After our first ‘Wha Gwan?’ piece was done on a found sign and we were commissioned to recreate it on paper for someone so set to work cleaning the image up a little and adding a little colour. For the uninitiated, the phrase ‘Wha gwan’ (whaa gwaan) means ‘what’s going on’ in Jamaican Patois. The spelling varies but the meaning does not change. As we live in Brixton this is not an unusual phrase to hear around the place.
As with our other version I have included a small Lion of Judah motif on there as a nod to Haile Selassie (we have cut a stencil of him before as part of our celebrity heads series – see here).
Title: Wha Gwan?
Media: Screenprint,stencils and spraypaint
‘Wha’ gwan?’ is a phrase often heard around our neck of the woods so i thought i’d do a little tribute to our Jamaican bredren. I have always liked the sound of patois although it can sometimes be a little difficult to understand. I will probably do another little post once this has hit the streets but i haven’t quite decided where it should go yet. I’m pretty much spoiled for choice around Brixton but a good placement would be ideal.
I thought it only fair to include a Lion of Judah on there too as a nod to Haile Selassie (we have cut a stencil of him before as part of our celebrity heads series – see here).