The print is based on kozy’s 2009 drawing “Spirit Animal Collective”. The drawing was the culmination of kozy’s 4 year-long “Unknown Portraits” project, which involved Kozy’s nearly obsessive search through old photographs in junk shops from Australia to Spain to Northern England to San Francisco to our own backyard in Venice Beach (and more!). Most of the drawings were the size of playing cards, but for the final artwork Kozy create a massive graphite rendering of a 1940’s-era New Zealand primary school class photo. In it she imagined the camera to reveal the spirit animal within each of the students. In 2012 summer we decided to produce a colorized version reminiscent of old tinted photos (Dan’s grandmother used to tint photos as a side job while raising her children) and this is the result.