The Ink and Clog Studio
The Ink and Clog Studio was formed in 2012, an emergence of two individuals with diverse styles and background that unify into one. They have made iconic murals globally; in London, Paris, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Korea, Mauritius, Australia, Mexico, United States, Hong Kong and part of the South East Asia Region. Their styles revolve around the concept of calculative geometric patterns that weave and connect into a visual figurative call the Geo-Graffiti art that showcases the cultural environment and experience.
They have also worked with brand names such as Mercedes Benz, Google, Microsoft, Apple, CBRE, Oracle Digital Prime and MightyJaxx. Their vision is to create a synthesis of two styles standing as one and bringing in the harmony between the concrete infrastructures and urban arts.
Yong’s Teo Chew Kueh
The old Tanjong Katong was a coastal stretch from Upper East Coast Road to Tanjong Rhu, and is now an estate. The name “Tanjong Katong” translated means “turtle point” or “turtle cape”. Katong takes its name from the Javanese word for the leatherback sea turtle, a species of sea-turtle which is now extinct. Such a turtle was found on a beach near Siglap in 1883; its remains were taxidermized and are now on display at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum.
This specimen remains the only record of a leatherback turtle in Singapore, and it is possible that it (or similar turtles) gave its name to the area. Singaporean poet Ho Poh Fun wrote a poem in 1994, named “Katong”, which describes the neighbourhood and the local turtles before and after land reclamation there. Katong also means “the rippling effect of a sea mirage” when looking at a shore-line.
Further down this street, the single-storey terrace houses with colourful facades stand beside a former sea wall where the beach used to be. Before the land was reclaimed, turtles used to come to the shore by these homes to lay their eggs. What makes these homes unusual is that the living area is built on raised ground to protectagainst the rising tides in the past. The architectural style is also unique: an eclecticmix of traditional local architecture infused with Western influence, as seen in the elaborate fascia boards and decorative plaster motifs.