Monorex Inspires Next Gen of Talent With Secret Walls x CONS Project
Monorex recently brought its Black Book Battles approach to Converse's CONS Project: Los Angeles, the second in a series of global community events meant to inspire the next generation of creative spirits through art, style, music, and sports.
"The Black Book Battles started in London as a micro version of Secret Walls, the art battle event that features the best artists I can find," explained Terry Guy, founder of Monorex, Secret Walls, and High Rise Murals. "There's always hundreds of artists who want to get involved, so we set up a three-hour-long session on Saturdays in London, where young talent could turn up, meet some of the bigger names, and ask questions before it becomes a social experiment." Guy and his team distribute A4 sheets of paper divided down the middle and attendees have ten minutes to draw on one side before handing it off to another participant who fills the remaining half.
Guy called the CONS workshop amazing and noted that it was at capacity with "a real mix of people – from kids coming in with their moms and dads to artists in their mid-twenties." Frequent Secret Walls headliner Disco Teck fielded Qs from the crowd, and he and street artist OG Slick each created a mural. "There was a lot of appreciation of the Black Book concept – it was the first time we did it in the States – and we scanned all of the images that were made (and asked the artists to put their Twitter or Instagram handles on them)," Guy said. "It's all a very nice give-back initiative from Converse."