Love Local – Damn Vandal

Our next Love Local Durbanite is Damn Vandal aka Shaun Oakley. He is the most talented graffiti artist and designer, and the person I trusted with making over my very own studio in January! He took my cute studio to beautiful in about 7 hours. I loved my space before but now I can’t get enough of it.


Tell us a bit about your background in Durban
I am born and raised in Durban. I have a 3 year degree in Brand Communications from Vega and have been doing graffiti for almost 15 years now.


When did you start your business/craft/brand?
I started my company “Damn Vandal” in 2014 but have been painting commissioned jobs for sometime now.


Tell us about your business/craft/brand
Damn Vandal is a professional mural company that I run on my own. I custom paint anything you want. Most of my work is bright, vibrant and grabs your attention with my unique style. I have painted a lot of agencies, private company interiors, cars and walls within the country.


What is your favourite thing about your business/craft/brand?
My favourite thing about my brand is that I get to do what I am passionate about. I get a lot of freedom within my job and most clients are open to my ideas and like to show off their walls or cars so it gets plenty of attention. It also gives me the chance to change one persons life at a time as a bit of colour goes a long way, especially with the kids.


What would you like people to know about your business/craft/brand?
That I am always willing to do new things and make our country beautiful.


What do you love about living and working in Durban?
I think Durban has a lot to offer in terms of variety. There are a lot of creative people and people willing to be different, which is a great thing as it pushes our city in the right direction. We also have great weather which helps when painting outside. Haha!


How can people support you? 
People can support me by liking my page or by spreading the word about what i offer.


Where can they stalk you on social media?
I have a Facebook page  or follow my Instagram @thatdamnvandal


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Source: Ape Automative Photography

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Image source: Damn Vandal Facebook Page 


Have you seen his work around town? Which is your favourite? (You’re allowed to say my studio😉)


New Year New Studio

New Year is all about new beginnings and a fresh start. Everyone is so worried about new year, new me and I’m over here having a new studio rather!

I knew last year I wanted a change to the white wall on the one side of my studio, but I didn’t know what. I was following Shaun Oakley on instagram, aka Damn Vandal, and always loved his work! After seeing some of his latest projects I decided to email him and get a quote! I knew I wanted a floral design and set off finding the perfect one.

The rest is history! I am so so so happy with how it came out and it just makes the space so much happier. Even my clients now train facing the wall! They all love it 🙂

Check out the before and after below!


Plain white and boring!


Definitely needed a boost!




That door though!

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Check out the time-lapse of him starting the mural:

What do you think? Do you love it as much as I do?