I like putting things together that you wouldn’t normally connect. Once I Googled on “Pablo Neruda” and “Allen Iverson.” Who else might connect the late Chilean poet and the hip-hop NBA star? I got some weird links, but clicked on one which turned out to be a blog partly in English and mostly in another language. Which I couldn’t even identify. The only thing that came to my mind was: Tagalog? I wasn’t even sure what that was.
Turned out to be right! Tagalog is a primary language of the Phillipines, and I verified from towns mentioned in a blog post about shopping that the blogger was a twenty-something woman in the Phillipines who shared my fondness for both these guys with poetic crossover moves and a tendency to stir controversy.
A British artist living in New York, Nick Relph likes to come up with surprising combinations.