist Estria Miyashiro (originally from Hawaii, now in Oakland, CA) who came home to express his support of Neil Abercrombie--and to encourage other artists to get involved in politics--by painting a mural.

He even let kids passing by try their hand at painting, as he taught them how to properly hold the spray cans and create even strokes.

During his time here, Estria also coordinated an event to bring awareness to local artists and encourage people to register to vote. Rep. Della Au Bellati dropped by to say hi, and Sen. Carol Fukunaga came by as she was filing her nomination papers (she even met some new, young constituents in the process!).

Sen. Fukunaga was so jazzed about the event, she came back with a pair of shoes to be graffiti-ed. Can you see the "Carol" on her shoe?

One of the artists tried his hand at a campaign Tshirt for Neenz....

...but non-partisan, non-political messages were popular, too.

But, I digress. Through social media, Estria encouraged people to help him paint, and finished the mural the other day.

Finishing touches.

A true artist always tags his work.

If you want to see the finished mural, you can drop by Neil Abercrombie headquarters during business hours.

Mahalo, Estria, for your work!

Are you registered to vote? According to Kanu Hawaii, when Hawaii became a state in 1959, voter turnout was 84% in the primary election – one of the highest in the U.S. By the 2008 primary, turnout was down to 37% – among the lowest in the country. Do your part to help elect the kind of leaders who will address our concerns.

3 Responses to “Painting the Vote”

  1. Ynaku:

    I am truly amazed how these artists can use a spray can to paint a mural like that. Me? I probably mess um up royal.

    Good Job

  2. turk fontaine:

    Estria is one of my favorite artists. his work is so liquid i feel like i'm falling into Jello when i look at it. My other favorite artist is also from Hawaii: Gaye Chan of the UH Art Dept. She uses photographic techniques that go way beyond photography.

  3. M:

    Hello Melissa!

    Amazing what they can do with a can of spray paint and an air brush. Nice job!

    Get registered to vote if you haven't yet! Exercise your right to vote!