x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Lessons from graffiti master, Inkie

Six graffiti artists from the UK were at Yas Island to demonstrate in an ¿organised way¿ how graffiti can be both artistic and useful.

ABU DHABI // Six graffiti artists from the UK were at Yas Island yesterday to demonstrate in an "organised way" how graffiti can be both artistic and useful. The six, including the famous British graffitist Inkie, came together to draw a picture of Abu Dhabi.

The painting includes six words, "leave your mark on Yas Island", and includes typical elements of the expanding city of Abu Dhabi.

The painting, which will take five days to complete, shows sand underneath the buildings on the island to depict the history of the area.

"We tried to showcase as much different diversity of the city as possible," Inkie said.

The painting showcase sand dunes from the left, a teenager wearing Emirati dress with a falcon on his shoulder, children wearing hip hop hats, architecture from Abu Dhabi and finally scenes from Ferrari World Abu Dhabi.

Thorayya Button, a British education officer who lives in Abu Dhabi, said she had never been interested in graffiti art until yesterday when she was taught the technique.

"Their moves are elegant and fluid," she said.

"I have never done it before and I now can't stop. It's addictive."

hhassan@thenational.ae