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King Of Kowloon : A Cultural Icon Of Hong Kong

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It is worth noting that an aged graffiti artist in Hong Kong living under an eccentric self-imposed pseudonym of ‘King of Kowloon’, had managed to garner significant recognition from not only within the city in which he had created numerous works, but also from the international community. The so-called ‘King of Kowloon‘, whose actual name was known as Tsang Tsou Choi, passed away in 2007, but he remains in the memories of many as a major cultural icon of Hong Kong, a highly unique and innovative figure that this small yet dynamic city has had to offer. His dedicated street works have been thoroughly appreciated as being highly distinctive in their inclusion of ornate calligraphy work, as well as highlighting features of Hong Kong‘s local history, allowing the people of Hong Kong to shape their own identities in midst of their recently confusing experiences of British colonial rule and handover to China, helping himself forge his own presence in this ever-changing and dynamic city. ‘King of Kowloon’, as this late graffiti artist was so often called, has left a deep impact on the small city of Hong Kong not as a mere street graffiti worker, but as an innovative icon whose works are distinguished by those of other artists in his extensive use of ornate calligraphy, as well as the sensational meanings and ideas embedded within every one of his creations.1 Despite lacking professional artistic training, Tsang Tsou Choi, a tireless artist, practiced Chinese calligraphy- a

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