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.
It’s been a week and I haven’t posted. My bad, family. Photo Wednesday is a loose project. For now it’s just the Wednesday’s I feel like doing it (and I suppose those when I’m strapped for posts and need to get something out for y’all)…
Here’s today’s — starting out with an attention-grabber:
I love that most graffiti artists are as interested in the places they explore as they are in their and their peers art. Some call it urban exploration, but in reality it’s curiosity and a driving curious nature that has people peel back boarded doors and see what’s gone on away from the “real” World.
Let’s face it, if you’re reading this then you enjoy good painting on walls. I’m going to start Photo Wednesday, where I post some photos that have inspired me the last little while. Not all graffiti walls, but you can expect a bunch of spray paint as well as art and graffiti online I’ve come across.
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.
I assume that all graffiti artists, like me, are somewhat obsessed with typography. Different fonts & the way that they lean, how the letters are structured, varying widths, spacing, size, colour, all add to the beauty in our obsession with typefaces and writing the same letters, over and over and over and over.
Coming up with this blog post, I was reminded of the documentary Beautiful Losers, which has a really nice segment on Margaret Kilgallen (RIP). In it, she speaks on human imperfection in art, and I think encompasses the ideals of tagging and graffiti as a whole. She was married to one of the sickest handstyle artists ever — Twist/Twister — but passed away shortly after the filming of Beautiful Losers. It acts as an abrupt plot-changer in the documentary and now… I guess… I kinda… spoiled that part for you but nonetheless, this is a great segment in a great documentary that follows some really fresh and interesting graffiti artists (Twist & Espo are particularly inspiring in the film as well as Margaret). I won’t keep you waiting, here’s Margaret Kilgallen’s section — I hope you enjoy!