Meeting Of Styles 2010

•July 13, 2010 • Leave a Comment

It’s that time of year again for the graffiti ‘tour de force’ known as the Meeting of Styles the tour is currently underway in Europe and will be in the U.S. starting with the East Coast the 10th of September. Originating in Wiesbaden Germany, the Meeting Of Styles was created in 1997 as a meeting point for writers the world over to come and celebrate graff culture. The demolition of the meeting site in Germany launched the idea to make it an international tour; creating a comprehensive network of artists the world over. In the spirit of cooperation and promotion, since 2002 MOS has launched over 75 events in sixteen countries across Europe, Russia and America. These events have sponsored hundreds of graffiti artists from all over the world and throughout the years have attracted more than 100.000 spectators, providing a focal point for urban street culture and graffiti art to reach the larger community.

This year they are featuring a shirt to commemorate the event by one of my favorite writers Aryz. He collaborated with another writer from Spain to create a shirt to generate revenue in order to fund the event. In the future they hope to be corporate sponsor free by gaining enough money from online donations and sales from their store.

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Pilot introduces a font writing tool.

•July 8, 2010 • 1 Comment

The pen manufacturer Pilot scored a major hit with writers when they introduced the jumbo marker that features a seriously sized chisel tip and refillable base. Now they’ve decided to take marking to the next level by allowing you to create fonts manually to be uploaded to your computer via scanner, camera or webcam. The great thing about this is the editing features that gives you greater control in shaping the width or flow of your letters. When you are done with the editing process, you have your own personalized font to work with and you can compose an email using their online features

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3 New Tribute Videos

•July 8, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The selection involved for each one of these established artists is based off of their dedication to the game of graff and innovations in their respected art. A token of my appreciation is a 30 second video of their finest work in my opinion with varying themes that cater to their individual style. Hope you enjoy.

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Stop, Hold It, Freeze – NOW!

•July 6, 2010 • Leave a Comment

The art of graffiti takes on many forms, and takes on an elusive shape-shifting role in the stop animation film made by muralist BLU. HIs latest endeavor is painstaking labor of love called Big Bang Big Boom that features stop-motion animation that took many months and hundreds of gallons of paint to produce. The beauty of this project not only lies in the work produced, but the innovation in utilizing and selecting locations that are properly suited for the task at hand. This video illustrates in its own way makes me realize why I love street art/graffiti so much in how it takes on so many forms – evolves and continues to shape the landscape of our world!

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A true school showdown!

•July 2, 2010 • 1 Comment

Something that would never happen now-a-days, but would be so ill to watch!

Lee Quinones
Vulcan
Seen

Judge wisely…

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Letters of Independence ‘Calligraffiti’

•July 1, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Calligraffiti show

Tonight is opening night for Neils “Shoe” Meulman at the Salamatina Gallery in Long Island. A show that would typically be debuted in the inner circle of boroughs (namely Manhattan) is giving the small town of Manhasset some culture from across the pond. Originally hailing from Amsterdam, Shoe quickly gained a rep for his highly prolific graff style back in the early 80s and earned his place in the upper echelon of international graffiti legends by appearing in Henry Chalfant’s highly influential book Spraycan Art. His fluid lettering style has now transferred from the wall on to canvases – that have matured into the art form known as Calligraffiti.

His style revisits the classical brush strokes of old, getting his influences from Arabic pictorial script, medieval script, and Japanese brush characters. Shoe’s musings of classical writing styles is a pretext of modern day graffiti. The many adornments that graff writers grace their letters with is a renaissance of old world styles (arrows, crowns and symbols.) What Shoe aims to do is  combine the various epochs of style in a synthesis of form and function as a dedication to the art of writing. His inaugural visit to New York is the first stop on the Calligraffiti tour and will be host to his live reworking of the Declaration of Independence.

During his opening-night performance, Shoe will literally rewrite the 1776 Declaration of Independence on site at the Salamatina Gallery. His Re-Declaration, which will take place over several days, will highlight all 1,337 of the historic words, resulting in 262 U.S. letter-sized pieces, executed in ink on paper. Showcasing the artistʼs fluid and hypnotic style, these “Letters” will remain on view and for sale until July 27.

SALAMATINA GALLERY 
2032 Northern Boulevard
Manhasset, New York 11030
T: +1 (516) 439-4471

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Rammellzee – Rest In ‘Piece’

•July 1, 2010 • Leave a Comment

It is always disheartening to hear of a cultural icon passing away, especially when they have left this realm all too soon. At the young age of 49, the futuristic B-Boy known as Rammellzee will walk this earth no more. His ailing body could no longer contain the dynamic spirit that resided within. He was the true embodiment of Hip-Hop; holding a crown for getting down in 3 of the elements (MCing, Graffiti, and DJing.) This cat was so real with his style that he often spoke his peace in his own brand of speak, and would adorn many of his creations as an outward projection of his style known as Gothic Futurism. A true rebel whose cause was opening our eyes to society’s destruction, only to be rebuilt in his own form of iconoclastic creations.

My first glimpse of Ramm was in the movie Style Wars where he took center stage spittin’ the illest freestyle while wielding a sawed-off shotgun – all trenched down.  I never knew how much of an impact he had on the early stages of New York graffiti until I saw Dondi’s segment in the Style Wars documentary. For Dondi to have collaborated with Ramm, let alone speak of his philosophy on letters with a reverence for Rammellzee’s art – speaks volumes for itself. He will also be remembered for his collaborations with Jean-Michel Basquiat in the making of his track Beat Bop, by giving the 12′ single his signature flair.

I hope this will be the last I have to hear of my heroes passing that have paved the way for the graff writers of today.

Rest In ‘Piece’: Iz the Wiz, Dare, Beno, Dondi, Sk8, Dream, Shy147, and Rammellzee…

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