It adorns the 6-inch wide post of Quidi’s backyard palapa, lending color and serving as a conversation piece for all those who visit to play domino’s or relax after a day of work.
Quidi boasts about it with all the pride one uses to describe his favorite tattoo. And he’s animated as he describes how it came into being.
It’s colorful and quite a piece of art, but what does it represent? Is the story behind it just as interesting as the artwork itself?
Quidi is a lifelong Orange Walk town resident known as “Quidi Cas” by many who know him.
I’ve hung with him every time I’m in Belize. I’ve been on Canoe trips on the Caribbean Sea with him.
I remember stopping on the road side on Old Northern Highway after a tour of the Altun Ha Mayan ruins.
He spotted a local with a python around his neck out in his yard and just had to stop. It was my first experience with voodoo-like powers this man used to control this large snake. But that’s a story for another time.
I’ve also been under Quidi’s palapa to listen to the banter of local domino contests and watch him expertly grill an 8 lb Red Snapper.
I’ve also shared a few Belikin beers with him under that tin roof. And it’s also a great place to slam down a few Orange Walk tacos or tamales.
That’s what you do with your brother-in-law.
And I’ve been under his palapa on numerous occasions when Ian Fabro rode up on his bike after a day of creating his concrete artwork for local businesses.
A thoughtful guy with a flair for the creative, Ian has spent hours sharing his artwork, talking politics, and just enjoying a beer or two.
You can enjoy more of his artwork on his facebook page here.
You can see his colorful work all over Belize. And because it’s concrete, his furniture, signage, spindles and custom artwork is made to withstand the Belizean heat and sun.
I wasn’t there when Ian quickly created the artwork on Quid’s palapa. According to Quidi, he created it with some extra paint he had from his last job.
After listening to Quidi rant about the prospects of Trump being the Republican nominee for President, Ian whipped out his brushes and painted his creation in a matter of minutes.
Ian listened as Quidi picked Trump to be the U.S. Republican nominee back when their were still 16 candidates in the field.
If you know Quidi, you know he is passionate about politics and let’s that passion spew forth as he opined on American politics.
I wasn’t there when it happened, but I’m sure that Ian had different thoughts on the U.S. election.
He didn’t say much, but just took out his brush and let his artwork do his talking.
Quidi explained the painting to me like this:
“That is Quidi Cas … ME … at the very bottom … smoking some weed”
“Now follow the smoke up from my weed”, Quidi waves his hands in a smoky flutter and moves them up to widen his hands, before quickly pointing back to the painting.
“Look, it’s a lamp of a genie forming out of the smoke!” He spoke in a slower version of Kriol to help the gringo understand.
Then he widened his arms as he yells, “Then out of the genie lamp swirls the head of evil Donald Trump!”
He laughs as he points to the evil details within the head of the wolf head doubling as the likeness of Trump.
“Yah Mon,” Quidi quips, “Ian tells his stories like THAT!”
As he points again at the snout of evil Trump, you could tell that Quidi was just as proud of the painting as he was about predicting the outcome of the U.S. election.