Stab Magazine | An Artist Stab Digs: Hula Paints An Andy Irons' Tribute

An Artist Stab Digs: Hula Paints An Andy Irons’ Tribute

Axel applies the finishing handprint. 

style // Dec 21, 2016
Words by stab
Reading Time: 3 minutes

Sean “Hula” Yoro is an artist we’re particularly fond of. He hails from the great Hawaiian island chain (hence the name) and is identified by his murals on abandoned shipping docks, under bridges and utilising a SUP to get his work in unexpected locales. The way he uses the water’s reflection to accent his pieces offers a unique aesthetic; it’s enchanting.


Six years after the death of AI, he still lives on in the hearts of friends, family, and fans. It’s curious if 10-15 years from now, his legacy will pertain likeliness to that of Eddie Aikau’s.

Recently, he did a painting of the late-Andy Irons during the Pipe Masters. But, the real merit of the piece is having Axel apply the finishing touch: a blue handprint on the chest of his father is something that can stir the coldest of hearts.

He also produced a series of murals on acrylic sheets mounted on icebergs from broken glaciers to create climate change awareness, aptly titled: A’o ‘Ana or “The Warning”. They’re all gone now. It’s this here-today-gone-tomorrow nature that we dig. Every artist needs a vision and Hula’s vision–especially in this project–was transparent.

You can check out more of The Hula’s work here

Follow him on the social network here

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“In the short time I was there, I witnessed the extreme melting rate first hand as the sound of ice cracking was a constant background noise while painting. Within a few weeks these murals will be forever gone, but for those who find them, I hope they ignite a sense of urgency, as they represent the millions of people in need of our help who are already being affected from the rising sea levels of Climate Change.”

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Some things weren’t made to last forever.


“Luana” can be found underneath the Queens Bridge in Long Beach, Ca.

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Painting the icebergs for the Cannes Lions Festival, 2016. In collaboration with Instagram and Facebook.

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“Lewa” reflects off the ocean on the side of abandoned shipping dock.


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