Mural Honoring YouTuber Etika Created by Fans in New York

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A mural commemorating Nintendo YouTuber Desmond “Etika” Amofah has gone up in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The 29-year old YouTuber died by suicide in June this year.As reported by Kotaku, the mural project was planned by YouTuber “Double-A” and New York web designer Abe Hunter who were both fans of Amofah’s. “We all miss him. We all love him,” Double-A told Kotaku.

The mural, which depicts Amofah and Nintendo symbols like the Super Smash Bros. logo and a pair of Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons (Amofah’s fans called themselves JoyConBoyz). The mural also features one of Amofah’s catchphrases: “Take care of yourself. Have yourself a damn good one!”

The mural was put up on 1280 Myrtle Ave. Bushwick, Brooklyn and was finished last week. The mural spans 40 feet and can be reached by taking the M train. Fans on Twitter have posted pictures of themselves with the mural since it went up.

Amofah, better known as his online handle Etika, died in June 2019. Amofah specialized in covering Nintendo games and consoles. Hunter says that “People are still mourning,” and that the mural was not made to “glamorize his death or the negativity. It’s more his life and getting the message out there that we can talk about mental illness.”

If you are having suicidal thoughts or just need to talk to someone, text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 if you’re in the US. For a list of international helplines and resources, click here.
Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN.



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