Sacha Jenkins Teaching “Graffiti for Designers” Course at Pratt Institute

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This should be a very interesting class at Pratt:

This fall, Sacha Jenkins will be teaching a class at Pratt’s Center for Continuing and Professional Studies called Graffiti For Designers. The revolutionary course will examine the tenets of writing culture, and how they relate to and can be applied to graphic design.

“GFD presents an opportunity for artists to expand upon their areas of expertise, to better understand the aesthetics of writing so when they do visually borrow from this rich language, their accents look and sound pretty good,” says Jenkins. “As someone who grew up in New York at a time when subways cars were still actively painted, it is humbling to see how far what these inner city kids have taken the work they created. And it is such an honor to have the opportunity to share this knowledge with artists and scholars who are interested. Major kudos to Pratt for being game to push the boundaries.”

To get a better grasp of the significance of the course and how it came about, check below for an interview with Pratt’s Associate Director Chris Ferrara and Operations Manager William “Skuf” Carrero.

What lead to the creation of this class?
Chris Ferrara: I attended the “Write of Passage” exhibition that Sacha Jenkins curated, which acknowledged the pervasiveness of graffiti, not only historically on walls and trains, but now in industry and media channels. Whether it’s skateboards, video games, fashion and logo design—graffiti is clearly woven into the products we all purchase. All of these things helped form an opinion that the artform has arrived. It is no longer a subculture. It’s a culture. In terms of academia, I surveyed the landscape and realized that there is no real representation. With that came the opportunity to put a class together. Pratt is a highly regarded institution in New York City for art and design—and New York City is the birthplace of this youth-spawned art movement that has impacted so many corners of the globe.

The mission of the Pratt Continuing and Professional Studies program is very practical. We give designers the opportunity to enhance their skills and broaden their career opportunities. We want graffiti to be a part of their art palate. To be able to incorporate elements of graffiti into the work they create and to better understand and appreciate the form’s origins.

Can you speak on the development of this course, and its significance to the culture of graffiti overall?

William “Skuf” Carrero: This is one of the most important shifts in our culture–where we are actually analyzing our culture and connecting it to pop culture and other art movements in the world. I have been involved with graffiti for many years. I grew up with it. I’ve worked with artists around the world. I’ve grown up, but I’ve never left graffiti behind. I think the time has come to give graffiti its proper place in history. I am humbled that Pratt is giving the culture a look—a shot for people to better understand what it is we do.
The class has come together because there are now people in the position of power who understand, who are interested in connecting the dots. It took a long time to get here. But it’s no mystery that graffiti is one of the most important contemporary art movements. I feel blessed that Chris understands the importance and has really pushed and advocated for this class.

Any writer who has dedicated himself or herself to this culture knows that this isn’t a fad. This is an artform that has had a direct impact on so many different artforms. This is class is actually a big deal.

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SNOW BEACH by Grotesk & Case Studyo

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Edition of 20 with 3 Artist Proofs
Size: 19,5” x 7.25” x 4.5”
Medium: Hand Sprayed Acrylic and screen printed logos on Red Nordic Pinewood
Sculpture comes in a screen printed poplar wood box

Available Friday, May the 23rd 2014 at casestudyo

“Back in Switzerland in my DJ days, I saw the Wu-Tang Clan video ‘Can It All Be So Simple’ on MTV and Raekwon was wearing this cryptic jacket that just said ‘SNOW BEACH’ on the chest. I was (and still am) a huge Wu fan and became obsessed with this jacket. Why ‘SNOW BEACH’? It didn’t make any sense. Was it a drug reference? — You sell coke; you’ll be chilling on the beach?

Since Raekwon was wearing it, I knew it needed to add up. But in those days without the internet, I had to settle for my own theories.

7 years later I moved to New York and noticed a lot of kids in the graffiti scene wearing POLO—teddy bear sweaters, sailing pullovers, adjustable caps; all sorts of gear that you’d never expect. I asked around and a co-worker from Queens explained the whole Lo-Life movement: What started as a gang from Brooklyn wearing Ralph Lauren as their colors had become a whole New York subculture. Shoplifting was the way most got their POLO fix. Eventually the movement would spread around the globe.

In time, the rare early 90s pieces became as valuable as a Rolex or Gucci bag. Nowadays Lo-Heads are willing to pay up to $6,000 for a windbreaker from 1992 and the ‘SNOW BEACH’ jacket might be the most sought after of them all.   

This sculpture is an homage to a fascinating subculture that could only be born in New York and a tribute to Raekwon, one of the greatest MCs of all time. I made it as minimal and crisp as a POLO windbreaker. And I figured if you share my celebration of everything this represents, you might want to raise the bar with a dedicated shrine, so the ‘SNOW BEACH’ sculpture comes in a wooden ‘Ralf Grotesk’ sarcophagus to protect your piece from dust, snow, the beach, and whatever corrosive elements lurk in New York City and beyond.”

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We have a new collection available on No Mas website. Get ready for your summer in the city and get some.
With all respect to Pittsburgh there’s only one city of Champions and it has five boroughs. Birthplace of Michaels Jordan and Tyson, home town to teams with more titles than any other in the nation. No Mas pays tribute to the city that never weeps with a collection of new vintage objects—shirts, vinyl, pennants, posters, cinchbacks, VHS tapes. It’s a trip up our personal canyon of heroes with Darryl waving from the back seat and 976-1313 on speed dial. Go New York Go New York Go!

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Thanks to all the people that bought my lamp before it even came out! I am very grateful.
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6FT6In the “BANNED” edition

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We are about the release the “BANNED” color way of my lamp produced by Case Studyo
23 lamps will be available in the next few days. Stay Tuned.

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