Mimlien - CODAworx


Submitted by Tyler Key LLC

Client: Gallery of Living Illusions

Location: Charlotte, NC, United States

Completion date: 2022

Artwork budget: $10,000

Project Team

Muralist who painted the piece

Tyler Key

Tyler Key LLC

Artist team who commissioned me

Southern Tiger Collective



Mural Freehand Spraypaint on Aluminum Panel & Drywall. The Living Illusion: Mimles
15 x 13’ Freehand Spraypaint on Aluminum Panel & Drywall

(This piece is UV and RGB reactive. You can see a sneak peak of the RGB in the daytime


The goal was to paint a mural that was an illusion for the opening of the gallery of living illusions. Since Mimi Choi does makeup art turning her face into a living illusion, I integrated a trippy portrait of my interpretation of her face. I just executed it well enough where it was an illusion itself.


70+ Hours in 6 Days. When I was invited to paint a mural for the Gallery of Living Illusions, the first thought that came to mind was to paint a literal living Illusion—a long time inspiration of mine and the goat of makeup art, Mimi Choi (PKA Mimles) who is unparalleled in a unique version of surrealism.

Needless to say, I reached out for permission to recreate her art in my style, and was ecstatic when she responded, not only giving me her blessing, but also being very kind and supportive during my process. I want to give a shoutout to Alxdlrg and Southerntigercollective for the opportunity to open the Gallery of Living Illusions, and of course, Mimlesi for turning herself into living art to inspire others.

Additional Information

This piece is both UV reactive as well as RGB reactive. That means it looks different under blacklight, and when accommodated with RGB parcans (lights that cycle through colors) the way I layer colors make it look like the piece is 'breathing.'