Saturday, July 31, 2010

NASH and DOES feat. STORM (LoveLetters - Ironlak)

Nash and Does from LoveLetters Crew painting a production for Ironlak in Belgium. Also featuring Storm (Heavy Artillery).

Alleged graffiti vandals arrested

AN alert Gympie Regional Council worker and fast-acting police yesterday tagged a group of four alleged spray can vandals, after extensive graffiti was found at the council saleyards and on railway property near the Gympie North station.
A railway carriage was also sprayed with tags, identified by police as being similar to those found at the saleyards, a police spokesperson said yesterday.
Police received a complaint about 5.17am, when a council worker reported catching the group near some defaced panels and a building wall at the saleyards. “There was damage at the station too,” he said yesterday.
“They told me they were mushroom pickers and they were talking gibberish,” the council worker said of his discovery of alleged graffiti vandals at the saleyards.
“An intercity express train was also extensively vandalised,” a police spokesperson said yesterday morning.
“After 7am, inquiries were made about a report of three people behaving suspiciously at the saleyards, where further graffiti was discovered.
“Two female officers located four people, three males and a female. They also found property that we’re investigating and a vehicle reported to have been last seen near Banks Pocket Road.”
Police later reported that the four had been taken into custody and questioned.
The defaced train had already left for Brisbane.
“They were all adults from interstate,” a police spokesperson said..
The four are alleged to have committed offences including wilful damage, trespass, graffiti vandalism and possession of graffiti instruments.
“A couple of other offences have been uncovered in Brisbane, with similar tags, by the Police Graffiti Task Force,” the spokesperson said.

Taken from: Gympietimes

Did Banksy visit Ukraine?

The Ukrainian city of Simferopol, on the Black sea, recently spotted over 20 Banksy-style graffiti murals. According to the UK art dealer who vacationed in Simferopol and who sold some of the Banksy’s original art works, the Ukrainian graffiti looks “very, very Banksy.”

The Simferopol’s graffiti is signed with “Sharik” (Little Ball), and the artist’s identity is unknown. Tourists who flock this popular summer resort city say that they enjoy the paintings and hope that the locals will preserve them.

Interview with Does from the LoveLetters Crew

Born in 1982 in Sittard, a small city south of the Netherlands comes one of the most interesting artists of today. Does from the LoveLetters crew brings graffiti pieces of a whole new level to the table.

How old are you and where are you from?
My birth year is 1982. I live in Sittard, a small city in the south of the Netherlands (Europe)
near the German and Belgian border.

What attracted you to the art of graffiti? Why did you start writing?
When I was about 14 years old I started to notice graffiti in my city. At that time everything about it fascinated me. I used to bike around the city to see tags and pieces. We didn't have Internet yet so getting around was the only way to get an idea of the different styles etc.
However, I had no idea about what was going down on the global graffiti scene.
When I was in primary school I was always drawing and playing with letters. In 1997 I did my first illegal piece, but at that time I really had no idea about the scene in my city. I began to notice that there were quite a few active graffiti artists in my neighbourhood, then I started to get really
interested in graffiti. The Hall of Fame in Geleen was an especially big source of inspiration to me. The Hall of Fame was a desolate place under the railway, overgrown with plants and trees and long walls decorated with interesting pieces.
This place gave me an exciting feeling, a feeling that I've never lost.

Your pieces are extremely accurate and detailed,
how much time do you spend on the sketch before you plant it on the wall?
It depends. Sometimes I freestyle and sometimes I use a sketch in front of the wall. The sketch is very important because that's the foundation. Normally when I make a full colour sketch it takes me roughly 10~15 hours.

What different guidelines do you have for a wall, whats the focus?
The balanced in terms of colours, style, composition and theme.

If you're on a dry spell, where do you get the inspiration?
I do like graphic designs and certain types of architecture, but those are not my main
inspiration sources. I like to play with techniques, colours, spaces and effects.
I’m inspired by natural forms and colours. Things I see in daily life.

 What other writers has been the most influent for your own development?
I was specifically influenced by writers like Chas, Stance, Bah, Nash and Casroc. They always worked very cleanly and did some great production walls. Furthermore, I have always been inspired by the graffiti styles in other Dutch cities and foreign countries such as Germany and Switzerland.

What crews and writers are you down with?
LoveLetters and Ironlak team Europe.
The LoveLetters crew was founded in the south of the Netherlands(Sittard).
It is an international collective with members from Germany, Swiss, France and the Netherlands. Members are Tumki, Nash, Chas, Dare, Sean2, Rusl, Dater, Ozer, Biser and me.
Since the beginning of 2009 I'm also part of the Ironlak Team Europe
together with Bates, Storm and Banos.

Can you live off your graffiti today?
I have a dayjob as a soccer player in the second league of the Netherlands.
In the future I want to do more on my artistic career!

Are you currently sponsored by any company for paint and materials?
I'm proudly sponsored by Ironlak!
It’s a spray can brand from Australia. They've contacted me and asked if I was interested in their product. The quality of the paint and the pressure is very good. Check for more at
Ever got caught?
In 2000 I got arrested for doing an illegal piece. After that experience I stopped for three years.

Got any advice for the new upcoming writers?
I think that it is important for every writer to stay close to his or her personal style.

Any final words?
I Love Letters!
To see more about DOES, CLICK HERE!

To see more about the LOVELETTERS CREW, CLICK HERE!

Friday, July 30, 2010

The MTN Diaries - Summer 2009: Antwerpen

Excerpt #1 from the movie "The MTN Diaries". Location: Antwerpen, Belgium.

The film sticks to the reality of graffiti as it is, and tries without any bias to transcript at its best the energy and raw talent of todays actors of the scene, whether it'd be in the streets, on trains, on walls or in the galeries. For this first 34mn chapter shot during summer 2009, meet up with Horfe, Tomek, Se and Gues in the streets of Paris / Seen from New York in his parisian workshop / Metro, Afiler and their sidekicks in Belgium train yards / Twist & Amaze from San Francisco on their journey in Lyon for an unusual performance / Pro & Koolfunc GT and Seb FMK painting in their favorite playgrounds / Honet and his guests for a catacomb mission...

Ironlak x Known Gallery x Soundset Festival (Minneapolis)

Pose, Risk, Ewok and Sever paint Soundset Festival in Minneapolis.

To see more about the Ironlak Team, CLICK HERE!

Banksy Hits Rock City

It's just a little graffiti, and yet its existence has caused a firestorm of legal wrangling as to who actually owns the work and the building that once housed it. Seems rather odd, until you take a closer look at who is responsible, where it was created and why it exists in the first place.

Of all the derelict buildings filling the city of Detroit, one of the most famous is the former Packard automobile plant. As much as the city of Detroit would like to do something about the the 3,500,000-square-foot facility, nobody seems quite sure who owns the dilapidated building... nor is there any consensus on who should foot the bill for the massive clean-up project.

Recently, though, the old Packard plant became just a little bit more valuable, leading to a skirmish between an assortment of interested parties. The how and why that led to the recently revived interest is a story unto itself.

If you want to read more about Banksy, CLICK HERE.

Swiss faces caning for Singapore subway graffiti

SINGAPORE—A Swiss man faces possible caning in Singapore for allegedly spray-painting a subway car, a case that will test the city-state's reputation for severe punishment for vandalism.
Oliver Fricker, 33, was charged Saturday with one count of trespassing and two counts of vandalism for breaking into a train depot and drawing graffiti on a subway car on May 16, prosecutors said. Police arrested him May 25.

Fricker is being held on 100,000 Singapore dollars ($71,000) bail. A preliminary hearing is set for June 21.
Prosecutors say a British citizen who is still at large was with Fricker during the incident.
Vandalism in Singapore carries a fine of up to SG$2,000 ($1,415) or up to three years in jail, in addition to three to eight strokes of a cane.

Singapore caned American teenager Michael Fey for vandalism in 1994--ignoring pleas for leniency by then President Bill Clinton--in a case that drew international attention to the country's harsh punishments.
Singapore has eased enforcement of minor infractions such as jaywalking or spitting in recent years, though earlier this year the government reiterated a ban on the sale of chewing gum.

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US Marine graffiti crew hits up Hyde Park

This past week, the United States Marine Corps invaded Boston. Or, more accurately, they were invited into the community by Mayor Tom Menino to “showcase military equipment displays, perform community outreach projects, and honor local Marines during Marine Week Boston.”

At least that’s what the press release said. According to anti-war activists, however, Marine Week is a thinly veiled recruitment prop, and worse, one that was partially funded by taxpayers in that the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) supplied paint for a 375-square-foot “Community, Country, Corps” mural that Marines tagged in Hyde Park (two blocks from the mayor’s house). Though the value of the supplies in question is minimal, some say the value of highly visible political propaganda is significantly higher.

“I object to this without question,” says Greater Boston Stop the Wars Coalition co-founder John Harris. “Promoting the Marines in a time when millions of people are in opposition to the never-ending occupation is not appropriate, and certainly I don’t think that it should be paid for by the people of this city.”

Can2 for Adidas: Adicolor Project

A piece about the spray can manufacturers Montana, created by Can2 and Atom. Montana have produced the spray paints as part of the adicolor campaign.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

LoveLetters Crew - Ironlak Video

Graffiti action video about the LoveLetters Crew.

Some works of DOES (click on the images to enlarge them):

Some works of OZER (click on the images to enlarge them):

To see more about DOES, CLICK HERE!

To see more about OZER, CLICK HERE!

To see more about the LOVELETTERS CREW, CLICK HERE!

Can2 paints a piece in 2 minutes

Graffiti action video about Can2, from Germany.

To see more about Can2, CLICK HERE!

Wufc-SDK DT Graffiti

Graffiti train action video from Sweden.

Cope2: daily graffiti in Paris

Cope2 Graffiti Bombing Video from Paris (France).

To see more about Cope2, CLICK HERE!

Graffiti NYC: Artists of the Third Rail

Graffiti NYC: Artists of the Third Rail features photographs, works on paper, paintings, sculptures, murals and live presentations by Martha Cooper, John Naar, Richard Hambleton, Snake1, Noc167, Jamestop, Stayhigh149, PNUT, Cap1, Tracy168, Futura2000, Dondi, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Phetus, among other legends of the third rail.

      Benrimon Contemporary is pleased to announce a group exhibition that demonstrates the trajectory of the history of graffiti in New York City.  Graffiti NYC: Artists of the Third Rail is curated by Molly Sampson in collaboration with Mario Ramos (ARE) and Claudia Bumbac (DIA), owners of 1HUNDREDB; a Lower East Side storefront gallery that serves as the mecca of NYC urban art and graffiti culture. Aerosol Art has festooned New York City’s concrete facades and steel traincars for over four decades, it began as a humble trend of “tagging” in 1969 and transformed into what is now referred to as street art. The scope of this artistic genre has swelled in size to encompass a myriad of styles ranging from painted murals to wheat pastes and stickers. Graffiti as a fine art form has been the subject of controversy since the first appearance of street art into galleries nearly forty years ago, yet overtime, this rebellious and living art form has become a prominent component of the art historical canon.

      As urban art culture has grown in popularity and adapted various forms, art dealers saw an opportunity to promote a new art form within the white walls of a gallery. Graffiti artists began to exhibit works in galleries and museums in the 1970s, and subsequently adapted their graffiti techniques into works that fit the gallery mold.  Graffiti NYC: Artists of the Third Rail will present a range of canvases and works on paper that tracks the pulse of NYC street art over the past forty years. This paradigm-shifting art genre will be exhibited as a retrospective of NYC’s writers’ culture.

      Photographs are an essential method of documenting graffiti since they are a permanent way to capture such a transient work of art.  Photography has prolifically prolonged the short-lived existence of graffiti pieces that were cleaned off, painted over and disbanded, while successfully becoming its own artistic form.  In the absence of photographic images, graffiti would be all but a vague memory in the minds of New Yorkers.  Photographs from the 1970’s and 80’s will provide the present day viewer with the opportunity to walk the streets of NYC painted inside out at the height of graffiti’s explosion.

      Graffiti on subway cars was a phenomenon witnessed by New York City’s straphangers during the early 70’s and lasting in intensity until 1989. Though the art on train doors today is mostly limited to photographs or black book sketches, the gallery will pay homage to the origins of graffiti by incorporating actual NYC MTA subway doors into the exhibition. These doors will be painted as a live installation to demonstrate graffiti techniques and auctioned off during the exhibition’s opening night to benefit The Bowery Mission.

      Graffiti and street art are normally viewed in public outside of institutional spaces.  The gallery acknowledges the natural setting of this art form and will allow the art to thrive in its proper street environment by having two murals painted on the gallery gates for the duration of the exhibition.

Taken from: Graffaholiks

Technology allows Paralyzed Graffiti Artist to Draw With His Eyes


A graffiti action video about Does, from the LoveLetters Crew.

Some works of Does (click on the images to enlarge them):

To see more about DOES, CLICK HERE!

To see more about the LOVELETTERS CREW, CLICK HERE!

The official website of Does Loveletters

This is the official website of Does from the LoveLetters Crew.
Check it now!

Some works of Does (click on the images to enlarge them):

To see more about DOES, CLICK HERE!

To see more about the LOVELETTERS CREW, CLICK HERE!

Banksy vs Robbo in the Wall Street Journal

Click here to see more.

Taken from: PureGraffiti

Some works of Banksy (click on the images to enlarge them):

To see more about Banksy, CLICK HERE!

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