Light Up The Night In A Glowing, Graffiti-Tagged Juke - Maxim

Light Up The Night In A Glowing, Graffiti-Tagged Juke

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The blank slate glow-in-the-dark Nissan Juke before the graffiti is applied. Photo: Nissan

The blank slate glow-in-the-dark Nissan Juke before the graffiti is applied. Photo: Nissan

Nissan lit up Melbourne, Australia's White Night celebration by challenging a pair of local graffiti artists to tag two Juke crossover SUVs. The Jukes were wrapped in glow-in-the-dark vinyl for the taggers to personalize with black paint and markers.

Since 2013, the annual 12-hour celebration of art and culture has included light projections, visual art, music and performances. The Nissan exhibit featured duo Josh Meyer and Josh Brown—who did a snake-themed design on their car—and Chris Le, whose work was called "Journey To The West."

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"The grill, headlights and long smooth lines resonated immediately with us," explained Josh and Josh. "We decided to create a series of snakes that traced the shapes and features of the Juke. We utilized negative space, so that the snakes were glowing, and everything else would be blacked out."

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Influenced by a favorite childhood TV show, Le depicted its lead character Magic Monkey on a journey to the West. This doubled as a tribute to this being the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese calendar. 

Le also felt that "an Asian-themed illustration must include dragons since they are a big part of the culture." 

"...It was only natural," he concluded, "to draw epic dragons weaving past the character on the car." 

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