Etika was a popular streamer and all-around great guy. His passing in June was a shock to the video game community, and there are many of us who still miss him. To honor his memory, a group of artists headed by Double A have painted a mural in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. They unveiled it on Nov. 6.
Double A worked with artists bkfoxx, kestaadm, and jmzwalls to bring this beautiful piece of art to life. It features two pictures of Etika, one from the front, smiling, and the other from the back, with a more serious expression. The mural also has the phrases, “Take care of yourself,” and “Have yourself a damn good one.” Throughout the mural is Nintendo imagery, such as Joy-Con controllers and symbols from the Super Smash Bros. series. Etika was of course the one who coined “Joy-Con Boyz” and a huge Nintendo fan.
A memorial to Desmond Etika Amofah
— Double A (nut-job) @AnimeNYC (@DoubleA_Charged) November 6, 2019
The mural does an amazing job of highlighting the best parts of what Etika shared with us. His love for Nintendo is featured heavily, of course, but more important is the joy he brought into the world. From the stories I’ve heard, he was always open and friendly with fans. The phrases and warm smiling face on the mural remind us of that. It’s a celebration of his life that reminds us to be good to ourselves and have fun, as our time here is too short to do anything else.
The mural is located at 1280 Myrtle Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. Double A encourages everyone visiting New York for Anime NYC and the launch of Pokémon Sword and Shield to visit the piece. Make sure to tag your social media posts with #joyconboyzforever if you go. It will only be up for about six-to-nine months, so if you’re in the area it’s better to stop by sooner rather than later.