•July 26, 2010 • Leave a Comment
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•July 20, 2010 • 1 Comment
•July 20, 2010 • Leave a Comment
I think there is a direct link between writers and the paint they use that gives them the ability to create very surreal works of art. Ever since paint manufacturers have formulated spray cans that give the writer more control over their pieces, the work produced are more clean, detailed and more vibrant than ever before. This production in Spain sponsored by MTN Colors certainly proves my point. This series of murals brought together a couple of artist from England (Aroe, Roid), France (Ogre, Pablo, Mutha) and some home grown talent from Spain (Belin, Besdo, Tretze, Frik, Rage).
The style of writing hasn’t changed that much from 20 years ago: still need a character, a dope wildstyle piece and a tight background to make it all gel together. The letters themselves aren’t any more technical that the ones produced by the FBA crew from New York back in the 80s, or backgrounds any more elaborate than the ones created by Vulcan from the same era. L.A.’s Hex TGO was a master of them all back in the day and that was using the industry standards Krylon and Rusto.
The complex valve system in these cans that are being produced from graff writer based paint companies are like a god send to artists that wish to do more complex and detailed work. I would love to see what Hex TGO could do with a MTN or Belton can if he was still in the game and not a born again Christian. I could only see this as the beginning for graff writers the world over to up the ante in terms of competition and style with more pieces like these being produced on the regular.
•July 19, 2010 • Leave a Comment
•July 19, 2010 • Leave a Comment
•July 13, 2010 • Leave a Comment
It is safe to say that this whole graffiti thing has gone full blown with various cottage industries cropping up all over the globe catering to regional artists. Although these products are readily available with the advent of the internet, they are primarily designed for their local niches in mind. The product in question I’m referring to is spray paint and all of the brands that have cropped up within this past millenia: Belton-Germany, Ironlak-Austrailia, Sabotaz 80-Russia, and Beat-Italy. What this means for the North American graffiti artist is a wider range of products to choose from, but an expensive habit to maintain; most of these are over the counter and un-rackable, not that I would ever advocate theft ;}.
But now there is a domestic alternative to expensive art enthusiast driven imports, the Blubber spray paint company! Not that they are entirely new to the game, but something that I have recently discovered. Having originated back in 2004, they strive to bring awareness by the formulation of art parks and eco-friendly products. The name comes from its originator – graff artist Aero who is originally from Hawaii and obviously has some affinity for whales. The color line is very limited, like in the high teens compared to MTN Colors or Beat whose paint range is in the low hundreds.
I do have to applaud their efforts though in bringing graffiti back home in terms of spray paint for North American artists, but it seems like they have an uphill battle ahead of them in terms of competing with other brands, marketing (virtually non-existent) and selection. In the upcoming North American tour of Meeting Of Styles, Blubber Colors is a featured sponsor in which writers can experience the can control first hand and will help expose the company to their target audience of graff writers.