Overunder: Key In Search Of A Home

Heading out to Nevada today to check out a mural on the plains that honors a cattle rancher and a freight-jumping graff legend cowboy as well. You may not think they have much in common but have you ever considered a cattle brand is essentially the same as a graffiti tag? Or corporate logo?

The connection Overunder draws here is the key. Literally.

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Overunder and Derek Yost. Work in progress. Nevada. Fall 2014. (photo © Overunder)

“This mural is called ‘Key in Search of a Home’,” he says, “and it is a tribute to John Key, an Elko, Nevada cattle rancher.” Commissioned as a memorial to Mr. Key’s passion, you can see the family ranch house in the horse shoe and the great sky in the masked silhouettes. Over the door to the house you can see the family brand; the shape of an old key.brooklyn-street-art-overunder-derek-yost-nevada-11-14-web-2

Overunder and Derek Yost. Work in progress. Nevada. Fall 2014. (photo © Overunder)

A decade ago Overunder and Derek Yost road bikes from Reno to Gurden, Arkansas and met Colossus (aka buZ blurr), who began putting his mark on the sides of freights in 1971. “buZ took us out to his ranch where he had two beat up Ford’s that he had been filling with keys mailed to him from every part of the globe,” says Overunder about the key association in his mind. “Since our visit I have mailed him countless keys and always think of him when I come across a key in search of a home.” So it only seemed natural to put buZ’s brand on this long cowboy themed mural, and the integration is a compliment to both.

The two painting friends re-banded to create this mural, so that may also be the key to the connection. “Derek now lives in Portland but it seemed only appropriate to involve him in this mural. Along with his awesome overall assistance he painted the cowboy silhouette composed of a golden eagle.”

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Overunder and Derek Yost. Work in progress. Nevada. Fall 2014. (photo © Overunder)

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Overunder and Derek Yost. Nevada. Fall 2014. (photo © Overunder)

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Overunder and Derek Yost. Detail. Nevada. Fall 2014. (photo © Overunder)

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Overunder and Derek Yost. Detail. Nevada. Fall 2014. (photo © Overunder)

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Overunder and Derek Yost. Detail. Nevada. Fall 2014. (photo © Overunder)

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Overunder and Derek Yost. Detail. Nevada. Fall 2014. (photo © Overunder)

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Overunder and Derek Yost. Detail. Nevada. Fall 2014. (photo © Overunder)

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Overunder and Derek Yost and an electrified tribute to the prolific train writer buZ blurr. Detail. Nevada. Fall 2014. (photo © Overunder)

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Overunder and Derek Yost. Detail. Nevada. Fall 2014. (photo © Overunder)

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Overunder and Derek Yost. Detail. Nevada. Fall 2014. (photo © Overunder)

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Overunder and Derek Yost. Detail. Nevada. Fall 2014. (photo © Overunder)

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Overunder and Derek Yost. Nevada. Fall 2014. (photo © Overunder)

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