WizardSkull wins Secret Walls art battle against Dew Tour partner artist Cooper

Artist Cooper giving a few words before weapons are drawn. Photo: Donez

The artist known as WizardSkull won the head-to-head Secret Walls art battle on Friday night at Dew Tour on the Green. His winning piece featured distorted versions of popular animated characters including Bart and Homer Simpson, Mickey Mouse, and Snoopy, all hand-drawn in black marker.

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And their off! Wizardskull on the left and Cooper on the right. Photo: Strand

“I like to have fun, I want to make images that make people happy and make me remember my childhood,” WizardSkull said after taking the fan-judged win. “The Secret Walls battle format was fun for me. I grew up skateboarding: I like being in action, doing something. I don’t like sitting around thinking about what to do and planning everything out too much. Secret Walls is real quick and real straightforward: just go up there and do what you’re going to do.”

Cooper, squeezing every trip he can get out of the only color they’re allowed to paint with. Photo: Donez

His opponent Cooper, the Dew Tour partner artist responsible for the whimsical wildflower designs on the Street and Park courses and the overall look of Dew Tour Long Beach 2019, went for an over-ambitious abstract flower design and ran out of time to complete his vision within the constraints of the 60-minute contest.

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MNT Dew mixed with a little bit of elixir never hurt the creative process. Photo: Strand

With the battle behind him, WizardSkull shared props for his competitor.

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Wizardskull, making every detail count. Photo: Strand

“Cooper is very dedicated. I admire anyone who’s really dedicated to their art: you can tell he’s really captured his own style by all the art around Dew Tour. That’s something I really respect.”

Cooper trying to cover as much ground as he can. Photo: Donez

Secret Walls, founded in 2006, has been bringing live art battles to events around the world, arming artists only with black markers and black acrylic paint for pure side-by-side art competition in its most stripped-down form.

Their artwork is starting to take shape and opinions start to form. Photo: Donez

The artwork by WizardSkull and Cooper from the Secret Walls battle will be on display all weekend at Dew Tour on the Green, part of the Dew Tour Experience fan zone.

Wizardskull and Cooper’s completed 30-minute masterpieces. Photo: Donez

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