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Recycling as a Lifestyle and a Business


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
Kong Willie.

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
creative way.

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
another man.”

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.”………

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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.

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About Hong Kong Willie

Artist Born for this time, Lived on a landfill as a child. Reuse Became the way of life. To read the story from the inception of the Name Hong Kong Willie. Famed, by the humble statements from the Key West Citizen, viable art from reuse has found its time. To Live a life in the art world and be so blessed to make a social impact. Artists are to give back, talent is to tell a story, to make change. Reuse is a life experience. Hong Kong Willie Art Gallery In Tampa, a reuse Art Gallery. Artist Kim,Derek,and Joseph. reuse artist that have lived the life and are meant for the green movement in the world. A gallery that was born for this time. Artist living a freegan life,art that makes a social statement of reuse. Media that has a profound effect in making the word green truly a movement of reuse in the world today and the future.
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