An interview with Cody Kiks about his huge custom artwork for Anderson Paak



(Photo: Canadian Diamond Boyz)

Kiks and his team started working on the part 8 months before delivery, keeping a few major details ideas in mind. However, they really wanted to come up with something personal, unique, and never-before-added elements, while implementing sentimental and core personal values ​​for Anderson Paak. After a few months of design and long hours spent on the vision board, the design turned out to be unreal.

The team added hidden symbols, subliminal messages, and heartfelt concepts, including details about Mac Miller and Anderson Paak’s relationship, the art they created together, and the hits they produced. A big concept was the song DANG!, with Kiks really wanting to exceed expectations as well as do something that made sense and really set things in motion to create a work of art.

The piece was large and heavy with the right amount of VVS diamonds and top quality gold work. The design incorporated a Venetian-style border photo frame with hidden messages and details, such as a weed leaf dating back to Paak’s previous chapter on weed cutting. Other concepts incorporated include Pittsburgh’s “P” style for Mac Miller’s hometown, a tribute to him as he recently passed away at the time, as the duo had a close friendship and created magic together. . With a few musical notes on the edges of the photo frame and the MAC letters embedded on the side, every detail mattered to bring this vision to life. The bail of the pendant sits on a crown with the words “YESLAWD”, a classic Anderson Paak saying. The initials “AP” are incorporated into the frame on the corners and detailed flowers throughout.

An interview with Cody Kiks about his huge custom artwork for Anderson Paak

(Photo: Canadian Diamond Boyz)

The design is based on one of the only published projects by the two. DANG! was a hit record played in an all-color music video, featuring Mac Miller and Anderson Paak portraying an incredibly creative concept. The word “DANG!” combined with VVS D color diamonds on the frame in a graffiti font, with the same video style and the same vibrations embedded in acrylic details on a gold back plate are clips of the actual video clip in a 9 square background , featuring Mac Miller and a full tribute to Mac Miller who is forever a legend and a dear friend to Paak.

After this piece of art was completed, Kiks decided to bring it back to Los Angeles on Grammy weekend. The Canadian Diamond Boyz team, grateful to Paak’s manager and assistant, arranged for the whole opportunity to be set in motion. “We packed our bags from Canada and headed to Los Angeles with the custom artwork. We landed in Los Angeles en route to Paak’s house where he was working on music in the home studio with his producer. Driving around and meeting everyone to present the piece in his house was a crazy experience. His art and style really showed throughout the house and walking to the studio,” Kiks said.

All the hype was about to be released and openly seen for the first time and this work of art was ready to be seen by the person it was created for. The energy and emotion were high as he opened the box, the DANG! coin was now in Paaks’ hand, which was followed by a few minutes of silence. The energy was something that could only be felt by those present; happiness and maybe a little sadness. It was a bittersweet moment. It was obvious that everything he and Mac had was special and meant so much more than they understood at the time.

Kiks put the chain around Paaks’ neck and he looked at himself in the big mirror in his hallway, coming back into the room with a smile from ear to ear, happy and moved by everything.

Kiks further says “He seemed to like the part. We took some pictures and got things going as it was a busy Grammy weekend for him and Cordae. All respect and positivity to him and his team, c It was a high energy experience for the whole project and the story behind it We continued our weekend and supported a little show with family and friends of Cordae and Anderson Paak at the Peppermint Club in Beverly Hills that night. He wasn’t wearing the chain, that shit would’ve been on to see, but it was still a strong vibe,” Kiks explained.

An interview with Cody Kiks about his huge custom artwork for Anderson Paak

(Photo: Canadian Diamond Boyz)

A few weeks after delivery, it was brought to Kiks’ attention that the part was not suitable for them for unknown reasons. They speculated on the emotion MAC felt and the questions it might bring every time he wore it. Kiks adds, “At the end of the day, he was and still doesn’t know why he asked to return it to us. Which was a super weird thing and not a typical situation with any artwork we’ve commissioned before. I was more concerned about what I would do with him and why he wouldn’t want to have it for himself We came up with a few ideas to pass it on to Mac Miller’s mom as a gift so someone can really get it. enjoy and all the hard work we put in. day i didn’t chat and provided a full refund and took the loss on the channel we never got a direct response on the reason why Paak didn’t fully agree, but I thought that would be a hell of a deal. Almost like I returned an album he made for my refund. Maybe not showing the same value to my art, but I’m not sure of the ultimate reason why he didn’t want ga rder this work of art.

Kiks only posted a short video of the delivery on their Instagram account. For any personalized jewelry request, contact Kiks and his team, the Canadian Diamond Boyz on his Instagram @kiks @goldteethcanada @canadiandiamondboyz or his website.

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