Aaron “Angry Woebots” Martin aka “Woes Martin” was born on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, and lived throughout Southern Cali and Nevada before heading back to Hawaii during his Junior year in high school. Hip hop, cartoons, kung fu and comics got him into graffiti and toys throughout his travels, and in 1998 a life-threatening car accident changed everything for him. Leaving the island once more for Seattle, he found a scene involving everything from punk rock to hip hop, and he brought this skate and design culture back with him to Hawaii to have his first show in 2002.
Since then he has painted and shown across the US, Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, and Europe. The art, designer toy, and hip hop communities have expanded his fan base to the point that he has collaborated with such organizations as Kidrobot, Disney, Converse, Samsung, and more.
Along with brand collabs, his murals have taken center stage, from the Heineken Mural Project to Art Basel Miami, and back to his hometown of Honolulu for Pow Wow! Hawaii. His passion for toys has also inspired his Kidrobot Dunny collaborations, resin sculptures with Silent Stage Gallery, and various showings at every Comic Con and Designer Con one could dream of.
Acrylic paintings on wood and canvas, using minimal colors and detailed character design are where Woes focuses the truest of his intentions, often comprised of stressed out emotional, aggravated pandas or bears. The pandas tend to represent the story of struggle, humble beginnings, and rolling with the punches.