Sofles just threw the gauntlet down for title of best writer on the planet with a little help from Ironlak films.
In the 5 minute long time-lapse video Sofles (+ Fintan Magee, Treas and Quench) paint the inside of an entire warehouse, multiple times. This shit must have taken months to do, and it’s executed flawlessly. There’s so many choice moments in the video, but a few highlights are the camera flipping upside down while he paints an upside down piece, and the huge throwie-wall. The best by far has to be the finale. Watch it to the end, you’ll be glad you did.
I quit graffiti. Seriously…
New York City graffiti landmark 5pointz got a fresh coat of buff, in preparation for the building’s eventual destruction.
5Pointz owners Jerry and David Wolkoff white-washed the beloved 5Pointz graffiti mecca, wiping away layers of street art in just a few hours. The Wolkoffs’ plan to demolish the buildings and replace them with apartment towers was approved by City Council in October, but artists and community members have been trying to save the building, pushing for a last-ditch landmarks designation.
As you all know, the Philippines has been hit by one of the strongest storms in history. We would like to take a moment to send out a prayer to all those that have been effected by Typhoon Haiyan.
The Strength in Numbers tee is made to symbolize pride in our culture and banding together when helping others in need. This tee will be for sale during the month of November. All of the proceeds from this tee will be donated to the Philippine Red Cross. #FILIPINOSTRENGTH
Mr. Dibbs just announced the Kickstarter project to bring Scribble Jam back for 2014.
There’s a lot of bullshit Kickstarters out there, but this aint one of em. For the youth who never got to experience a Scribble Jam, you definitely need to step up and put some dough down.
Not familiar with Scribble Jam? School yourself, herb.
Scribble Jam was co-founded in 1996 by “Fat” Nick Accurso and Jason Brunson, co-founders of a graffiti magazine called “Scribble”, and DJ Mr Dibbs, in the parking lot of a local nightclub. The following year’s event included MC, DJ, and breakdance battles for the first time and Scribble Jam began its reputation as “America’s Largest Hip-Hop Festival”, prioritizing the underground and serving as a positive outlet for non-commercial hip-hop.
The two-day event is known for its inclusion of all elements of Hip-Hop: MCing, B-boying, DJing, graffiti, and beat-boxing. Organizers have always lured star-class performers to the event by offering big prize awards to battle winners. You never knew who you were going to see at a show, and you might not even know who they were until a few months later. (Remember when Eminem lost to MC Juice & Rhymefest in the 1997 MC battles??)
In 2000, with the addition of new partners Kevin Beacham, Tony Heitz and DJ Pase Rock, the festival grew in popularity, as tens of thousands of hip hop fans flocked to its grounds in early August. At its height of popularity, Scribble Jam drew approximately 20,000 hip-hop fans to the Greater Cincinnati area.
For people who haven’t met GIANT and only know him through his graffiti, this video will probably be a bit of a shock. For those who have, this will fit.
Peep the video, then head over to Mass Appeal to read about Giant discussing all things raves, acid, health, Buddhism, and other things bigger than graffiti.
I’ve been feeling everything Scram Jones has been dropping lately. His latest track DIABOLIC is no exception. Peep the technique.
Persue just dropped this limited screen print on 1xRUN. For $50 you can hang this bad boy on your wall, or cop a framed edition for $100. Act quick though, because the offer only lasts for 13 more days.
The print was inspired by a fucked up situation on the highway, as SD writer Persue (per-sway) explains.
“Before we left California for the East Coast Rime told me to put some ideas together for our stop in Detroit and at the 1xRun headquarters. He wanted to introduce me to the guys and help push getting me to release a print. Because things were hectic before leaving I wasn’t able to get anything together. By the time I got to Chicago I still didn’t have anything. Rime, Mason and I had been through a few cities by then and were pretty tired. The night before our stop in Chicago we were in Nebraska. Nebraska was fucking nasty as all hell. It is where we hit a patch of black ice and did 4 huge 360 spins down the highway with semi trucks barreling down the highway behind us. All I could get out of my mouth was “Put it in the ditch man”! That became the quote for the rest of the trip.” – Persue
Some of yall will probably say this isn’t “real graffiti” – as Red Bull built a fucking replica subway car and STATION setup. To you I say…shut the fuck up and head over to MassAppeal to read about ‘Write of Passage’.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – 1AM is pleased to present, “Connotations”, opening on October 18th, from 6:30 – 9:30 PM, “Connotations” will showcase works inspired by tattoo art by Jesico, Tony Duong, and Mark Heredia. Expect to see colorful adaptations of traditional and non-traditional tattoo designs as well as complex, mix-and-match compositions showcasing tattoo iconography from around the globe.
‘“Connotations”’ is a chance to revel in Tattoo relevance” says Bay Area Native, Jesico. For these three artists, Tattoo is about endless study and first hand experience so that it becomes second nature. The compositions in “Connotations” reveal the artists’ devotion to studying the great artists before them and preserving Tattoo as an art from. In the words of Jesico, ‘“Connotations” pays homage to the repetition, creativity, intrigue and wanderlust that is Tattoo.’
Over the course of the last decade, Jesico traveled around the world piecing together bits of knowledge passed down from greater artists in order to develop his own cohesive style. Jesico has designed tattoos and produced art from Japan to Switzerland, and now resides here in the Bay Area making tattoos full-time. Tony Duong and Mark Heredia are tattoo artists at Hold Fast Studio in Redwood City. Both artists work diligently, honing their craft while making their mark in shops all around California.
For more information, visit www.1AMGallery.com. If you have any questions or would like to request a preview catalog, please email maya@1AMSF.com.