April 23, 2009

"Memento Mori" - New mural in LA with Retna

This is a mural Retna and I recently painted in Los Angeles called Memento Mori. This is a Latin phrase meaning ‘be mindful of death’ and can be translated as ‘remember that you are mortal’ or ‘remember that you must die. That could seem a little grim, but the point is really to encourage us to properly value and make the most of our time here.
I painted the figure and Retna did all the rest. Retna's lettering in the background is from a pre-Hispanic Nahuatl/Azteca poem:

Must I go like the flowers that perish?
Will nothing remain of my name?
Nothing of my fame here on Earth?
At least my flowers, at least my songs.
Earth is the region of the fleeting moment.


Eve said...

Beautiful this really speaks to me.. love it

H. said...

Inspirational as always. Thanks for posting the process pics, too.


mike said...

that is sick, you should make a print of it

Lahe_178 said...

pura seda

ray said...


skinnyGLASSESgirl said...

so rad..