Rime Draws Inspiration from Classic New York Subway Graffiti

By - Sunday, December 11th, 2011

One of the freshest pieces to come out of the Miami Art Basel week, drew its inspiration from the old school New York subway graffiti era. New Jersey native Rime filled a block-long wall with a seemingly never ending series of 50 characters. On his website he posted reference photos of his inspiration behind the mural, looking at end-to-end whole cars filled with repeated fill-ins by the likes of Seen, Iz the Wiz, and Haze. “This year in Miami the goal was to find a long enough wall to try a new concept, treating bunched characters like a repeated series of throw ups. I wanted to create something that had a similar feel to what writers of the 70′s & 80′s would paint end to end across subway cars.” -Rime “The hope was to paint something that grabbed attention for a few seconds while riding by. The longer the wall, the better. With this in mind, I sketched up the idea using the characters eyes as a constant repeating form. Not knowing how long the wall I would end up painting would be, I showed up with only 12 characters and a “YO” throw up sketched. Getting started with a series of “O” shaped ovals, I ended up marking out spaces for a total of 50 characters.” -Rime For more photos and the full story visit Rime’s website.

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