Psycho-Killer Whale

posted on May 2, 2012

Hide your otters, hide your sea lions, these Killer Whales are snatchin’ everybody up in here!

Louie Gong (Nooksack) is an educator, activist, and artist who was raised by his grandparents in the Nooksack tribal community. He is the past President of MAVIN, co-developer of the Mixed Heritage Center, and a former child and family therapist. Louie is also the founder of Eighth Generation, through which he merges traditional Coast Salish art and icons from popular culture to make strong statements about identity, such as his highly sought-after, hand-drawn custom shoes. By choosing the name “Eighth Generation”, Louie intends that respect for the previous seven generations and a spirit of giving back is embedded in his work.  Louie’s latest creation is called “Mockups”, a DIY design toy based on his work with youth and his desire to a make the experience of personalizing a pair of shoes more accessible.