Tinny (Lo Ho Tin), b-boy in RDZ, Urban Council Centenary Garden, Hong Kong, April 16, 2019.  Transcription and translation of handwriting:  TINNY LOKALOK THY NIFTY POTATO MARDC 8TONE TESU JETTY CEZ FRODO  肺可能是黑色的 但心一定唔係 過程 (My lung might be black but my heart is definitely not. Process)  生於亂世 活在當下 最难搵嘅係 平安的心 (Born in chaos. Live at the moment. Peace of mind is the hardest to find.)  NO FOUNTAIN BOYS Reservoir Dawgz Represent  TIN LOK BILLY NIFTY POTATO MARSH TASUA JT CEZAR FREDDY

Tinny (Lo Ho Tin), b-boy in RDZ, Urban Council Centenary Garden, Hong Kong, April 16, 2019.

Transcription and translation of handwriting:

TINNY LOKALOK THY NIFTY POTATO MARDC 8TONE TESU JETTY CEZ FRODO

肺可能是黑色的
但心一定唔係
過程
(My lung might be black but my heart is definitely not.
Process)

生於亂世 活在當下
最难搵嘅係
平安的心
(Born in chaos. Live at the moment. Peace of mind is the hardest to find.)

NO FOUNTAIN BOYS
Reservoir Dawgz Represent

TIN LOK BILLY NIFTY POTATO MARSH TASUA JT CEZAR FREDDY

  LokALok (Lo Ka Lok), b-boy in RDZ, Urban Council Centenary Garden, Hong Kong, April 16, 2019.  Transcription and translation of handwriting:  支持 十二年 真 酒 醉 玩 傻 旅行 中97環 評判 六月一日 加拿大 韓国 日本 永遠 二00七 隊友 RDZ 做人最緊要開心 (Support , 12 years, real, alcohol, drunk, play, idiot, travel, 97, Central, judge, June 1, Canada, Korea, Japan, forever, 2007, crew mate, RDZ, being happy is the most important)  活在當下 (Live in the moment)


LokALok (Lo Ka Lok), b-boy in RDZ, Urban Council Centenary Garden, Hong Kong, April 16, 2019.

Transcription and translation of handwriting:

支持 十二年 真 酒 醉 玩 傻 旅行 中97環 評判 六月一日 加拿大 韓国 日本 永遠 二00七 隊友 RDZ 做人最緊要開心
(Support , 12 years, real, alcohol, drunk, play, idiot, travel, 97, Central, judge, June 1, Canada, Korea, Japan, forever, 2007, crew mate, RDZ, being happy is the most important)

活在當下
(Live in the moment)

 JT (Kim Jin Tai), b-boy in RDZ, Urban Council Centenary Garden, Hong Kong, April 16, 2019.  Transcription of handwriting:  They’ve called me stubborn and they’ve called me crazy. I kept moving forward both when I was certain and when I was doubtful. I know deep down at all times I had to walk my way and so I did and I still am on the way. From eatin fancy almost every day to lookin to McDonald’s for shelter to sippin Macallan at VIP spots to sleepin in a bedroom I can’t sit upright. But I got the respect I wanted and I’m still movin forward for more. They all told me I couldn't. But I got what I came for.

JT (Kim Jin Tai), b-boy in RDZ, Urban Council Centenary Garden, Hong Kong, April 16, 2019.

Transcription of handwriting:

They’ve called me stubborn and they’ve called me crazy. I kept moving forward both when I was certain and when I was doubtful.
I know deep down at all times I had to walk my way and so I did and I still am on the way. From eatin fancy almost every day to lookin to McDonald’s for shelter to sippin Macallan at VIP spots to sleepin in a bedroom I can’t sit upright.
But I got the respect I wanted and I’m still movin forward for more. They all told me I couldn't. But I got what I came for.

 Billy (Tsang Hing Yip), b-boy, Urban Council Centenary Garden, Hong Kong, April 16, 2019.  Transcription and translation of handwriting:  音樂跳舞 影響了我 嘅一生 學會放松 減壓 (Music and dance have affected my whole life I found a way to decompress)  認識到一班 好兄弟 明白自己想法 人生不只返工瞓教 [覺] (I got to know a bunch of brothers I know what I want Life isn’t just work and sleep)  人生無悔 (Live without regrets)

Billy (Tsang Hing Yip), b-boy, Urban Council Centenary Garden, Hong Kong, April 16, 2019.

Transcription and translation of handwriting:

音樂跳舞
影響了我
嘅一生
學會放松
減壓
(Music and dance have affected my whole life
I found a way to decompress)

認識到一班
好兄弟
明白自己想法
人生不只返工瞓教 [覺]
(I got to know a bunch of brothers
I know what I want
Life isn’t just work and sleep)

人生無悔
(Live without regrets)

 Ghost Style (Brandon Ho), of 24Herbs, Star Ferry Pier, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, May 5, 2019.  Transcription and translation of handwriting:  Less is More is Less . . . Live in Abundance All Stay Blessed.  Hong Kong, the 852 - URBAN SPRAWL FILLED with all types of humans. All levels of humans. One can feel the shift of ignorance AND “WOKE”. Living in ENVIRONMENTS AND SYSTEMS that are built to think for you. Information overload. Consume til cannibalization—and still keep eating. Existing in a profile, putting soul into A electronic device . . . not my choice. For whatever REASON W ARE “Here”. Make the best of this life. Evolve into a better human or higher. Understand the workings of “MIND” AND “HEART”. Universe is as is—“Flow”.  *EMPATHY*  Red Pill. Nobody, from Nowhere, knows Nothing. To fight for Truth is a lie. Your eyes, nose, ears, tongue AND body is limited. But, is needed to ride this journey. 100% it’s all you. “FREE” yourself from yourself. Design Environments with higher “vibes”—grow your reality like growing a “GARDEN”. Be with your day ones and support each other. No intentions—exist in harmony in inner and outer worlds. Jedi exist . . . Be a “Jedi”.  *RESPECT* *PATIENCE* *UNDERSTANDING* *happiness* *COMPASSION*  道可道,非常道; 名可名,非常名。 (The Tao can be talked about, but it is not an ordinary Tao; the name can be named, but it is not an ordinary name.)

Ghost Style (Brandon Ho), of 24Herbs, Star Ferry Pier, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, May 5, 2019.

Transcription and translation of handwriting:

Less is More is Less . . . Live in Abundance All Stay Blessed.

Hong Kong, the 852 - URBAN SPRAWL FILLED with all types of humans. All levels of humans. One can feel the shift of ignorance AND “WOKE”. Living in ENVIRONMENTS AND SYSTEMS that are built to think for you. Information overload. Consume til cannibalization—and still keep eating. Existing in a profile, putting soul into A electronic device . . . not my choice. For whatever REASON W ARE “Here”. Make the best of this life. Evolve into a better human or higher. Understand the workings of “MIND” AND “HEART”. Universe is as is—“Flow”.

*EMPATHY*

Red Pill. Nobody, from Nowhere, knows Nothing. To fight for Truth is a lie. Your eyes, nose, ears, tongue AND body is limited. But, is needed to ride this journey. 100% it’s all you. “FREE” yourself from yourself. Design Environments with higher “vibes”—grow your reality like growing a “GARDEN”. Be with your day ones and support each other. No intentions—exist in harmony in inner and outer worlds. Jedi exist . . . Be a “Jedi”.

*RESPECT* *PATIENCE* *UNDERSTANDING* *happiness* *COMPASSION*

道可道,非常道; 名可名,非常名。
(The Tao can be talked about, but it is not an ordinary Tao; the name can be named, but it is not an ordinary name.)

 Kit (Leung Wing Kit), of 24 Herbs and LMF, Mido Cafe, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong, May 15, 2019.  Transcription and translation of handwriting:  我信有命數,我信天無絕人之路 我信我哋繼續做一定可以做到 漫長嘅道路踏著 沉重腳步 縱然現實殘酷惟有向著上天禱告 聽日發生乜嘢事無人會知道 淨係知道呢一刻我哋要企出嚟做 (I believe in fate, I believe there is always a way out I believe if we persist, we will make it Each step is heavy on this long road Though reality is cruel, we can only pray What happens next, no one can tell, but all we can do now is just do it. )  Hong motherfucking Kong  照做我有我哋自己嘅路 照做我有我哋自己態度 照做!照做! (Whatever happens, I will still do it the same way, coz I got my own path. Whatever happens, I will still do it the same way, coz I am what I am. Do it! Do it!)

Kit (Leung Wing Kit), of 24 Herbs and LMF, Mido Cafe, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong, May 15, 2019.

Transcription and translation of handwriting:

我信有命數,我信天無絕人之路
我信我哋繼續做一定可以做到
漫長嘅道路踏著
沉重腳步
縱然現實殘酷惟有向著上天禱告
聽日發生乜嘢事無人會知道
淨係知道呢一刻我哋要企出嚟做
(I believe in fate, I believe there is always a way out
I believe if we persist, we will make it
Each step is heavy on this long road
Though reality is cruel, we can only pray
What happens next, no one can tell, but all we can do now is just do it. )

Hong motherfucking Kong

照做我有我哋自己嘅路
照做我有我哋自己態度
照做!照做!
(Whatever happens, I will still do it the same way, coz I got my own path.
Whatever happens, I will still do it the same way, coz I am what I am.
Do it! Do it!)

 Phat (Chan Wai Hung), of 24Herbs and LMF, Shuen Wan, Hong Kong, May 8, 2019.  Transcription and translation of handwriting:  有無人可以話俾我知道 仲住得人嘅香港究竟去咗邊度? 得個做! 索性把心一橫呃政府綜援仲着數 我都想有咁厚面皮唯有繼續R撈做幾多搵幾多儲幾多都無𨶙用 做幾多搵幾多儲幾多都無𨶙用你間屋真係堅堅係衰到無人租 就好似你個IG鋪極相都無人follow 講到點四正點好根本睇唔到 我只睇到shit hole同隻打唔開嘅window 一步就到 喂你咪阻住條路 一劏12嘅玩法去死啦你要趁早 為咗錢乜都做有磚頭先叫王道 理得你瞓喺shit hole佢照戴金撈成舊水去食個把撚茶記 最乏味係 要受嗰班仆街氣 當正我臭四 貼錢買難受 佢照舊 理𨳊你 啲物價指數貴撚到Fucking離曬地 仲猛咁叫你借貸買呀買呀根本係想你死 啲福利派呀派呀派曬俾 落嚟嗰百幾 我真係恭喜你呀!香港地 李嘉欣呢一句說話先至夠貼地做幾多搵幾多儲幾多都無𨶙用 做幾多搵幾多儲幾多都無𨶙用 (Can anyone tell me, where has the livable Hong Kong gone? Work means nothing. Might as well cheat and apply for government welfare. I wish I had that thick skin but I don’t. Therefore I still go beg for work. No matter how hard you work, how much you make and save, it fucking ends up in vain. Your house may be dope but unluckily no one rents it, just like your IG account, no matter how many photos you post, no one follows you. Can’t see the likes, all I can see is shit hole and an unopenable window. Hey don’t stand in my way. Dividing one apartment to 12, one step and that’s the size of it. You should go to hell as soon as possible. You do whatever for money. Property rules here. Who cares you sleep in the shit hole? They wear their gold Rolex as usual. Spend some $100 just for some fucking  cha chaan teng  food. The most annoying part is that you have to suck up shit from the jerks. They see me as dumbass. I am paying for the nuisance. They behave in the same way, ignoring you. Living expense is so expensive, fucking far off. We are told to take out loans to buy more and more. They just want us to die. Welfare is distributed, but only to the some 100 immigrants from the mainland. I really should congratulate you, Hong Kong! Lee Ka-yan [a Hong Kong actress] said this well. No matter how hard you work, how much you make and save, it fucking ends up in vain.)

Phat (Chan Wai Hung), of 24Herbs and LMF, Shuen Wan, Hong Kong, May 8, 2019.

Transcription and translation of handwriting:

有無人可以話俾我知道 仲住得人嘅香港究竟去咗邊度? 得個做! 索性把心一橫呃政府綜援仲着數 我都想有咁厚面皮唯有繼續R撈做幾多搵幾多儲幾多都無𨶙用 做幾多搵幾多儲幾多都無𨶙用你間屋真係堅堅係衰到無人租 就好似你個IG鋪極相都無人follow 講到點四正點好根本睇唔到 我只睇到shit hole同隻打唔開嘅window 一步就到 喂你咪阻住條路 一劏12嘅玩法去死啦你要趁早 為咗錢乜都做有磚頭先叫王道 理得你瞓喺shit hole佢照戴金撈成舊水去食個把撚茶記 最乏味係 要受嗰班仆街氣 當正我臭四 貼錢買難受 佢照舊 理𨳊你 啲物價指數貴撚到Fucking離曬地 仲猛咁叫你借貸買呀買呀根本係想你死 啲福利派呀派呀派曬俾 落嚟嗰百幾 我真係恭喜你呀!香港地 李嘉欣呢一句說話先至夠貼地做幾多搵幾多儲幾多都無𨶙用 做幾多搵幾多儲幾多都無𨶙用
(Can anyone tell me, where has the livable Hong Kong gone? Work means nothing. Might as well cheat and apply for government welfare. I wish I had that thick skin but I don’t. Therefore I still go beg for work. No matter how hard you work, how much you make and save, it fucking ends up in vain. Your house may be dope but unluckily no one rents it, just like your IG account, no matter how many photos you post, no one follows you. Can’t see the likes, all I can see is shit hole and an unopenable window. Hey don’t stand in my way. Dividing one apartment to 12, one step and that’s the size of it. You should go to hell as soon as possible. You do whatever for money. Property rules here. Who cares you sleep in the shit hole? They wear their gold Rolex as usual. Spend some $100 just for some fucking cha chaan teng food. The most annoying part is that you have to suck up shit from the jerks. They see me as dumbass. I am paying for the nuisance. They behave in the same way, ignoring you. Living expense is so expensive, fucking far off. We are told to take out loans to buy more and more. They just want us to die. Welfare is distributed, but only to the some 100 immigrants from the mainland. I really should congratulate you, Hong Kong! Lee Ka-yan [a Hong Kong actress] said this well. No matter how hard you work, how much you make and save, it fucking ends up in vain.)

 JBS (J Brian Siswojo), of 24Herbs and owner of 8FIVE2 skatepark and shop, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, May 9, 2019.  Transcription of handwriting:  From those unexposed - Who’ll never [be] imposed - Stay true to who they be - Even though people opposed - And neva pose - Always keep it real and positive - Never wonder why we even need the negative - And if we did - Try to rewind to the time to re-find - That other brotherhood clan of another loyal kind - Reset da mind, to all the ones who paved the way - step aside and show respect in every w

JBS (J Brian Siswojo), of 24Herbs and owner of 8FIVE2 skatepark and shop, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, May 9, 2019.

Transcription of handwriting:

From those unexposed - Who’ll never [be] imposed - Stay true to who they be - Even though people opposed - And neva pose - Always keep it real and positive - Never wonder why we even need the negative - And if we did - Try to rewind to the time to re-find - That other brotherhood clan of another loyal kind - Reset da mind, to all the ones who paved the way - step aside and show respect in every w

 Young Hysan (Nile Sun), rapper, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, June 17, 2019.  Transcription and translation of handwriting:  香港人最難做到嘅事係平行自己嘅心理 每人表面專心做自己嘅事 — 工作,讀書,交租,社交,照顧家庭 內裹卻充滿著對末來嘅絕望和無助 冇人覺得我哋嘅社會有出路 (For Hong Kong people, the hardest thing is to find peace of mind On the surface, everyone is focused on their daily life— Work, study, paying rent, socializing, taking care of their family. . . But inside, we are all filled with an overwhelming sense of hopelessness and helplessness No one sees a way out for our society)  有危有機 (There is danger and there is opportunity)

Young Hysan (Nile Sun), rapper, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, June 17, 2019.

Transcription and translation of handwriting:

香港人最難做到嘅事係平行自己嘅心理
每人表面專心做自己嘅事 —
工作,讀書,交租,社交,照顧家庭
內裹卻充滿著對末來嘅絕望和無助
冇人覺得我哋嘅社會有出路
(For Hong Kong people, the hardest thing is to find peace of mind
On the surface, everyone is focused on their daily life—
Work, study, paying rent, socializing, taking care of their family. . .
But inside, we are all filled with an overwhelming sense of hopelessness and helplessness
No one sees a way out for our society)

有危有機
(There is danger and there is opportunity)

 TTS (Tang Tung Shing, right) and LYH (Lau Yue Hin, left), rappers in TPS (Tai Ping Shan), Bank of China building, Central, Hong Kong, June 1, 2019.  Transcription and translation of handwriting:  警犬我DLLM #死廢柴 #雙面人收皮 (Fuck the police Loser Shut up, fake people)  反送中 (No China extradition)  何謂對錯 表面睇落璀璨嘅香港,實際情況又有幾多人會了解??? 冇咗低下層嘅鋪墊,「高尚」一詞仲係咪值得人去羡慕? 社會上一堆人被標籤為一無是處,佢哋係咪冇價值??? (What is right and wrong? Hong Kong seems glamorous from the outside, but how many people really understand the reality??? Without the lower-class, is the word “noble” still worth people’s envy? Many people are labelled as useless, but are they really that useless???)  WE ARE NOT THUG  FUCK YOU CARRIE LAM  NO CHINA EXTRADITION

TTS (Tang Tung Shing, right) and LYH (Lau Yue Hin, left), rappers in TPS (Tai Ping Shan), Bank of China building, Central, Hong Kong, June 1, 2019.

Transcription and translation of handwriting:

警犬我DLLM
#死廢柴
#雙面人收皮
(Fuck the police
Loser
Shut up, fake people)

反送中
(No China extradition)

何謂對錯
表面睇落璀璨嘅香港,實際情況又有幾多人會了解???
冇咗低下層嘅鋪墊,「高尚」一詞仲係咪值得人去羡慕?
社會上一堆人被標籤為一無是處,佢哋係咪冇價值???
(What is right and wrong?
Hong Kong seems glamorous from the outside, but how many people really understand the reality???
Without the lower-class, is the word “noble” still worth people’s envy?
Many people are labelled as useless, but are they really that useless???)

WE ARE NOT THUG

FUCK YOU CARRIE LAM

NO CHINA EXTRADITION

 Yau Wai-ching, former Legislative Council member, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, May 21, 2018. Written June 27, 2019.  Transcription and translation of handwriting:  我沒有自命灑脫 悲與喜無從識別 得與失重重疊疊 因此傷心亦覺不必 誰個又會並沒欠缺 曾心愛的為何分別 和不愛的年年月月 一生不可自決 (I don’t consider myself carefree I have no way to distinguish between sorrow and joy Gains and losses pile up, layer upon layer So there’s no need to also feel broken-hearted Who among us isn’t missing something Why did I part with the one I loved And spend years and months with those I don’t I can’t make my own choices in this life)

Yau Wai-ching, former Legislative Council member, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, May 21, 2018. Written June 27, 2019.

Transcription and translation of handwriting:

我沒有自命灑脫
悲與喜無從識別
得與失重重疊疊
因此傷心亦覺不必
誰個又會並沒欠缺
曾心愛的為何分別
和不愛的年年月月
一生不可自決
(I don’t consider myself carefree
I have no way to distinguish between sorrow and joy
Gains and losses pile up, layer upon layer
So there’s no need to also feel broken-hearted
Who among us isn’t missing something
Why did I part with the one I loved
And spend years and months with those I don’t
I can’t make my own choices in this life)

 J Bo (Jason Bo), artist, Ma Wan, Hong Kong, May 14, 2019.  Transcription of handwriting:  Keepin it a hundred grand shit is real timeless We be on the move pull up on them clean diamonds steady roamin money over bish cuz we coldin pablo escobar straight rollin. Got ma jesus chain on coolin on the spot yeh we own it. Got the models looking supa hot who we bonin.  I love hk but hate it at the same time. Hk people are stress but put a poker face at the same time. This city is a beauty Every time I see you I fall in love at the same time

J Bo (Jason Bo), artist, Ma Wan, Hong Kong, May 14, 2019.

Transcription of handwriting:

Keepin it a hundred grand shit is real timeless
We be on the move pull up on them clean diamonds
steady roamin money over bish cuz we coldin
pablo escobar straight rollin.
Got ma jesus chain on coolin on the spot yeh we own it.
Got the models looking supa hot who we bonin.

I love hk but hate it at the same time.
Hk people are stress but put a poker face at the same time. This city is a beauty
Every time I see you I fall in love at the same time

 Conroy Chan, of 24Herbs, behind the Tin Hau Temple Garden, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, May 9, 2019.  Transcription and translation of handwriting:  I came to HK to find my roots  我遇上了我太太 老子及神農氏 (I met my wife Laozi and  Shennong  [Divine Farmer, a mythological deity])

Conroy Chan, of 24Herbs, behind the Tin Hau Temple Garden, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, May 9, 2019.

Transcription and translation of handwriting:

I came to HK to find my roots

我遇上了我太太
老子及神農氏
(I met my wife
Laozi and Shennong [Divine Farmer, a mythological deity])

 Eddie Chung, music producer, Tin Hau Temple Garden, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, May 9, 2019.  Transcription of handwriting:  The mind is turbulent. Its hard to ignore the shitty mess we are all in. Not just Hong Kong but all over the world. There is so much tension, so much terrible injustices, so much greed and unfairness. Some people can ignore it but I can’t. Whether you want it or not, information and dis-information pours into the brain. Whether you want to or not, you have to process all of it and it tiring. When our world can change on a tweet, its hard to not feel pessimistic. Keeping positive is a real skill.

Eddie Chung, music producer, Tin Hau Temple Garden, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, May 9, 2019.

Transcription of handwriting:

The mind is turbulent. Its hard to ignore the shitty mess we are all in. Not just Hong Kong but all over the world. There is so much tension, so much terrible injustices, so much greed and unfairness. Some people can ignore it but I can’t. Whether you want it or not, information and dis-information pours into the brain. Whether you want to or not, you have to process all of it and it tiring. When our world can change on a tweet, its hard to not feel pessimistic. Keeping positive is a real skill.

 Josie Ho, actress and lead vocalist of Josie and the Uni Boys, Jardine’s Lookout, Hong Kong, June 28, 2019.  Transcription and translation of handwriting:  一百年前香港,是個英國值[殖]民地 ,這小島的街名很神秘,這些路名是舊時的功能名,為歷史保育,有意義,現以[已]被拆掉,疼惜的心,哀求關注朋友,多些守候 (100 years ago, Hong Kong was a British colony. The names of the streets on this small island are mysterious; these street names are from their previous functions. They are meaningful historic [relics], which now have been removed. Cherishing heart, begging for your attention, friend, more care)

Josie Ho, actress and lead vocalist of Josie and the Uni Boys, Jardine’s Lookout, Hong Kong, June 28, 2019.

Transcription and translation of handwriting:

一百年前香港,是個英國值[殖]民地 ,這小島的街名很神秘,這些路名是舊時的功能名,為歷史保育,有意義,現以[已]被拆掉,疼惜的心,哀求關注朋友,多些守候
(100 years ago, Hong Kong was a British colony. The names of the streets on this small island are mysterious; these street names are from their previous functions. They are meaningful historic [relics], which now have been removed. Cherishing heart, begging for your attention, friend, more care)

 Joshua Wong, activist and politician, Admiralty, Hong Kong, July 5, 2018. Written July 4, 2019.  Transcription and translation of handwriting:  曾經北京話俾一國兩制香港,如今已經變成一國一點五制,喺習近平管治下,我地有既自由越來越少,但我地唔會放棄,因為香港係我地既家,我地值得擁有民主、自由,無人再需要因為恐懼要離開呢度。 (Once, Beijing promised Hong Kong “One Country, Two Systems,” but it has become “One Country, 1.5 Systems” now. Under Xi Jinping’s rule our freedom has been eroding, but we will never give up because Hong Kong is our home. We deserve democracy and freedom. No one should have to flee their home out of fear.)

Joshua Wong, activist and politician, Admiralty, Hong Kong, July 5, 2018. Written July 4, 2019.

Transcription and translation of handwriting:

曾經北京話俾一國兩制香港,如今已經變成一國一點五制,喺習近平管治下,我地有既自由越來越少,但我地唔會放棄,因為香港係我地既家,我地值得擁有民主、自由,無人再需要因為恐懼要離開呢度。
(Once, Beijing promised Hong Kong “One Country, Two Systems,” but it has become “One Country, 1.5 Systems” now. Under Xi Jinping’s rule our freedom has been eroding, but we will never give up because Hong Kong is our home. We deserve democracy and freedom. No one should have to flee their home out of fear.)

 MC Yan/syan (Chan Kwong-yan), of LMF and graffiti artist, Fan Ling, Hong Kong, June 28, 2019.  Transcription and translation of handwriting:  香港地猶如一部時間機器...人類自由一九九七...跌撚返落1984... (Hong Kong is like a Time Machine Portal, human here fucking fall back from 1997 to 1984.)

MC Yan/syan (Chan Kwong-yan), of LMF and graffiti artist, Fan Ling, Hong Kong, June 28, 2019.

Transcription and translation of handwriting:

香港地猶如一部時間機器...人類自由一九九七...跌撚返落1984...
(Hong Kong is like a Time Machine Portal, human here fucking fall back from 1997 to 1984.)

 Chef (Fung Chun Yin), artist, Fuk Loi Estate, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, June 28, 2019.  Transcription and translation of handwriting:  相信我們智慧 不要忘記自身出處 世界屬於我們 𨳒虛偽 保持動力 為未來戰鬥 (Believe in our wisdom Don’t forget where we come from The world belongs to us Fuck hypocrisy Keep motivated Fight for the future)

Chef (Fung Chun Yin), artist, Fuk Loi Estate, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, June 28, 2019.

Transcription and translation of handwriting:

相信我們智慧
不要忘記自身出處
世界屬於我們
𨳒虛偽
保持動力
為未來戰鬥
(Believe in our wisdom
Don’t forget where we come from
The world belongs to us
Fuck hypocrisy
Keep motivated
Fight for the future)

 Tinny (Lo Ho Tin), b-boy in RDZ, Urban Council Centenary Garden, Hong Kong, April 16, 2019.  Transcription and translation of handwriting:  TINNY LOKALOK THY NIFTY POTATO MARDC 8TONE TESU JETTY CEZ FRODO  肺可能是黑色的 但心一定唔係 過程 (My lung might be black but my heart is definitely not. Process)  生於亂世 活在當下 最难搵嘅係 平安的心 (Born in chaos. Live at the moment. Peace of mind is the hardest to find.)  NO FOUNTAIN BOYS Reservoir Dawgz Represent  TIN LOK BILLY NIFTY POTATO MARSH TASUA JT CEZAR FREDDY
  LokALok (Lo Ka Lok), b-boy in RDZ, Urban Council Centenary Garden, Hong Kong, April 16, 2019.  Transcription and translation of handwriting:  支持 十二年 真 酒 醉 玩 傻 旅行 中97環 評判 六月一日 加拿大 韓国 日本 永遠 二00七 隊友 RDZ 做人最緊要開心 (Support , 12 years, real, alcohol, drunk, play, idiot, travel, 97, Central, judge, June 1, Canada, Korea, Japan, forever, 2007, crew mate, RDZ, being happy is the most important)  活在當下 (Live in the moment)
 JT (Kim Jin Tai), b-boy in RDZ, Urban Council Centenary Garden, Hong Kong, April 16, 2019.  Transcription of handwriting:  They’ve called me stubborn and they’ve called me crazy. I kept moving forward both when I was certain and when I was doubtful. I know deep down at all times I had to walk my way and so I did and I still am on the way. From eatin fancy almost every day to lookin to McDonald’s for shelter to sippin Macallan at VIP spots to sleepin in a bedroom I can’t sit upright. But I got the respect I wanted and I’m still movin forward for more. They all told me I couldn't. But I got what I came for.
 Billy (Tsang Hing Yip), b-boy, Urban Council Centenary Garden, Hong Kong, April 16, 2019.  Transcription and translation of handwriting:  音樂跳舞 影響了我 嘅一生 學會放松 減壓 (Music and dance have affected my whole life I found a way to decompress)  認識到一班 好兄弟 明白自己想法 人生不只返工瞓教 [覺] (I got to know a bunch of brothers I know what I want Life isn’t just work and sleep)  人生無悔 (Live without regrets)
 Ghost Style (Brandon Ho), of 24Herbs, Star Ferry Pier, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, May 5, 2019.  Transcription and translation of handwriting:  Less is More is Less . . . Live in Abundance All Stay Blessed.  Hong Kong, the 852 - URBAN SPRAWL FILLED with all types of humans. All levels of humans. One can feel the shift of ignorance AND “WOKE”. Living in ENVIRONMENTS AND SYSTEMS that are built to think for you. Information overload. Consume til cannibalization—and still keep eating. Existing in a profile, putting soul into A electronic device . . . not my choice. For whatever REASON W ARE “Here”. Make the best of this life. Evolve into a better human or higher. Understand the workings of “MIND” AND “HEART”. Universe is as is—“Flow”.  *EMPATHY*  Red Pill. Nobody, from Nowhere, knows Nothing. To fight for Truth is a lie. Your eyes, nose, ears, tongue AND body is limited. But, is needed to ride this journey. 100% it’s all you. “FREE” yourself from yourself. Design Environments with higher “vibes”—grow your reality like growing a “GARDEN”. Be with your day ones and support each other. No intentions—exist in harmony in inner and outer worlds. Jedi exist . . . Be a “Jedi”.  *RESPECT* *PATIENCE* *UNDERSTANDING* *happiness* *COMPASSION*  道可道,非常道; 名可名,非常名。 (The Tao can be talked about, but it is not an ordinary Tao; the name can be named, but it is not an ordinary name.)
 Kit (Leung Wing Kit), of 24 Herbs and LMF, Mido Cafe, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong, May 15, 2019.  Transcription and translation of handwriting:  我信有命數,我信天無絕人之路 我信我哋繼續做一定可以做到 漫長嘅道路踏著 沉重腳步 縱然現實殘酷惟有向著上天禱告 聽日發生乜嘢事無人會知道 淨係知道呢一刻我哋要企出嚟做 (I believe in fate, I believe there is always a way out I believe if we persist, we will make it Each step is heavy on this long road Though reality is cruel, we can only pray What happens next, no one can tell, but all we can do now is just do it. )  Hong motherfucking Kong  照做我有我哋自己嘅路 照做我有我哋自己態度 照做!照做! (Whatever happens, I will still do it the same way, coz I got my own path. Whatever happens, I will still do it the same way, coz I am what I am. Do it! Do it!)
 Phat (Chan Wai Hung), of 24Herbs and LMF, Shuen Wan, Hong Kong, May 8, 2019.  Transcription and translation of handwriting:  有無人可以話俾我知道 仲住得人嘅香港究竟去咗邊度? 得個做! 索性把心一橫呃政府綜援仲着數 我都想有咁厚面皮唯有繼續R撈做幾多搵幾多儲幾多都無𨶙用 做幾多搵幾多儲幾多都無𨶙用你間屋真係堅堅係衰到無人租 就好似你個IG鋪極相都無人follow 講到點四正點好根本睇唔到 我只睇到shit hole同隻打唔開嘅window 一步就到 喂你咪阻住條路 一劏12嘅玩法去死啦你要趁早 為咗錢乜都做有磚頭先叫王道 理得你瞓喺shit hole佢照戴金撈成舊水去食個把撚茶記 最乏味係 要受嗰班仆街氣 當正我臭四 貼錢買難受 佢照舊 理𨳊你 啲物價指數貴撚到Fucking離曬地 仲猛咁叫你借貸買呀買呀根本係想你死 啲福利派呀派呀派曬俾 落嚟嗰百幾 我真係恭喜你呀!香港地 李嘉欣呢一句說話先至夠貼地做幾多搵幾多儲幾多都無𨶙用 做幾多搵幾多儲幾多都無𨶙用 (Can anyone tell me, where has the livable Hong Kong gone? Work means nothing. Might as well cheat and apply for government welfare. I wish I had that thick skin but I don’t. Therefore I still go beg for work. No matter how hard you work, how much you make and save, it fucking ends up in vain. Your house may be dope but unluckily no one rents it, just like your IG account, no matter how many photos you post, no one follows you. Can’t see the likes, all I can see is shit hole and an unopenable window. Hey don’t stand in my way. Dividing one apartment to 12, one step and that’s the size of it. You should go to hell as soon as possible. You do whatever for money. Property rules here. Who cares you sleep in the shit hole? They wear their gold Rolex as usual. Spend some $100 just for some fucking  cha chaan teng  food. The most annoying part is that you have to suck up shit from the jerks. They see me as dumbass. I am paying for the nuisance. They behave in the same way, ignoring you. Living expense is so expensive, fucking far off. We are told to take out loans to buy more and more. They just want us to die. Welfare is distributed, but only to the some 100 immigrants from the mainland. I really should congratulate you, Hong Kong! Lee Ka-yan [a Hong Kong actress] said this well. No matter how hard you work, how much you make and save, it fucking ends up in vain.)
 JBS (J Brian Siswojo), of 24Herbs and owner of 8FIVE2 skatepark and shop, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, May 9, 2019.  Transcription of handwriting:  From those unexposed - Who’ll never [be] imposed - Stay true to who they be - Even though people opposed - And neva pose - Always keep it real and positive - Never wonder why we even need the negative - And if we did - Try to rewind to the time to re-find - That other brotherhood clan of another loyal kind - Reset da mind, to all the ones who paved the way - step aside and show respect in every w
 Young Hysan (Nile Sun), rapper, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, June 17, 2019.  Transcription and translation of handwriting:  香港人最難做到嘅事係平行自己嘅心理 每人表面專心做自己嘅事 — 工作,讀書,交租,社交,照顧家庭 內裹卻充滿著對末來嘅絕望和無助 冇人覺得我哋嘅社會有出路 (For Hong Kong people, the hardest thing is to find peace of mind On the surface, everyone is focused on their daily life— Work, study, paying rent, socializing, taking care of their family. . . But inside, we are all filled with an overwhelming sense of hopelessness and helplessness No one sees a way out for our society)  有危有機 (There is danger and there is opportunity)
 TTS (Tang Tung Shing, right) and LYH (Lau Yue Hin, left), rappers in TPS (Tai Ping Shan), Bank of China building, Central, Hong Kong, June 1, 2019.  Transcription and translation of handwriting:  警犬我DLLM #死廢柴 #雙面人收皮 (Fuck the police Loser Shut up, fake people)  反送中 (No China extradition)  何謂對錯 表面睇落璀璨嘅香港,實際情況又有幾多人會了解??? 冇咗低下層嘅鋪墊,「高尚」一詞仲係咪值得人去羡慕? 社會上一堆人被標籤為一無是處,佢哋係咪冇價值??? (What is right and wrong? Hong Kong seems glamorous from the outside, but how many people really understand the reality??? Without the lower-class, is the word “noble” still worth people’s envy? Many people are labelled as useless, but are they really that useless???)  WE ARE NOT THUG  FUCK YOU CARRIE LAM  NO CHINA EXTRADITION
 Yau Wai-ching, former Legislative Council member, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, May 21, 2018. Written June 27, 2019.  Transcription and translation of handwriting:  我沒有自命灑脫 悲與喜無從識別 得與失重重疊疊 因此傷心亦覺不必 誰個又會並沒欠缺 曾心愛的為何分別 和不愛的年年月月 一生不可自決 (I don’t consider myself carefree I have no way to distinguish between sorrow and joy Gains and losses pile up, layer upon layer So there’s no need to also feel broken-hearted Who among us isn’t missing something Why did I part with the one I loved And spend years and months with those I don’t I can’t make my own choices in this life)
 J Bo (Jason Bo), artist, Ma Wan, Hong Kong, May 14, 2019.  Transcription of handwriting:  Keepin it a hundred grand shit is real timeless We be on the move pull up on them clean diamonds steady roamin money over bish cuz we coldin pablo escobar straight rollin. Got ma jesus chain on coolin on the spot yeh we own it. Got the models looking supa hot who we bonin.  I love hk but hate it at the same time. Hk people are stress but put a poker face at the same time. This city is a beauty Every time I see you I fall in love at the same time
 Conroy Chan, of 24Herbs, behind the Tin Hau Temple Garden, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, May 9, 2019.  Transcription and translation of handwriting:  I came to HK to find my roots  我遇上了我太太 老子及神農氏 (I met my wife Laozi and  Shennong  [Divine Farmer, a mythological deity])
 Eddie Chung, music producer, Tin Hau Temple Garden, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, May 9, 2019.  Transcription of handwriting:  The mind is turbulent. Its hard to ignore the shitty mess we are all in. Not just Hong Kong but all over the world. There is so much tension, so much terrible injustices, so much greed and unfairness. Some people can ignore it but I can’t. Whether you want it or not, information and dis-information pours into the brain. Whether you want to or not, you have to process all of it and it tiring. When our world can change on a tweet, its hard to not feel pessimistic. Keeping positive is a real skill.
 Josie Ho, actress and lead vocalist of Josie and the Uni Boys, Jardine’s Lookout, Hong Kong, June 28, 2019.  Transcription and translation of handwriting:  一百年前香港,是個英國值[殖]民地 ,這小島的街名很神秘,這些路名是舊時的功能名,為歷史保育,有意義,現以[已]被拆掉,疼惜的心,哀求關注朋友,多些守候 (100 years ago, Hong Kong was a British colony. The names of the streets on this small island are mysterious; these street names are from their previous functions. They are meaningful historic [relics], which now have been removed. Cherishing heart, begging for your attention, friend, more care)
 Joshua Wong, activist and politician, Admiralty, Hong Kong, July 5, 2018. Written July 4, 2019.  Transcription and translation of handwriting:  曾經北京話俾一國兩制香港,如今已經變成一國一點五制,喺習近平管治下,我地有既自由越來越少,但我地唔會放棄,因為香港係我地既家,我地值得擁有民主、自由,無人再需要因為恐懼要離開呢度。 (Once, Beijing promised Hong Kong “One Country, Two Systems,” but it has become “One Country, 1.5 Systems” now. Under Xi Jinping’s rule our freedom has been eroding, but we will never give up because Hong Kong is our home. We deserve democracy and freedom. No one should have to flee their home out of fear.)
 MC Yan/syan (Chan Kwong-yan), of LMF and graffiti artist, Fan Ling, Hong Kong, June 28, 2019.  Transcription and translation of handwriting:  香港地猶如一部時間機器...人類自由一九九七...跌撚返落1984... (Hong Kong is like a Time Machine Portal, human here fucking fall back from 1997 to 1984.)
 Chef (Fung Chun Yin), artist, Fuk Loi Estate, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, June 28, 2019.  Transcription and translation of handwriting:  相信我們智慧 不要忘記自身出處 世界屬於我們 𨳒虛偽 保持動力 為未來戰鬥 (Believe in our wisdom Don’t forget where we come from The world belongs to us Fuck hypocrisy Keep motivated Fight for the future)

Tinny (Lo Ho Tin), b-boy in RDZ, Urban Council Centenary Garden, Hong Kong, April 16, 2019.

Transcription and translation of handwriting:

TINNY LOKALOK THY NIFTY POTATO MARDC 8TONE TESU JETTY CEZ FRODO

肺可能是黑色的
但心一定唔係
過程
(My lung might be black but my heart is definitely not.
Process)

生於亂世 活在當下
最难搵嘅係
平安的心
(Born in chaos. Live at the moment. Peace of mind is the hardest to find.)

NO FOUNTAIN BOYS
Reservoir Dawgz Represent

TIN LOK BILLY NIFTY POTATO MARSH TASUA JT CEZAR FREDDY


LokALok (Lo Ka Lok), b-boy in RDZ, Urban Council Centenary Garden, Hong Kong, April 16, 2019.

Transcription and translation of handwriting:

支持 十二年 真 酒 醉 玩 傻 旅行 中97環 評判 六月一日 加拿大 韓国 日本 永遠 二00七 隊友 RDZ 做人最緊要開心
(Support , 12 years, real, alcohol, drunk, play, idiot, travel, 97, Central, judge, June 1, Canada, Korea, Japan, forever, 2007, crew mate, RDZ, being happy is the most important)

活在當下
(Live in the moment)

JT (Kim Jin Tai), b-boy in RDZ, Urban Council Centenary Garden, Hong Kong, April 16, 2019.

Transcription of handwriting:

They’ve called me stubborn and they’ve called me crazy. I kept moving forward both when I was certain and when I was doubtful.
I know deep down at all times I had to walk my way and so I did and I still am on the way. From eatin fancy almost every day to lookin to McDonald’s for shelter to sippin Macallan at VIP spots to sleepin in a bedroom I can’t sit upright.
But I got the respect I wanted and I’m still movin forward for more. They all told me I couldn't. But I got what I came for.

Billy (Tsang Hing Yip), b-boy, Urban Council Centenary Garden, Hong Kong, April 16, 2019.

Transcription and translation of handwriting:

音樂跳舞
影響了我
嘅一生
學會放松
減壓
(Music and dance have affected my whole life
I found a way to decompress)

認識到一班
好兄弟
明白自己想法
人生不只返工瞓教 [覺]
(I got to know a bunch of brothers
I know what I want
Life isn’t just work and sleep)

人生無悔
(Live without regrets)

Ghost Style (Brandon Ho), of 24Herbs, Star Ferry Pier, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, May 5, 2019.

Transcription and translation of handwriting:

Less is More is Less . . . Live in Abundance All Stay Blessed.

Hong Kong, the 852 - URBAN SPRAWL FILLED with all types of humans. All levels of humans. One can feel the shift of ignorance AND “WOKE”. Living in ENVIRONMENTS AND SYSTEMS that are built to think for you. Information overload. Consume til cannibalization—and still keep eating. Existing in a profile, putting soul into A electronic device . . . not my choice. For whatever REASON W ARE “Here”. Make the best of this life. Evolve into a better human or higher. Understand the workings of “MIND” AND “HEART”. Universe is as is—“Flow”.

*EMPATHY*

Red Pill. Nobody, from Nowhere, knows Nothing. To fight for Truth is a lie. Your eyes, nose, ears, tongue AND body is limited. But, is needed to ride this journey. 100% it’s all you. “FREE” yourself from yourself. Design Environments with higher “vibes”—grow your reality like growing a “GARDEN”. Be with your day ones and support each other. No intentions—exist in harmony in inner and outer worlds. Jedi exist . . . Be a “Jedi”.

*RESPECT* *PATIENCE* *UNDERSTANDING* *happiness* *COMPASSION*

道可道,非常道; 名可名,非常名。
(The Tao can be talked about, but it is not an ordinary Tao; the name can be named, but it is not an ordinary name.)

Kit (Leung Wing Kit), of 24 Herbs and LMF, Mido Cafe, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong, May 15, 2019.

Transcription and translation of handwriting:

我信有命數,我信天無絕人之路
我信我哋繼續做一定可以做到
漫長嘅道路踏著
沉重腳步
縱然現實殘酷惟有向著上天禱告
聽日發生乜嘢事無人會知道
淨係知道呢一刻我哋要企出嚟做
(I believe in fate, I believe there is always a way out
I believe if we persist, we will make it
Each step is heavy on this long road
Though reality is cruel, we can only pray
What happens next, no one can tell, but all we can do now is just do it. )

Hong motherfucking Kong

照做我有我哋自己嘅路
照做我有我哋自己態度
照做!照做!
(Whatever happens, I will still do it the same way, coz I got my own path.
Whatever happens, I will still do it the same way, coz I am what I am.
Do it! Do it!)

Phat (Chan Wai Hung), of 24Herbs and LMF, Shuen Wan, Hong Kong, May 8, 2019.

Transcription and translation of handwriting:

有無人可以話俾我知道 仲住得人嘅香港究竟去咗邊度? 得個做! 索性把心一橫呃政府綜援仲着數 我都想有咁厚面皮唯有繼續R撈做幾多搵幾多儲幾多都無𨶙用 做幾多搵幾多儲幾多都無𨶙用你間屋真係堅堅係衰到無人租 就好似你個IG鋪極相都無人follow 講到點四正點好根本睇唔到 我只睇到shit hole同隻打唔開嘅window 一步就到 喂你咪阻住條路 一劏12嘅玩法去死啦你要趁早 為咗錢乜都做有磚頭先叫王道 理得你瞓喺shit hole佢照戴金撈成舊水去食個把撚茶記 最乏味係 要受嗰班仆街氣 當正我臭四 貼錢買難受 佢照舊 理𨳊你 啲物價指數貴撚到Fucking離曬地 仲猛咁叫你借貸買呀買呀根本係想你死 啲福利派呀派呀派曬俾 落嚟嗰百幾 我真係恭喜你呀!香港地 李嘉欣呢一句說話先至夠貼地做幾多搵幾多儲幾多都無𨶙用 做幾多搵幾多儲幾多都無𨶙用
(Can anyone tell me, where has the livable Hong Kong gone? Work means nothing. Might as well cheat and apply for government welfare. I wish I had that thick skin but I don’t. Therefore I still go beg for work. No matter how hard you work, how much you make and save, it fucking ends up in vain. Your house may be dope but unluckily no one rents it, just like your IG account, no matter how many photos you post, no one follows you. Can’t see the likes, all I can see is shit hole and an unopenable window. Hey don’t stand in my way. Dividing one apartment to 12, one step and that’s the size of it. You should go to hell as soon as possible. You do whatever for money. Property rules here. Who cares you sleep in the shit hole? They wear their gold Rolex as usual. Spend some $100 just for some fucking cha chaan teng food. The most annoying part is that you have to suck up shit from the jerks. They see me as dumbass. I am paying for the nuisance. They behave in the same way, ignoring you. Living expense is so expensive, fucking far off. We are told to take out loans to buy more and more. They just want us to die. Welfare is distributed, but only to the some 100 immigrants from the mainland. I really should congratulate you, Hong Kong! Lee Ka-yan [a Hong Kong actress] said this well. No matter how hard you work, how much you make and save, it fucking ends up in vain.)

JBS (J Brian Siswojo), of 24Herbs and owner of 8FIVE2 skatepark and shop, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, May 9, 2019.

Transcription of handwriting:

From those unexposed - Who’ll never [be] imposed - Stay true to who they be - Even though people opposed - And neva pose - Always keep it real and positive - Never wonder why we even need the negative - And if we did - Try to rewind to the time to re-find - That other brotherhood clan of another loyal kind - Reset da mind, to all the ones who paved the way - step aside and show respect in every w

Young Hysan (Nile Sun), rapper, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, June 17, 2019.

Transcription and translation of handwriting:

香港人最難做到嘅事係平行自己嘅心理
每人表面專心做自己嘅事 —
工作,讀書,交租,社交,照顧家庭
內裹卻充滿著對末來嘅絕望和無助
冇人覺得我哋嘅社會有出路
(For Hong Kong people, the hardest thing is to find peace of mind
On the surface, everyone is focused on their daily life—
Work, study, paying rent, socializing, taking care of their family. . .
But inside, we are all filled with an overwhelming sense of hopelessness and helplessness
No one sees a way out for our society)

有危有機
(There is danger and there is opportunity)

TTS (Tang Tung Shing, right) and LYH (Lau Yue Hin, left), rappers in TPS (Tai Ping Shan), Bank of China building, Central, Hong Kong, June 1, 2019.

Transcription and translation of handwriting:

警犬我DLLM
#死廢柴
#雙面人收皮
(Fuck the police
Loser
Shut up, fake people)

反送中
(No China extradition)

何謂對錯
表面睇落璀璨嘅香港,實際情況又有幾多人會了解???
冇咗低下層嘅鋪墊,「高尚」一詞仲係咪值得人去羡慕?
社會上一堆人被標籤為一無是處,佢哋係咪冇價值???
(What is right and wrong?
Hong Kong seems glamorous from the outside, but how many people really understand the reality???
Without the lower-class, is the word “noble” still worth people’s envy?
Many people are labelled as useless, but are they really that useless???)

WE ARE NOT THUG

FUCK YOU CARRIE LAM

NO CHINA EXTRADITION

Yau Wai-ching, former Legislative Council member, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, May 21, 2018. Written June 27, 2019.

Transcription and translation of handwriting:

我沒有自命灑脫
悲與喜無從識別
得與失重重疊疊
因此傷心亦覺不必
誰個又會並沒欠缺
曾心愛的為何分別
和不愛的年年月月
一生不可自決
(I don’t consider myself carefree
I have no way to distinguish between sorrow and joy
Gains and losses pile up, layer upon layer
So there’s no need to also feel broken-hearted
Who among us isn’t missing something
Why did I part with the one I loved
And spend years and months with those I don’t
I can’t make my own choices in this life)

J Bo (Jason Bo), artist, Ma Wan, Hong Kong, May 14, 2019.

Transcription of handwriting:

Keepin it a hundred grand shit is real timeless
We be on the move pull up on them clean diamonds
steady roamin money over bish cuz we coldin
pablo escobar straight rollin.
Got ma jesus chain on coolin on the spot yeh we own it.
Got the models looking supa hot who we bonin.

I love hk but hate it at the same time.
Hk people are stress but put a poker face at the same time. This city is a beauty
Every time I see you I fall in love at the same time

Conroy Chan, of 24Herbs, behind the Tin Hau Temple Garden, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, May 9, 2019.

Transcription and translation of handwriting:

I came to HK to find my roots

我遇上了我太太
老子及神農氏
(I met my wife
Laozi and Shennong [Divine Farmer, a mythological deity])

Eddie Chung, music producer, Tin Hau Temple Garden, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, May 9, 2019.

Transcription of handwriting:

The mind is turbulent. Its hard to ignore the shitty mess we are all in. Not just Hong Kong but all over the world. There is so much tension, so much terrible injustices, so much greed and unfairness. Some people can ignore it but I can’t. Whether you want it or not, information and dis-information pours into the brain. Whether you want to or not, you have to process all of it and it tiring. When our world can change on a tweet, its hard to not feel pessimistic. Keeping positive is a real skill.

Josie Ho, actress and lead vocalist of Josie and the Uni Boys, Jardine’s Lookout, Hong Kong, June 28, 2019.

Transcription and translation of handwriting:

一百年前香港,是個英國值[殖]民地 ,這小島的街名很神秘,這些路名是舊時的功能名,為歷史保育,有意義,現以[已]被拆掉,疼惜的心,哀求關注朋友,多些守候
(100 years ago, Hong Kong was a British colony. The names of the streets on this small island are mysterious; these street names are from their previous functions. They are meaningful historic [relics], which now have been removed. Cherishing heart, begging for your attention, friend, more care)

Joshua Wong, activist and politician, Admiralty, Hong Kong, July 5, 2018. Written July 4, 2019.

Transcription and translation of handwriting:

曾經北京話俾一國兩制香港,如今已經變成一國一點五制,喺習近平管治下,我地有既自由越來越少,但我地唔會放棄,因為香港係我地既家,我地值得擁有民主、自由,無人再需要因為恐懼要離開呢度。
(Once, Beijing promised Hong Kong “One Country, Two Systems,” but it has become “One Country, 1.5 Systems” now. Under Xi Jinping’s rule our freedom has been eroding, but we will never give up because Hong Kong is our home. We deserve democracy and freedom. No one should have to flee their home out of fear.)

MC Yan/syan (Chan Kwong-yan), of LMF and graffiti artist, Fan Ling, Hong Kong, June 28, 2019.

Transcription and translation of handwriting:

香港地猶如一部時間機器...人類自由一九九七...跌撚返落1984...
(Hong Kong is like a Time Machine Portal, human here fucking fall back from 1997 to 1984.)

Chef (Fung Chun Yin), artist, Fuk Loi Estate, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, June 28, 2019.

Transcription and translation of handwriting:

相信我們智慧
不要忘記自身出處
世界屬於我們
𨳒虛偽
保持動力
為未來戰鬥
(Believe in our wisdom
Don’t forget where we come from
The world belongs to us
Fuck hypocrisy
Keep motivated
Fight for the future)

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