On Friday, December 7, HURLEY+CONTRAST MAGAZINE will come together to put on their 4th Annual Anti Canvas Art Show in Honolulu. Through the process of sublimation, art is transferred onto boarshorts for the show. Each pair of shorts is auctioned, and the money is donated to charity. Every year, different artist are selected, and this year our very own Alex Wong was chosen as one of the featured artist. Contrast Magazine’s Daniel Ikaika Ito sits down with him…
Who has been your biggest motivation within your career?
Currently, my biggest motivator is Emil Soriano, Design Director at Crooks & Castles. Working with him the past few years has pushed me to constantly grow. He has been a great resource in my development and transition into apparel design.
Why are you excited to participate in the Anti Canvas?
I’m humbled and honored to be a part of this amazing show. Working in the surf industry for close to a decade, I’ve witnessed the evolution of the boardshort and boarshort art. After attending the first exhibit, I knew I wanted to be a part. It’s a great fusion of Art + Surf + Charity. Big thanks to Seth, Leilani and everyone at Hurley and Contrast for the honor!
What was the inspiration for your Anti Canvas piece?
My piece is dedicated to Christopher “Lewds” Natalio, Marketing Director for Crooks & Castles, who passed away suddenly on June 2, 2012. His passing was and still is one of the most trying times of my life thus far. I’ve never lost anyone so close. Chris was one of my biggest supporters and always had my back. I miss him everyday. Rest in Paradise Lewds. 1975-Forever.
When did you begin your career?
I would say my career is just beginning. I started out in 2007, mainly working in print design. Gradually, I have transitioned into apparel. I love print, but apparel is where I want to be. I still have so much to learn, but am blessed to be surrounded by so many talented individuals who are willing to share their years of knowledge and experience.
Where do you want to be with your career in 10 years?
In 10 years, I hope to be a successful apparel designer, making a career out of the field I love. I’d love to call Hawaii home, but have the opportunity to travel frequently and experience everything the world has to offer. Traveling is a passion of mine, and I find inspiration where every I may be. The details and intricacies of places and cultures fascinate me.