Tiger Beer is sponsoring Air‐Ink, an innovative range of pens, markers and spray cans made from recycled air pollution. Graviky Labs, Bangalore, an off-shoot of MIT Media Lab, Boston, spent three years designing unique devices to capture soot from vehicles’ exhausts. These were fitted to trucks, ferries, chimneys and even cranes around Hong Kong and India. The captured pollutants were then purified and turned into safe, reliable ink for everyday use. Overall, 150 litres of Air‐Ink has been produced, approximating to 2500 hours worth of typical diesel car emissions. With Tiger Beer’s support, Air-Ink products were given to nine emerging Asian street artists, including Bao Ho, Caratoes, Cath Love, Xeme and Kristopher H, who used them to create spectacular murals and advertising in the Sheung Wan district of Hong Kong. Currently, Air-Ink is not commercially available but Tiger is working with Graviky Labs to manufacture more for future projects. The Tiger Beer Air-Ink project, online at Air‐ink.com, is part of Tiger Beer’s mission to inspire people to ‘uncage the Tiger inside’ to take action for what they are passionate about.
“The streets are not only a great place to drink Tiger, they’re also the place where creativity, ideas and passion are born,” says Mie-Leng Wong, Director of International Brands at Tiger Beer, Heineken Asia Pacific. “By using our entrepreneurial spirit to repurpose pollution into ink – the lifeblood of creativity – we’re giving creative people the tools to enhance their streets, and empowering inventors like Anirudh to take small but impactful actions against air pollution.”
“This was definitely a project of passion,” says Sharma, founder of Graviky and former T35 MIT Innovator Of The Year. “It’s the perfect partnership between technology, art and the streets. It could only be achieved through the collaborative efforts of my team, the artists and a brave brand like Tiger Beer. I’m very proud of what we’ve created.”
“The excitement about where Air‐Ink can go, quite literally, tells me that we’re onto something potentially very big here”, added David Nobay, founder of Marcel Sydney.
“It was important that the ink itself had to be a high-quality product that artists could use for real street art,” said Scott Huebscher, ECD at Marcel