Lack of Police Presence - Honolulu Magazine

For May, I was asked to illustrate an opinion-driven piece for Honolulu Magazine’s “Afterthoughts.”

The article described the lack of police presence in Honolulu’s up and coming China Town. The authors used Otto of Otto’s Cakes (a famous local cake shop) to show how drug dealers are threatening local merchants to move out of the neighborhood.

Otto attempted to gain the attention of police with no luck. Eventually, he wrote “HELP” on the window and a note saying he would only take orders placed over the phone/email and no longer held regular business hours . What a shame!

Here are two other ideas I conjured up. The first, a switch blade in a cake. The second,  Otto waiting for phone calls hunched behind the counter while the doors remained locked. Thanks again Cody + Mike for an awesome written piece to illustrate.