Painting freight trains is a typical form of graffiti on the North American scene. Originating on the West Coast, it seems to have spread all the way to Mexico across the tracks on which these heavy metal monsters circulate.
In the last four years, Afeks has been especially inclined to paying attention to this format, and it’s been sufficient enough time for the label “train writer” to be tacked onto his already established reputation on the Mexican scene. The spark that ignited the wick and caused him to dive into this terrain was the book, “Freight Train”, a publication of pieces by the freight classics such as King157, Jase, Jaber, Ichabod and Jarus; all writers who Afeks had seen running on the railroads.
“Getting that adrenaline rush from being between the train lines and trying to be careful of everything that surrounds you is a sensation that you don’t experience in front of a wall.” (more…)
“My name is Koz Dos, from Caracas, Venezuela; where there are the best beaches and unreal things happen. And in the middle of all the chaos and craziness, you can also find beauty”.
Koz Dos starting painting in his neighbourhood in the year 2004, motivated by the spontaneity, risk, and freedom that graffiti had to offer; “knowing how your day will start yet being unsure of how it will end”. But these interests gradually succumbed to the need to create something new.
According to his words, the best form of creation is in mixing. That’s why his paintings are a mixture of different elements that establish a dialogue with one another depending on the final result. The evolution of his own graffiti, which began with throw-ups and tags, evolved on to colors, volume, and geometry, until it reached the characters that define his current work in which we can now appreciate his stylistic journey.
“Man has been invading and destroying nature since our origins.” (more…)
The speed at which events are triggered in an information saturated world impedes us from cherishing moments that form a part of our history, and with that, being able to treasure the wisdom that those moments bring. Sometimes it’s counteracted by physical elements that impede that part of the story from completely disappearing from the memory of those who lived out the events in person.
One of those elements is the peace wall in Belfast, Northern Ireland; a wall that the British army (remember that Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom) constructed to protect the people of the city from the 1969 riots.
The photographer Rodrigo Mirando has become a classic in the Montana Colors ads aimed at underground graffiti magazines. So, now it’s time to take a closer look at who this guy really is. He himself tells us the stories that are hiding behind three photographs taken for Montana Colors ads. By the way, don’t forget his Instagram.
“I don’t think there is any art form that can represent reality like photography can. Capturing a moment from reality that you can only see through a photo camera.”
Pinta Malasaña is the name of the “metal shutter dignification” project that’s taking place in Madrid’s Malasaña neighborhood.
The event, like many others of its kind, is intended to replace the illegal, codified, and rushed graffiti for permissive works that are more widely acceptable, in an attempt to promote coexistence between urban art and the neighbors of the area.
Guillermo Enforma has taken this opportunity to send a message about tolerance and to promote contemplation about graffiti’s culture importance as well as its institutional rejection, and in affect, it being rejected by society. There’s nothing better than his own words to explain the intervention; an action to “dignify graffiti”. (more…)
Text by Alberto F.
We know it as ghetto style, ignorant style, or anti-style; all those types of graffiti trends that voluntarily try to produce a neglected or even grotesque result. Whether it be in the composition of the letters (deformations that aren’t very harmonic, and randomly added, or cartoonish elements), or in the technique utilized (disregard for uniformity in outlines and fill ins, use of high pressure caps that produce blurry lines, or very poor quality industrial paint), the goal is to try to do what someone would do if they had absolutely no type of knowledge on technique or styles which could be considered “good taste”. (more…)