WALL OF SKULLS Fine Art Reproduction on Canvas is an open edition, sized 20" x 32" and shipped ready to hang, unframed.
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INSPIRATION BEHIND THIS ART PIECE:
The Wall of Skulls is a real place on the Polynesian Island of Tahiti and there's a gnarly story behind it!
One of the most deadly surfing waves in the world is called Teahupo'o (pronounced "cho-poo"). It's located on the south west coast of Tahiti, literally at the end of the road.
In ancient times, as the population of Tahiti grew, people had to travel further and further to find food. The inhabitants of the end of the road at Teahupo'o got angry at all of the uninvited visitors that would come and pilfer the food from their mango and breadfruit trees.
And so, they decided to put a stop to it. They severed the heads of anyone caught stealing their food.
Then, as a warning to new visitors, they built an actual wall made of skulls along the shoreline. This was their way of screaming "don't come here."
Teahupo'o is translated to mean "severed head" or "wall of skulls" and that is why the world famous surf break is named Teahupo'o.
In September of 2015, Drew almost lost his own head at Teahupo'o - during one of his surfing trips to Tahiti, he took off on a giant wave and didn't make it. His head hit the razor sharp reef and he was "scalped" and severely injured, all while having to get himself safely to the boat where his friends waited, not knowing what had happened. Luckily, he was able to get to the hospital quickly and get surgery, and he's fully recovered now, except for a little bald spot and a scar. He's lucky to be back at surfing.
The original WALL OF SKULLS painting was part of a series of paintings that were commissioned by Hinano Tahiti, an awesome clothing company that came from Tahiti and now is in Southern California.
It's funny how every painting truly does have a story behind it. We couldn't make this stuff up if we tried. Thanks for being on this journey with us. We are glad to share the stories!