The Parent’s Parents: Not Your Usual Family Reunion
Gong Xi Fa Cai! You might hear that expression a lot during your stay in February; it means Happy Chinese New Year!
This year, my team at Hotel Jen Tanglin brings you something rather unconventional to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The hotel’s general manager, Clifford Weiner, personally reached out to Hong Kong-based street art collective “Parent’s Parents” and invited them to be Jen’s resident artists. For one week only, this zealous band of creators will hole up in the hotel and create two murals for and about Singapore, each stamped with their unique brand of chaos and whimsy.
So, who are Parent’s Parents? Well, Clifford told me they are a shy bunch and prefer to keep to themselves. That’s probably why you might not have heard about them. However, the only thing you need to know about Parent’s Parents is this: together, they make art.
Wong, Ysoo, Jimson and Chris are four friends who started collaborating back in school, sort of like partners in crime who aided each other on tagging sprees after dinner at home. After some years, they found their distinctive graffiti style, and their works have come to adorn gallery walls; as they slowly built their street cred in Hong Kong, successful partnerships with brands like Nike and Juicy Couture soon followed.
This might sound like a glam story, but being a street artist requires commitment. Members of Parent’s Parents all have day jobs, and juggling between that and their passion for art is no easy feat. I’m very excited that
they’ve agreed to be the pilot artist in our Next Jen programme, an on-going initiative that supports artists and entrepreneurs by offering them a creative platform to showcase their talents and products. Local creativity and culture is what we root for.
You now have a chance to see Parent’s Parents in action. From 10-12 February, enjoy a refreshing set lunch prepared by my team and see the group bring to life their vision of Singapore. Speak to any member of staff and they’ll reserve a space for you.