20 years ago today, one of the rawest and most influential albums in my life dropped. That of course, is the debut of the Wu-Tang Clan's - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). While I really didn't discover Wu until I was about 15 years old - about 5 years after their debut - 36 Chambers has been one of those inspirational, emotion sparking pieces of art that has helped to shape both my art and life.
I thought it would be fun to show some of the Wu-Tang inspired pieces that I have done over the years...long before I ever started woodburning.
When I was 16 years old, I created this 3 dimensional casting of my hands in the signature Wu-Tang 'W' pose for a school project. On the back of the hands are the lyrics to C.R.E.A.M. My art teacher hated it.
When I was about 24 years old, and working in a cabinet shop after college, I was commissioned to make this custom coat rack for a friend. It features a distressed black finish and is mounted on a Wu-Tang logo-shaped base.
And now, 14 years after my first piece of Wu inspired art, I'm an old ass pyrographer who is still very much down with the 'W'. I recently started burning a series of portraits that feature each member of the infamous Wu-Tang Clan. Together they 'form like voltron' into a 18"x18" collage.
I documented some the process with Instagram's new video feature. Check it out below: