The world lost one of the greatest guitarists in history on Oct 6th, 2020. Canadian airbrush artist Paul Archer, wanted to honor the legend the best way he knew how.
Archer painted a massive mural on the back of airbrush shop in Victoria, BC. Archer was interviewed by local station CTV News and said that he had the chance to meet Van Halen a few times over the years.
“I was a stagehand at the Memorial Arena [now known as the Save-on-Foods Memorial Arena], and we actually went to lunch together and had fish and chips,” Archer explained.
“We talked and he became kind of like a friend because every time Van Halen would play, I would be at the show and I’d be a stagehand and he’d know me by name.”
Archer continued, “People kept saying, ‘No, red tape, permit,’ all sorts of stuff so then I decided, ‘Well, you know what? I’ve got a wall on my building,’”.
Arch said, “A lot of people say he’s up there looking down and smiling, and I hope so. I think he would love [the mural]. Being immortalized on a wall is kind of a cool thing.”
It took him 2 days to complete the mural in conditions that were less than optimal. It was wet and windy, so he used tarps and space heaters to keep warm and the surface dry.
If you happen to be in the downtown Victoria area, Archer encourages people to come and take a photo next to Eddie.