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Shepard Fairey walks down memory lane

Shepard Fairey walks down memory lane

Shepard talks about the influence graffiti, skateboarding and punk rock had on his life and the ways it shaped his art career. Key moments such as a school trip to NY and the melding of styles by brands such as Shut Skateboards allowed him to develop his techniques. Look out for some classic 90’s skate footage as well.

OBEY’s description on Vimeo describes the video quite well. I just love hearing artists talk about their lives and their past. What makes them tick, where in life they made (more…)

DOES & ASKEW do Adelaide

DOES & ASKEW do Adelaide

Adelaide, Australia may not be a graffiti capital, but in this video DOES & ASKEW from the Ironlak team dominate with incredible style. The Ironlak team have been doing a great job of putting interesting video edits out regularly with great artists.

This is one of the first videos I’ve seen from one of the big companies that shows some specific details of can control – newjacks can learn a thing or two! Thanks to Ironlak for putting out these great videos and thanks to Australian writers for coming with the heat these last few years.

Here’s a great screenshot from the video, check out the actual vid below. As always, thanks for supporting the movement, leave a comment and let us know what you thought! (more…)

The Problem with Rob Ford’s War on Graffiti

The Problem with Rob Ford’s War on Graffiti

Toronto’s mayor Rob Ford declared war on graffiti & street art. The problem with governments declaring war on concepts (for example: drugs, graffiti, terrorism) is that a concept is undefined. Where does art end, street art begin, where does graffiti turn into street art, and when does street art become tagging?

(photo by: Peter J. Thompson)

“It’s going to be spotless. You go downtown now, you see all the graffiti — you aren’t going to have any graffiti there.”

That’s a quote from March 2010. You tell me Toronto, how’s the downtown area – any graffiti?

The problem

The more you clamp down on accepted (albeit illegal) walls where graffiti thrives and artists spend hours perfecting their work, the less time (more…)

Wholetrain English Subtitles (Sa23)

Recently I sat down to watch Florian Gaag’s cult underground cult film Wholetrain. It’s not the most well-known graffiti film but Florian Gaag has a sizeable underground following and the movie is quite good.

There are a couple versions circulating but the one I’ve created works with the Sa23 download.

I release the subtitle file here free to the public in hopes that:

  1. … more people will watch the movie
  2. … and those who are searching for the subtitle find it

Download Wholetrain Sa23
subtitles in English

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the movie. What did you think? Do you have any other recommendations for graffiti movies? Leave a comment and share them with the rest of us!

Birth of Hip-Hop: The Untold Story

Birth of Hip-Hop: The Untold Story

You’ve heard it a hundred times before: How black & latino party-goers on the streets formed the premise of hiphop by using two records to continue a songs break (where the drum breaks down for a solo in the middle of a song), and through a chain of hyping techniques, emcee’s were born.

Instead of continuing the cycle of the story of hiphop I hope to catch a slightly different audience with the documentary posted below. This is the story of the influence that Mambo & Salsa culture had on hiphop.

The side you don’t hear about as often is (more…)