Below is a collection of videos recorded at the "Love is a risk. Do it anyway." mural, located in Wynwood at N'Namdi Contemporary Art Gallery, at 177 NW 23rd St., Miami, FL 33127.
Renda Writer started hosting Open Mic Nights and other events in South Florida in 2004. It was at around that time that he met a charismatic young rap artist from Boca Raton named HD Goodman. HD Goodman would regularly perform at all of Renda Writer's events and the two also worked together in the studio, with HD Goodman producing a few tracks on Renda's first official CD release in 2006, "Eclectic Poetic," which is available for purchase on iTunes. HD Goodman later moved to Port Saint Lucie and had a son, fell out of touch with Renda Writer, until one day in late 2014, when he called Renda out of the blue and said, "Yo, I'm gonna be in Miami today. Where you at?" Renda told his old friend about the mural he was working on and gave him the address. Later that day, HD Goodman showed up, and the two hung out like they hadn't missed a beat, in all the years that had passed. When HD broke out into rhyme in mid-conversation, Renda stopped him and said, "Wait, let me write your name on my wall and grab my iPad, and I'll record you. Do that same rhyme again.... from the top." So here's the video. Enjoy. And be sure to check out HD Goodman on Facebook.
The "Love is a risk. Do it anyway." mural took over almost 350 hours to complete. Here is a work-in-progress video capturing about 2 minutes of the total 350 hours, recorded late on night of December 2nd, 2014, the night before the mural was finished, just in time for Art Basel.
Renda Writer is grateful to have caught this video of a couple kissing and hugging in front of his mural. When he first posted this video on social media he said, "This is why I do art." The energy at this mural is easy to feel, it's very present, and very inspiring. If you happen to kiss your girlfriend or boyfriend in front of it, be sure to to take a video or pic and send it to Renda Writer, so it can be uploaded to this site.
This is a short video, and it's more about the audio than the visual, but it's insightful because in it, Renda is talking to a fan at his mural and giving him a very basic and simple summary of the reason why he did the mural... cause he had the time.
Renda Writer enjoyed meeting and talking to people while working on the "Love is a risk. Do it anyway. mural. This is a clip of him talking to some fans and people passing by.