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Just in time for POW! WOW!’s first ever Asia Tour, we round out our three-part series on the respected street art festival’s Long Beach edition. Artist Aaron De La Cruz, known for his bold yet minimal artistic style, took over a parking lot during the festival that was to be converted into an outdoor lounge space by a local business. His graphic work took on a playful edge, executed in bright pastel tones that reflected the coastal city’s ever-present sunshine.

Joining Aaron during his few days at the festival while he worked, he spoke with us on a few topics including public art, his journey with POW! WOW! (it’s his fourth time at the event), why he draws rather than writes his autograph – and why no two are ever the same – as well as his relationship with curious passers by and fellow artists at the event.

While POW! WOW! previously held a Taiwan edition, the successful street art festival is now expanding to include Japan, with the Tokyo-specific event kicking off on October 17. Three cities across Taiwan will play host from October 31 to November 21. Find out more about POW! WOW!’s Asia Tour from the festival’s website.

Also be sure to check out the first in this series with James Jean and second installment with French artist FAFI.

Words by Marta Sundac
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