Open Your Eyes

How wild are you willing to get?


Photo credit: Jenni Chung


Collecting ‘Battle Art’ from Young Illustrators with @secretwalls

For more disruptive art from Secret Walls battles at TEDxTeen, New York Comic-Con and other events around the world, follow @secretwalls and browse the #secretwalls hashtag on Instagram.

Terry Guy (@secretwalls) felt frustrated by the lack of opportunities for young artists in London, UK, so he decided to create a better, cooler way to showcase their work: illustration battles. Eight years later, the competitions—where artists draw against each other in front of a live audience—are part of an international movement called “Secret Walls.”

“The concept was inspired by some of my interests: comics, movies like ‘Fight Club,’ live art and graffiti,” says Terry. “It started out as 16 street artists. We never intended for the event to go global, but it did, quickly, because of social media.”

Participants are encouraged to experiment with different themes and styles, with only two restrictions: the piece must be completed during a 90-minute time frame, and the illustrator must use a monochromatic palette. Photos of the finished products are shared on the Secret Walls Instagram account, where credits range from amateurs to well-known artists from over 25 countries.

“Some artists end up battling aggressively with visual attacks on each other, while others just do their own thing and paint a beautiful mural,” says Terry. “At the end of the day, the mission of Secret Walls is to paint the whole world black and white, one pot of paint at a time.”

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Echoing Still

I think they see my eyes
can’t come back
from the ether
that pressed magnetic fields together.

The merging wanders
searching to further,
navigating hallway mazes
with certain calls
falling hollow on my heels

but in the quiet I still hear

echoes of
hallowed ghostly howls swirling out
the undercurrents purring
over driving pulsations
reverberating in the ribcages
containing a constant visceral
craving to transcend
themselves through
melting into paintings
on the walls
in the music
with the waves
we know.


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