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.
I loved this video of The Birth of a Spraycan from Montana. Loving these guys video production quality and this was a unique look into what most graffiti heads would be interested in and not something we get to see every day, living the culture. Anyways, thanks Montana! You guys are killing it.
Living in Colombia has been great for my chrome fetish. I’ve never seen chrome that covers like the cans here do. This was a quick session, on a graffiti wall that had been recently buffed 4 blocks up and down.
Three no-name cans were used: Chrome, Black, and a great Blue (good coverage for a $2 can).
OPEK gets live in Bogota, Colombia with a can of chrome in hand. (source)
In the streets, vices and cash are your only friends.
Let’s leave them there, that’s where life breaks your heart.
I’m posting SCOUNDREL MEMORY (MEMORIA CANALLA), a documentary made by an artist I met in Colombia — STINKFISH & fellow artist Bastardilla. It documents graffiti in Bogotá from its political inception through its illegalisation, and then its realisation in the form of art.
To me its important for North Americans to understand how graffiti has realised itself in different cultures and areas of the World. It’s also interesting to note how graffiti has sprouted from repression (in its different forms).
Whenever the labour unions incite the people to a protest it’s the monuments, the nice buildings, the nice windows shops that pay the price. These prople are rejects. They can’t understand it’s not the wall’s fault, it’s not the church’s fault, or the building’s.
These are material things that don’t feel, or see, or anything like that.
There are a ton of great quotes and a lot to learn from a culture you haven’t experienced. Any and every type of society, from children to old women are graffiti artists — it isn’t an artform reserved for any certain type of person, it’s an artform reserved for those who are repressed.
I hope you enjoy, if you have questions or comments, please comment. I can get answers.
If you don’t know SprayBeast, you should. One of the top spots for graffiti online, SprayBeast continuously delivers goods on graffiti styles and graffiti characters. Today is no exception.
Today we showcase two famous graffiti artists: POSE & SEVER MSK, representing the Ironlak Team. They burn a wall in Atlanta, Georgia together in a day? Quick workers, sick sketching, and a beautiful end result.