Chinese New Year is usually the time to reconnect with family and friends, but for Hong Kong-based street art collective The Parents’ Parents, it’s their time to say goodbye to individual work commitments and pursue their shared passion for art. For one week, this zealous band of creators will hole up in Hotel Jen Tanglin. Here, they’re set to create two murals for and about Singapore, each stamped with their unique brand of chaos and whimsy.
So who are the Parents’ Parents? Well, they’re a shy bunch. Admitting no love for socializing and self-publicity, they like to keep to themselves and rarely do interviews. The most important thing to know is this:
Wong does typography.
Ysoo does details.
Jimson does weird characters.
Chris does faces.
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They started collaborating as friends in school, aiding each other on tagging sprees after dinner at home. Eventually, their distinctive graffiti style came to adorn gallery walls too. Successful partnerships with brands like Nike and Juicy Couture soon followed. But the life of a street artist is not paved with glitz and glam. As Wong Tin Yau said, “Only those who are really passionate keep going”.
There is pressure in urban meccas like Hong Kong and Singapore to put profit first, passions later—thus their street art contemporaries have been dwindling over the years. As a group, they do aspire to make money for their parents—a clever clue for how they got their group name—but for now they are excited to be able to do projects like these despite the demands of their day jobs.
Hotel Jen Tanglin’s General Manager, Clifford Weiner, personally reached out to them to become Next Jen’s first artists in residency. Next Jen is an ongoing programme that offers artists and entrepreneurs a creative space. The hotel lends its support to groups like the Parents’ Parents by giving them platforms and opportunities to showcase their talents and products. The story of local creativity and culture is indeed part of the hotel’s brand identity.
Witness how Hong Kong based art collective, the Parents’ Parents, brings to life their vision of Singapore. This event is free for guests and open to the public.