Cryptik’s Ahimsa stencil honours the endangered green sea turtle

LA-based street artist, Cryptik, known for his spiritual street art has created stunning stencils of endangered green sea turtles, embossed with gold foil stamping, in his artistic efforts to help “save our seas”.

The print, entitled ‘Ahimsa’ – the Sanskrit word for non-violence or compassion, is a beautiful stencil featuring East Asian calligraphic lettering in Cryptik’s artistic honour of the green sea turtle.

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Green turtles, which are one of the largest sea turtles and found mainly in tropical and subtropical waters, are threatened by over harvesting of their eggs, hunting of adults, accidental capture in fishing gear and loss of nesting beach sites.

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Ahimsa was created by Cryptik in association with PangeaSeed Foundation, which aims to harness the power of art, science, and creativity to generate awareness and stimulate dialogue to inspire and effect positive change surrounding global ocean environmental issues.

The embossed gold foil-stamping Ahimsa prints, which come in two backgrounds – natural white or epic black, are limited edition prints. Only 65 prints are available in each background colour. They went on sale on 1 February via PangeaSeed Co. for $100 and sold out fast.

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In a statement, Cryptik said: “Together, through art and activism, we can help save our seas. One of Earth’s most ancient creatures, green sea turtles spend their entire lives at sea, except when adult females come ashore to lay eggs several times per season every 2 to 5 years. From greens to loggerheads, six of the seven species of sea turtles are endangered at the hand of humans.

“‘Ahimsa’ is the principle and practice of nonviolence toward all living beings in one’s thoughts, words, or deeds. As a concept, Ahimsa is the recognition of the dynamic unity of reality where all life is interconnected and interdependent.”

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Cryptik’s spiritual street art, featuring Eastern philosophical signs and symbols, have adorned city walls across LA and Hawaii. Ahimsa is a part of the Cryptik Movement lineage of work dedicated to helping humanity evolve towards greater awareness and understanding through public art. The purpose of the Movement is to “facilitate the development of a deeper, more meaningful philosophy of life; one that encompasses many ideologies, philosophies, and belief systems in order to help us better understand our connection to one another, the planet and the Universe”.

For more about Cryptik and the Cryptik Movement, check Cryptik’s website

Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a journalist who writes about sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com


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