Multi-Talented Pakistani Street Artist ‘Sanki King’ Excels Nationally & Achieves International Recognition as Well!

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Whose real name is Abdullah Ahmed Khan is a highly creative and versatile young man who lives and works in Karachi. He can be considered the pioneer of establishing break dancing, calligraffiti, graffiti, parkour (an activity of getting from one point to the other using only your body most effectively), sneakers & sticker art in Pakistan. He has also has done rapping, beat boxing (the skill of using your mouth to produce musical sounds) and DJing.

He began his journey a decade ago and has indeed come a long way. He is a member of a graffiti group ‘Beyond Mankind Krew (BMK)’ based in the USA. In 2010 he formed his own break dancing group ‘Unknown Crew (UC)’, and has performed with them many times on television shows as well as in music videos.

He also has his own company which is the first of its kind in Pakistan; as it offers made-to-order, art-inspired clothes, shoes and accessories, Graffiti Art & Murals as well as organizes workshops on Graffiti and Break dancing.

Sanki King Collaborates with Designer Arsalan Iqbal

In March, in collaboration with Arsalan Iqbal his unique designer collection of denim apparel as well as bags and footwear called ‘Desirably Distressed’ inspired by Graffiti was launched and was on the cover of ‘Paparazzi’ magazine as well. In April, again in collaboration with Arsalan Iqbal, and his footwear and jewellery called ‘Devolution Chic’ were displayed at the PFDC Fashion Week 2015.

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His work has been included in the book “Street Messages” by Nicholas Granz (who is a renowned German artist, photographer and author, associated with street art for nearly 25 years) which was published this April. It is the first attempt to present 80 artists from all over the world who create art in the streets; working mostly with texts, as well as to delve into the history and importance of this art form.

If you would like to learn more about Sanki’s accomplishments, visit www.sankiking.com

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