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Mr. Kaves was recently approached to paint 3 exclusive designs on some classic Gretsch guitars, to be featured at their annual Gretsch Day event in Brooklyn. Each was featured at Street Sounds in his hometown of Bay Ridge, which happens to be the largest Gretsch dealer in the U.S. All 3 were sold to the same collector, afterwhich, Kaves customized them with the names of the buyer’s family members. He has now been commisioned to design another dozen guitars for the company, to be avilable later in 2013. Peep it.
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Michael “KAVES” McLeer, Billy Burke, Sacha Jenkins - Skin Graf - Design and Style Series Event
Wednesday April 24, 2013 - 6-8pm
New York Public Library
5th Ave @ 42nd Street NYC
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum
FREE - Berger Forum doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Acclaimed graffiti artist turned tattooist Michael “Kaves” McLeer discusses his groundbreaking new book Skin Graf. He explores the relationship between graffiti and tattoo art, delving into their deep connection and highlighting some of the most cutting-edge artists in the community today. Fellow experts Billy Burke and Sacha Jenkins also join Kaves for a conversation.
Graffiti and tattoos are now firmly entrenched as mainstream art forms. Over the past few decades, these raw products of street culture have converged in a unique visual aesthetic definitively documented for the first time in the compelling and inspirational book Skin Graf: Masters of Graffiti Tattoo (Prestel 2013). Famed graffiti tattoo artist Kaves and tattoo documentarian Billy Burke introduce, one by one, the masters of graffiti tattoo art, their personal stories, and their diverse handiwork. Each chapter contains an in-depth profile, a personal statement, and fascinating photos of studios and clients. Readers learn about the “skin graffiti” process, view brilliant “flash” drawings (design sketches for patrons to choose from), and come away with a new understanding of and appreciation for an art form that transforms the human body into the ultimate canvas for self-expression.
Copies of the book are available for purchase and signing at the event after the audience Q&A.
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I’m happy to announce that two of my closest friends, Howie Abrams and Sacha Jenkins, have a very cool book coming out tomorrow, April 9th called The Merciless Book of Metal Lists. The book is full of dozens of insane lists related to the history of Heavy Metal since Black Sabbath dropped their debut back in 1970, to the present, and throughout its heyday. Tons of great exclusive photos too. Some of the lists were contributed by guys like Kerry King (Slayer), Philip Anselmo (Pantera/Down), Gary Holt (Exodus), Max Cavalera (Sepultura/Soulfly) and a bunch more. Definitely worth checking out, and congrats to them on the release.
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Ces, Med, Samp, Kaves and mug by KR1. Thank you to Metallica for having us down. Big shout out to Randi, Tats Cru, Bailey and C3.