It’s hard to make glasses look cool, especially when you’re using aerosol cans. Samir Arghandiwall, better known as EVOL 1, likes a challenge. When Arnette Eyewear came to him for creative inspiration, he delivered on multiple levels.
WHO: Samir has been spreading his graffiti on both coasts for more than two decades. He is passionate about using a wide variety of colors to give his portraits a surreal glow. Larger than life lips, wide eyes, and rosy cheeks are his signature. He loves studying faces and expressions.
WHAT: Samir’s excitement at painting rapper Del the Funky Homosapien, one of his childhood heroes, is evident in this portrait. Del’s music played a part in helping Samir find his passion as a young artist. “All in the mind and in the heart” from the song “Mistadobalina” recall’s EVOL’s M.O. It’s only fitting that Samir would honor him in the best way that that he knows. In this portrait, Del is deep in thought, perhaps plotting his next move. While we can’t know precisely what Del is thinking, we can have a great time figuring it out.
WHERE: The portrait hangs in Arnette Eyewear at 444 S. Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas.