• MONTANA COLORS ’20 YEARS, 20 WRITERS’ RECAP

    Published by on 6 de September de 2014 at 19:37

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    It’s possible that 20 writers isn’t enough to represent the amount of support people have given to Montana Colors, this 20 year fantasy turned reality. Maybe for that reason, this past Thursday the Barcelona Montana Gallery Barcelona was flooded by people who came to see the exhibition ’20 Years 20 Writers’. (more…)

  • THE BEST CHOICE: BUFA

    Published by on 20 de November de 2012 at 21:00

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    Bufa and metro are two words that goes very well together, and with Hardcore 2, even better. That is why we thought it was a good idea to invite this writer to Barcelona for our ‘The Best Choice‘. You might say he went to work even deeper than just six feet…

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  • THE BEST CHOICE: SUNE

    Published by on 19 de October de 2012 at 20:30

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    Hardcore is the most emblematic can of the Montana Colors brand.

    15 years ago it became the weapon of choice for graffiti writers and artists with its innovative 400ml format and high pressure valve.

    Project Hardcore 2 has improved the formula to provide a higher quality paint, increasing coverage and accelerating drying, all presented with a new color palette. This Hardcore 2 is a tool whose usefulness lies in its 5 main features: Quantity, coverage, pressure, colors and drying time.

    A number of writers will be invited to test the new Hardcore 2 and we take the opportunity to ask them a  number of interesting questions that go parallel with these 5 features.

    Presentation:

    I am Sune, i was born in Zamora where i began painting in the early nineties, and for the moment I’m living Salamanca and can’t tell you where ill be tomorrow.

    QUANTITY
    What is the maximum amount of pieces you’ve made in one day?

    if you refer to walls with piece and background and all, I would say two. Throw ups and silvers i would guess quite some more.

    COVERAGE
    In what cities of the world have you painted?

    Basel, Winthertur, Bremen, Hamburg, Weisbaden, Milan, Toulouse and almost all provinces of Spain.

    PRESSURE
    What is the biggest problem you’ve had painting?

    Rather than a problem i would call it an anecdote: Once before i turned 18 i got picked up painting in my hometown, and the police called the mayor because he wanted to get to know me… I got quite yelled at!!

    COLORS
    Why have you chosen this colors this time?

    uhmm.. I don’t know, I picked these colors because they caught my eye when I was in the shop. Some of them I’ve tried before and knew they where good, others just to try them out.

    DRYING

    Whats the longest period you’ve gone without painting?

    You notice it after a week. After 2 weeks its unbearable, and after 3 to 4 weeks you don’t know what to do with yourself. I believe thats the longest that my body endured it, even if i admit that life makes it harder and harder to keep painting as time goes.

    Your opinion on Harcore 2?

    I had forgotten what its like to do lines with the classic Hardcore, its soft and clean. Im amazed by the new colors that came out, even if i miss some of the old ones like morado, marron tabaco, logo etc.. They cover great and they dry up in no time.. I really liked painting with them!

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  • THE BEST CHOICE: HARDCORE 2 MIKE BAM INTERVIEW

    Published by on 4 de October de 2012 at 21:00

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    I am Mike Bam of TWS (Together With Style) from San Francisco and 808Urban from Hawaii.  I was born & raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, but now I live in San Francisco.

    QUANTITY
    How many pieces have you made on the longest painting day you did?

    I’m not a bomber anymore, so I usually just do 1 piece in 1 day. However, the most number of pieces I have done is only 2 in one day.

    COVERAGE
    In what cities have you painted?

    In the USA, I’ve painted in Honolulu, Hawaii. I’ve paint mostly in the Northern California Bay Area cities of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. I’ve also painted in Los Angeles, New York City, New Jersey, Chicago, Hiroshima, Japan and now Barcelona!

    PRESSURE
    Which is the biggest issue you have faced while painting?

    I have been caught by the police before, but interestingly, it is NOT the worst story that I have.  Bad stories are because of situations when your life is in danger.  Therefore the worst story I have is about the day that my friends and I back in the late 80′s found a way to get into the San Francisco BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) tunnels. It was through what looked like an air vent structure that had a door. There was about 5 of us in our group and when the last writer in our group shut the door behind him as we entered the tunnel, we all were in shock because the door locked behind us! We were trapped in the subway tunnels! While all my friends where stoked and thought it was cool that we were in the BART Train tunnels, I realized that we had to figure out how to get out. So while they were tagging and taking pictures, I yelled at them that we needed to figure out the timing of the trains and what the interval of time was between when trains pass by.  This was because we needed to run to the next trains station to get out and there was no space between the narrow platforms and the train tracks, so we would need to run to the next station immediately after a train passes and hope that it would only take 5-10 minutes to get to the next station.  Luckily we made it and no one died that day!

    COLORS
    What color combinations have you chosen this time and why?

    Being from Hawaii, I immediately choose greens and blues since I love the ocean and green mountains. However, since I just painted with Musa I tried out her clown colors, which is mostly warm colors.  I also like what American writers call the “Bubble Gum” colors of hot pink, banner red, lava orange and pistachio green. I never use black as an outline color. Estria(painting partner) and I usually use the darkest of any color to be an outline color.  I also never use pure white since I would rather use the lightest of any MTN94 color, like Angel Blue.

    DRYING
    What is the maximum time you have gone without painting?

    I stopped writing for a good 15 years, so that technically would be the longest amount of time. Currently, I sometimes go without painting for 2 weeks and I start to get the “fever” or “itch” to want to do a piece or just paint with the spraycan.  I try to paint at least every weekend (Saturday or Sunday), but it’s hard as I’m older now and have a full time office job during the day.  I have to spend time with my wife and family and balance that out also.

    What you think of the experience using Hardcore 2?

    I first tried Naranja Pastel on a concrete wall that was not buffed. It went on very opaque and I was surprised how even coverage hardcore dos is right now! It is similar to MTN94 because I don’t have to wait longer for it to dry.  Before I would have to wait a little longer for Hardcore to dry when mixing it with MTN94 due to the older mixture having a little more solvent. The new Hardcore 2 solves that problem. To me, it seems just a little thicker so light colors can cover darker colors.  At first a few local writers were mad because the darkest
    colors from the original Hardcore line are now not manufactured. However, I just tell them to use MTN94 or the MTN Alien line if they still want to use those dark or super light colors.

    I have to paint faster now when doing pieces so Hardcore 2 is perfect for me with it’s fast pressure with a Pink Dot fat cap. Therefore it forces me to paint faster.  The faster the better!

    Thanks for interviewing me. I hope to do more pieces with Hardcore2 coming soon!


  • THE BEST CHOICE: 127 GANG

    Published by on 7 de September de 2012 at 22:00

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    QUANTITY
    How many pieces have you made on the longest painting day you did?

    Reve: Pieces 2, throw-up’s 9, tags 127
    Adios:
    Can’t really remember exactly, but 3 or 4 pieces for sure. Im not really in to quantity.
    Cable:
    I really don’t remember that well, but in one of those express trips where you have to get up in the whole city i remember painting a lot, can’t say how much exactly.

    COVERAGE
    In what cities have you painted?

    R: In Spain I’ve painted in all the important cities. I also went around some in Europe…
    Paris, Lion, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin, Lisbon, London.
    A:
    Places I’ve visited.. United states, Germany, Switzerland, France and large parts of Spain.
    C:
    Countries.. Portugal, UK, France, Germany, Sweden, United states and most Spanish territory…

    PRESSURE
    Which is the biggest issue you have faced while painting?

    R: I don’t know what to say.. painting has given me a lot of problems, but good things as well.
    A: The biggest problems I’ve had has been with my girlfriend for going painting (laughing), the rest like running, getting hit, falling, trials and beeing in lock up is all part of the game.
    C: Theres been some trouble here and there…

    COLORS
    What color combinations have you chosen this time and why?

    R: The ingredients are mostly the same, what i change is way the of mixing them with each other.
    A: Colors don’t matter to me, Usually i have some even of right now I’m more involved with chrome for the moment.
    C: I like choosing in the moment.

    DRYING
    What is the maximum time you have gone without painting?

    R: Well the the longest i went without painting was about 4 months because of a broken leg.
    A:
    Phheeww, about 2 or 3 months tops, i don’t believe more…
    C: Becoming a dad kind of slowed me down a bit (laughs).

    What you think of the experience using Hardcore 2?

    R: The spot says it all THE REAL EVOLUTION.
    A:
    Generally good, new colors, a bit higher pressure, faster and it dries instantly and the paint is better. Makes it easier to paint fast in places where its needed, hahaha..
    C: Hardcore 2: covers good and excellent pressure. Dries really fast.

  • THE BEST CHOICE: SABE

    Published by on 18 de August de 2012 at 17:00

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    SABE
    (Denmark)


    QUANTITY
    How many pieces have you made on the longest painting day you did?

    50 throw-ups in a day.

    COVERAGE
    In what cities have you painted?

    Norway, Sweden, Germany, Greece, Usa (New York), Thailand, Spain (Barcelona), Finland, Holland and Italy.

    PRESSURE
    Which is the biggest issue you have faced while painting?

    Getting caught and being in jail.

    COLORS
    What color combinations have you chosen this time and why?

    I tried the new hardcore 2: the Avatar blue, and the Christiania. When I’ve used to mix the colors, I’ve tried to do this one. I think is my favourite color.

    DRYING
    What is the maximum time you have gone without painting?

    Since 1985 I can’t stay more than 3 weeks without painting or I get frustate.

    What you think of the experience using Hardcore 2?

    I prefer 94, but the hardcore is really nice. Where I come from in winter we can be10 degrees under 0… So I don’t know if it will work.