Retna paints the “Tribute Wall” on the Wynwood Lofts building in Wynwood, Miami during winter 2011.
Special thanks to Primary Flight for arranging and making this mural possible and Douglas “Hox” Hoekzema for all of his hard work and support too!
Filmed by Peter Vahan
with additional footage by Colin Day
‘I am just trying to be nice’ is a book about the work created by grafitti artist Nug, published as a limited edition. This book contains the first true overview of Nug’s work: from exhibitions to graffiti pictures, video stills and paintings, it’s all here, all Nug, in all overwhelming intensity. This release is a collectors item for book lovers, graffiti haters and opinionated people.
Book release on April 26, 2013 @ Unruly Gallery, Amsterdam & May 4 @ Rönnels Antikvariat, Stockholm.
Design: UNDOG - undog.nl
Video: Circus Family
Book available: http://www.iamjusttryingtobenice.com
10 years in the making, Handselecta is pleased to announce the release of our first book, Flip The Script, published by Gingko Press. Part history book, part calligraphy manual. it will be sure to be a monumental tome in the culture of graffiti and colloquial design.
Distinctive hand style lettering is an essential skill for artists and designers. Deftly executed hand crafted letter forms are a nearly forgotten art in an age of endless free fonts. Graffiti is one of the last reservoirs of highly refined, well practiced penmanship.
The most reviled and persecuted form of Graffiti, the Tag, is seldom appreciated for the raw beauty of its skeletal letter forms. Most tags are removed immediately, and thus the casual viewer seldom has a chance to discern the difference between entry level and advanced hand styles.
Within the pages of Flip the Script, author Christian Acker has systematically analyzed the best graffiti hand styles, contextualizing the work of graffiti writers from around the United States. Acker presents the various lettering samples in a clean organized format, giving the material a proper, formal treatment evoking classic typography books.
224 pages, Hardcover, 7’’ x 9’’ (178 x 229 mm)
100s of 2-color illustrations, English
ISBN: 978-1-58423-460-9 $ 29.95
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Episode #177: Filmed in 2012, this “Exclusive” follows artist Barry McGee through his self-titled retrospective exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA). McGee, who became interested in tagging while growing up in San Francisco, describes the excitement of putting up new tags and the rush of getting away with it. Alongside his ongoing and intimate involvement with street culture, McGee has maintained an active studio practice, which he describes as being something “completely different.” These two disparate ways of making—and showing—work meet in “Barry McGee,” which was also shown at the ICA Boston.
A cult figure amongst skaters and graffiti artists, Barry McGee’s drawings, paintings, and mixed-media installations take their inspiration from contemporary urban culture, incorporating elements such as empty liquor bottles and spray-paint cans, tagged signs, wrenches, and scrap wood or metal. McGee is also a graffiti artist, known by the tag “Twist.”
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For our latest Hypebeast video, we caught up with artist Horfe just in time for his “Imaginarium” exhibition at Topsafe London. Hailing from the city of Paris, Horfe’s playful comic-style of graffiti can be easily recognized as he has been steadily covering trains, streets and rooftops for over a decade. Expressing somewhat a disdain for gallery street artwork—as graffiti must be “illegal to fit that bill,” Horfe believes that the gallery is the best place for describing and organizing his aesthetic in a way that he can “share with everyone, graffiti fan or not.” In this video, Horfe gives an exclusive walk-through of some of his favorite piece for the exhibition while juxtaposing his works from inside and outside of the gallery.
Living in times that hope seems to have lost it’s meaning and mankind walks in paths of uncertainty and hate, Simon finds hope in the skyfall. His calligraphy leads him through inner peace and serenity to the path of wisdom, from the free skies to a free fall in the urban surroundings we have to endure. In a pure and magical way he manages to entrap us to his world of letters with one purpose, to convey his message of change and hope crashing the black era that has emerged. A better world is possible.
“This is the end, hold your breath and count to ten, feel the earth move and then, hear my heart burst again”
Simon Silaidis is a designer, a thinker, a vision-er, a pioneer… Lately he applied his life’s love of calligraphy in the rural, urban and suburban surroundings of Asia and Europe. You will spot his work in abandoned places, in the streets and in his studio using ink and bamboo pens. His style is a mix of Western, Asian and Arabian calligraphy and his vision of a new world of calligraphy based in tranquility and symmetry dominating our surrounding is in fact the inner change he proposes to world. His twelve year successful experience as designer is only the start to what is ahead.
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Hip Hop: Unbound From the Underground An Ithaca Community Celebration of Hip Hop Culture
Tompkins County Public Library is excited to announce its partnership with Cornell University Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections and other community groups to offer Hip-Hop: Unbound from the Underground - An Ithaca Community Celebration of Hip-Hop Culture, April 4 through 7.
This four-day celebration, featuring events on campus and throughout the community, will include exhibit openings, gallery exhibitions, panel discussions, film screenings, concerts and three days of live, mural painting by some of the world’s finest graffiti artists.
770 Cascadilla Street, Ithaca, NY Cornell University Press Building
A lot of excitement surrounded the trip to Paris as Parisien friends had hinted towards an interesting location for the project: a tunnel and train track next to a hidden gypsy camp. After a long walk through the forest with a pack of canvasses, Does and Stephan Polman stumbled upon this trackside spot in Paris. On the way back while walking through the gypsy garden, Does found a rusty ‘get away’ van with bullet holes and could not resist the temptation of giving it a layer of paint.
After this extraordinary painting session they went straight to Paris centre, where a few glasses of fine French wine were awaiting them. On the way back they stopped at the square in front of La Basilique Du Sacre Coeur as sunrise was kicking in, the streets were being cleaned and the fresh milk was being delivered: “Il est cinq heures, Paris s’eveille”. The icing on the cake was Blankeroy’s email with beats and melodies for each of the cities they visited so far.
Exhibition - Dates & Location:
SOLO EXHIBITION BY DOES
48 Easey St, Collingwood
Opening night: Friday 5 April, 6 - 10 pm
Show running until Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 April, 10 am - 5 pm ——————————————————-
Camera | Stephan Polman
Editing | Rube Parthoens
Production Assistent | Slam The Flap
Graphic Design | Tumki
Music | Blankeroy
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Danish graffiti 1984-2013 at Kunsten Aalborg
Words from KUNSTEN Museum of Modern Art:
Works by more than 100 graffiti artists take visitors on a journey through 30 years of Danish graffiti.
The exhibition will present canvases, walls, books, photos and even toy trains, but will also venture out into the city itself, where several of the artists will conduct workshops and create permanent artworks together with children and young people. The exhibition spotlights an artistic genre, which for many children and young people represents an introduction to art in general, and is a legitimate platform for creative expression.The exhibition will also focus on how this totally unique art form has become more and more refined and multi-facetted over the last 30 years. Like rap music and other areas of “street” culture, graffiti has become a part of our everyday lives. It breaks down barriers and makes room for a culture, which is not reserved for an elite, but reaches out to every level of society.
Kunsten Aalborg viser den første udstilling, der udelukkende har fokus på dansk graffiti som kunstart
og rummer en overflod af værker, der viser den enorme spændvidde, der eksisterer indenfor graffitikunsten, som vi møder i den moderne storby.
Over 100 graffitikunstnere tager publikum med gennem 30 års dansk graffiti og viser lærreder, vægge, bøger, fotos og sågar Märklintog.