April 23, 2009

"Memento Mori" - New EL MAC 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 painted the background designs. 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.


☽❍☾ EƔE ☽❍☾ 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...


Fashion Serial Killer said...

so rad..