Growing up in Hong Kong, Pete was captivated by the constantly evolving city and in particular drawn towards architecture and its relation with people during a time of change and political uncertainty. Now a RIBA architect, he has a keen interest in socio-urban interactions. His art focuses on the seeming juxtaposition of the masterplan city and the unpredictable nature of people. His style uses traditional, detailed drawing techniques in contrast to urban stencil work. He brings to the forefront cultural mixes, diversity, memory and contradictions of city life, drawing from his own inspirations of Chinese and Western art. His work often references old ways of life, traditions and cultures against the fast-paced perceptions of modern life. In 2013 he won the People's Prize at Asia Contemporary and was selected in 2017 as 40 under 40 creative leaders of today and tomorrow.
What inspired you to create these designs?
I’m interested in memory and transition and really fascinated by evolving environments. I love this idea of things growing versus things remaining static, like how trees grow over and through old temples. Life continues and grows through old structures and cultures. Sometimes the structure or culture is lost and sometimes its evolved and taken along on the journey but regardless, it always forms the foundation.
Where can you imagine your tattoo being worn?
A beach or a festival.
Which part of the body suits your tattoo design and why?
I think the foo dogs and birds could look great on the middle of the upper back but also as a upper arm or upper leg piece. The circles are smaller and would work well as wrist, lower back or ankle pieces. That doesn’t mean that they won’t work in other areas – on a shoulder blade they could also look pretty cool.
Which artwork would you like to wear on your body?
From an old school perspective, I would have to go for Leonardo da Vinci, probably the Vitruvian Man for its symmetry, groundbreaking rules on proportion and its link to the basic principles of architecture. If I was to go for someone more current I would either get a piece by Carne Griffiths
or Nissa Kauppila
. I love their fluid, whimsical aesthetic.
Do you have any tattoos?
No, I’m completely tattoo-free, although I’ve debated getting one for years on my inner right arm. I’ve thought it would be cool to design it myself but I know I’ll look back and think of all the ways I could improve it. I’d be more tempted to find a tattoo artist whose style I love and give them free reign – I’m still looking…