HEAVY DUTY #1 by Falko One
Hand painted leather jacket by the internationally recognized Cape Town artist Falko One
Title – HEAVY DUTY #1
Leather type – Sheepskin
Style – A2 bomber
Paint – Metallic spray paint
Approximate size – Extra large
The above two pieces were appropriately named by Faklo because he noticed how heavy the jackets were while at the same time imagining the weight of the elephants that he spray-painted. The title also conveys the undertaking of the task and the meaning behind the elephants depicted. According to recent census, we may be experiencing the last few years of elephants being on this earth. With a massive spike in poaching since 2012 the population of elephants has dropped significantly due to the value of their ivory. The ivory is used to create intricate artwork but at the expense of the life of one of the most magnificent creatures to ever exist and possibly will ever exist.
The painting of this jacket is a statement against the needless killing of these magnificent creatures because the leather itself is second-hand which means that the animal didn’t have to die for this artwork to exist. This artwork is done on un-dyed naked sheepskin on an A2 bomber jacket style.