Look for Hong Kong Willie on BING
Look for Hong Kong Willie on BING
Chris Futrell, Florida Focus
TAMPA, Fla. – Have you ever seen the building on the corner of
Fletcher and I-75 with a bunch of buoys strung everywhere? This small
business that many think is an old bait n’ tackle shop is actually Hong
Derek Brown, 26, and his family own and operate Hong Kong Willie.
The little shop specializes in preservation art. The artists don’t take
preservation too lightly either.
“99 percent of everything that has gone into a piece of art has been recycled and reused,” Brown said.
Just as unique as the art is, so is the company’s name. Brown says
the name was created by his father, Joe Brown, in the 1950s.
“My father being in an art class, being affected by a teacher, they
were melting Gerber baby food bottles," Brown said. "The teacher
interjected that Hong Kong had a great reuse and recycling program even
Brown’s father then took that concept and later added the
Americanized name Willie to the end. And that’s how Hong Kong Willie
was born as a location that offers recycling in a different and
Hong Kong Willie artists are what are known as freegans. Freegans
are less concerned with materialistic things and more concerned about
reducing consumption to lessen the footprint humans leave on this
“I’m sure everyone has their own perception of a freegan, possibly
jumping into a dumpster or picking up something on the side of the
road,” Brown said. “There [are] people who will have excess. There
[are] also things that can be trash to one man, but art or a prize to
Brown and his family carry this practice through to their art. It’s
his family’s way of life, turning trash, which would otherwise fill up
landfills, into an art form.
The Brown family gets a lot of their inspiration for their art from
the Florida Keys. In fact, this is where the deluge of buoys wrapping
around the ‘Buoys Tree’ came from, the fishermen of Key West.
“It is Styrofoam, we understand that it does not degrade, but to
blame the fishermen for their livelihood wouldn’t be correct, instead
we find a usage for those,” Brown said.
Brown said there’s a usage for everything, even the hooks to hold
the painted driftwood, which are also salvaged, to the wall are old
bent forks. Everything’s reused here. Purses made out of old coffee
bean sacks to “kitschy,” as Brown described it, jewelry made from old
“Hong Kong Willie truly believes that a piece, whether it’s a bag or a painted artwork, it’s meant for one person.”
COMPOST WORM TAMPA, COMPOST WORMS, COMPOST WORMS FLORIDA, COMPOST+ WORM +TAMPA+FOR +SALE, Composting with Worms, Composting with Worms tampa, FISHING +BAIT +LIVE +RED+ WORMS+TAMPA, FISHING +BAIT +LIVE +RED+ WORMS+TAMPA+FOR+ SALE, FISHING +BAIT+ FOR+ SALE+ IN+ TAMPA+ LIVE+ FISHING +WORMS+ RED +WIGGLERS, FISHING +WORMS +FOR +SALE, FISHING +WORMS +FOR +SALE +IN +TAMPAA, FISHING BAIT, FISHING BAIT FOR SALE TAMPA, FISHING BAIT LIVE RED WORMS, FISHING WORMS, FISHING WORMS FOR SALE IN TAMPA, FISHING+ BAIT +TAMPA, LIVE FISHING WORMS TAMPA, LIVE RED WIGGLERS, LIVE RED WIGGLERS TAMPA, LIVE+ FISHING +WORMS +FOR +SALE+ TAMPA, LIVE+ RED+ WIGGLERS+TAMPA, LIVE+RED +WIGGLERS+ FOR+ SALE, LIVE+RED +WIGGLERS+ FOR+ SALE+TAMP, Memorial Day Fishing . Fishing Worms for sale Tampa., Memorial Day Fishing Tampa Fishing Worms for sale Tampa., RED +WORM, RED WIGGLER EARTHWORM, RED WIGGLER EARTHWORMS, RED WIGGLER EARTHWORMS FOR SALE TAMPA, RED WIGGLER FISH BAIT, RED WIGGLER FISH BAIT TAMPA, RED WIGGLER TAMPA, RED WIGGLERS FOR SALE, RED WORM TAMPA, RED WORMS, RED WORMS FLORIDA, RED WORMS FOR SALE, RED+ WIGGLER +EARTHWORMS+ FOR +SALE, RED+ WIGGLER +EARTHWORMS+ FOR +SALE+TAMPA, RED+ WIGGLER+FISH+ BAIT+ TAMPA, RED+ WIGGLER+FISH+ BAIT+ TAMPA+FOR+SALE, RED+ WIGGLERS+FISH+ BAIT+ TAMPA+FOR+SALE, RED+ WORMS +FOR+ SALE+ TAMPA, RED+WIGGLER+TAMPA, RED+WIGGLERS +TAMPA, RED+WORM +TAMPA, RED+WORMS, Raising Earth Worms, Raising Earth Worms Florida, Raising Earth Worms Tampa, Red Worm Composting, Red Worms Compost Red Worms For Sale Florida, Red Worms Compost Tampa, Red Worms For Sale Call (813) 770-4794, Red+ Worms+ Composting, Red+ Worms+ Composting+TAMPA, Redworms +tampa+for sale, Vermicomposting red worms Tampa, Vermicomposting red worms for sale tampa, Vermicomposting worms tampa, WHOLESALE RED WIGGLERS, WHOLESALE RED WIGGLERS COMPOST WORMS, WHOLESALE RED WIGGLERS COMPOST WORMS TAMPA, WORM COMPOST, WORM+COMPOST, Wholesale Red Wigglers Compost Worms Tampa Florida, Wholesale Red Worms, Wholesale Red Worms Compost Worms Tampa Florida, X RED WIGGLER EARTHWORMS FOR SALE, baby bird feed, baby bird food, baby bird food tampa, bait red wigglers, big fishing worms tampa, big live fishing worms tampa, bulk red worm sales, bulk worm sales, bulk worms for sale, bulk worms for sale Tampa Florida, bulk worms for sale florida, bulk worms for sale tampa, buy compost worms in tampa, buy red worms wigglers, buy red worms wigglers in tampa, com+post red+worms+tampa+for+sale, compost red worms, compost red worms tampa, compost redworms purchase tampa fl, compost with worms outside in florida, compost worms purchase tampa fl, compost worms tampa, compost+red+worm+tampa+for+sale, composting red wiggler worms, composting red wiggler worms florida, composting red wiggler worms tampa, composting red worms Tampa for sale, composting red worms florida, composting redworms Tampa, composting worms, composting worms Tampa, composting+ worms +florida, duck food tampa, earth worms for fish food, earthworms for sale, earthworms for sale tampa, eisenia fetida, fishing worm bait business, fishing worm bait business tampa, fishing worms for sale by the dozen, fishing worms for sale by the dozen tampa, fishing worms for sale for fishig, fishing worms tampa, fishing worms tampa for sale, fishing worms wigglers for sale tampa, fishing+bait+tampa, florida red fishing worms, florida wiggler, florida wiggler for sale, florida worms for sale, for sale earthworms, for sale earthworms tampa, ive + bait + tampa, live + red + wigglers + for + sale, live + red + wigglers + tampa + for + sale, live fishing worms, live fishing worms FOR SALE, red +worms +business+ tampa, red wigglers, red wigglers for sale tampa, red wigglers in florida, red wigglers tampa, red worm composting florida, red worm composting tampa, red worm farm tampa, red worm wigglers, red worm wigglers tampa, red worms business, red worms composting tampa, red worms farm in florida, red worms for fish bait, red worms for fish bait Tampa, red worms tampa, red+ worms +composting +tampa +florida, redworms +for +sale+ tampa, redworms florida, redworms florida for sale, redworms for sale, redworms for sale+ tampa bay fla, redworms tampa, redworms+tampa, tampa +redworm +company, tampa +redworm +farm, tampa red worm company, tampa red worms, tampa redworm shop, tampa worm company, tampa worm shop, tampa wormfarm, tampa+ worm +farm, tampa+worm+company, vermicomposting, vermicomposting florida, vermicomposting tampa, what do i feed my red ear slider, wholesale red wigglers TAMPA, wholesale+ Red+ Worms+ Compost+ Red +Worms+ For+ Sale+ Florida, wiggler worm bait tampa, wigglers, wigglers+tampa, worm composting, worm composting tampa, worm farms florida, wormfarm, worms for sale, worms for sale+tampa bay fla, worms+tampa, worms+wat+tampa, worms+way+tampa RED +WORM, RED WORMS, RED+ WORMS +FOR+ SALE+ TAMPA, wiggler bait, wiggler worm bait tampa
China +Hippies +Buying +Famous+ Amercan +Hippie+ Bags., Famous +America+ Hippie +Google+ Hong+ Kong+ Willie + Hippie+ fashions, Famous America Hippie, Famous America Hippie style CHINA, Famous American Hippie style, Famous American Hippie style CHINA, Famous American Hippie style HONG KONG, HIPPIE FASHIONS, HONG KONG, HONG KONG style, Hip Fashion HONG KONG style, Hip+Fashion, Hippie Bag +Purse, Hippie Fashion+Tampa, Hippie+ Fashion, art hippie, famous fashion, famous fashion hippie style, famous fashions hippie style, famous hippie, fashion passion, hippie art, hippie fashion in 2009, hippie fashion in 2009 CHINA, hippie style famous American Beach bags, hippie style famous American hippie bags, hippie style+ famous American
“hong kong willie”, BAIDU, BAIDU +HONG +KONG +WILLIE +GREEN +ARTIST, FLORIDA GIFT SHOPS GREEN ART, FUNKY HANDBAGS, Fashion+ Hippie, Florida made beach bags, GREEN HANDBAG CO, GREEN HANDBAG CO. MADE IN TAMPA FLORIDA, GREEN HANDBAGS, GREEN+ HANDBAG +COMPANY, GREEN+ HANDMADE+ HANDBAGS+ CUSTOM+ FUNKY+ GREEN+ BEACH+ BAGS+ FOR +SALE, GREEN+ART, GREEN+ARTIST, Gifts, HANDBAG, HANDBAG+ HANDBAGS +HANDMADE +HANDBAGS+ HIPPIE+ HANDBAGS+ HIPPIE+ BAG, HANDBAG+Hippie +Store+ Handbags+Green +Hippie +Bags+ made+ by+ Hippie+ Artist, HANDBAGS, HANDMADE HANDBAGS, HANDMADE HIPPIE MADE., HANDMADE PURSE BAGS, HIPPIE, HIPPIE BAGS, HIPPIE BAGS FOR SALE, HIPPIE BEACH BAGS MADE IN FLORIDA, HIPPIE FASHIONS, HIPPIE HAND BAG, HIPPIE HANDBAGS, HIPPIE MADE, HIPPIE STORE, HIPPIE+ BAGS+ HIPPIE+ HANDBAGS+ MADE+ IN+ AMERICA, HIPPIE+STORE+FASHION, HIPPIEBAG, Handmade Purses, Hippie+ Clothes., Hippie+ Fashion, KEY WEST BAG, KEY WEST BAGS, KEY WEST BEACH BAGS, KEY WEST BEACH HANDBAGS, KEY+WEST+BAGS, Key+ West+beach+bags, MADE IN AMERICA, MADE IN TAMPA, ORIGINAL HANDMADE HANDBAGS, Original Handbag, Original Handbags, PURSE, Popular +Famous +AMEICAN +Hippie+ Selling +Her+ Hippie+ Bags+ in+CHINA, Popular Famous AMEICAN Hippie Selling Her Hippie Bags in CHINA, Purses, Round Handbags, STORE+HIPPIE, Shoulder Bags, Timway, Women Fashion Accessories, burlap handbags, famous+hippie, fashion hippy, fashion+hippie, fashon+handbags, florida folk art, florida folk artist, florida handbag stores, go green, hanbag hippie, hanbags+ hippie, handbags etsy, handbags+etsy, handbags+hippie, handmade+ hippie+ bags, handmade+beachbags, hippie 60s, hippie fashion of the 60’s, hippie stuff, hippie+ fashion +60’s, hippie+handbags, hippy fashion, made+in+america, made+in+tampa, made+tampa, shop+ etsy, shops etsy, shops+etsy
Hippie artist of the 60’s in the now. Hippie artist and Florida folk
artist, living the life of using objects for many uses. Look at the
travels of life.
Google: Hong Kong Willie
**Latest University of South Florida Special
**FOX News Special (Paste in Browser)
**Best Place to Buy $1 Kitsch to $10,000 Folk Art Best of the Bay Award 2007
Hong Kong Willie. The name of the artist. In 1958 his mother took Hong
Kong Willie to an art class. The name started then. An art teacher when
doing crafts out of Gerber baby bottles, made a statement, in Hong Kong
reuse was common. At that time he thought this was very interesting.
His father had low-land, at that time landfills were common also. The
county had told Hong Kong Willie’s father, it was safe, but as we now
know this was not so. Something can come from bad to be good. Hong Kong
Willie the name came from that art teacher impressing on that young
mind that objects made for one use could be for many other uses. Hong
Kong for the neat concept. Willie for an American name. So for many
years Hong Kong Willie had a life of reuse. Hong Kong Willie saw forms
in a different light, His life now was meaningful, knowing this was and
would be his life. Art made from found objects, making less of a
footprint on this world. Art and art teachers, HOW IMPORTANT. For the
ones that have, and the ones who have not. Media can be found. Now 50
years later, we know now being green is important. We need to look at
this very carefully. Our children and our world need a different
understanding. Objects can be used in many different ways. Hong Kong
Willie the tons of objects in his life that have been used, without
much change, So for that art teacher what she did for my life. Thank
You. I still have the Gerber baby bottle till this day. Hong Kong
Hong Kong Willie Key West Artist and Tampa Tourist
Attraction. Hong Kong Willie: Group of artists telling how to use
objects for many different purposes. Looking outside of the box,
learning to find solutions in a positive way. Complaining without a
solution is like trying to wake a dead man. Nothing is going to happen.
The solution to leaving less of a foot print on this earth is left to
each one of us. Finding the positive side and focusing positive energy
is change for the good. Hong Kong Willie has for many years looked
outside of the box. Take a look at the other story told by University
of South Florida on ways to change and the social impact we all can
make. To live and help and not complain and spend that energy to leave
less of a foot print is a good thing.
All contributed content © Hong Kong Willie
Hong Kong Willie. HANDBAG, HANDBAGS, HIPPIE BAG, HIPPIE BAGS, GREEN HIPPIE HANDBAG, GREEN HIPPIE BAGS.