During 2010, you were able to enjoy a large variety of forms and styles in our programmed expositions in the MONTANA GALLERY BARCELONA space.
One of the collections which stood out, without a doubt, is that of SANER, DHEAR, and NEUZZ. These three guys from MEXICO DF came across the ocean to show us their graphic interpretation of the images which circulate in their minds, products of their dreams, and fiction mixed with the traditional Mexican culture.
For a few weeks, they managed to bring us into their imaginary world, and we didn’t want to miss the opportunity to have a chat with them so that they could tell us more about their motivations.
The work was done with various colors and ranges of MTN 94.
Herokid has the pleasure of presenting us with the second chapter of the Concrete Walls Project supported by Montana Colors / Mtn-World.com.
“Shouts of color, flooding the outskirts of Barcelona”
GR 170 was born, and now paints and lives, in the outskirts of Barcelona. He began painting in 2001, and now considers himself to be “a painting addict, who loves painting on the streets, and the stale smell of plastic (paint) in the morning”.
Due to the zero tolerance police, and the hypocrisy of the government bodies behind it, the creation of murals on the streets of Barcelona has become more and more restricted. For this, and other, reasons, the majority of murals created are illegal, and done with no profit in mind, in abandoned factories, tunnels, motorway bridges, and any other places with big cement walls which are not watched over by police.
More color on the streets!
As we’ve mentioned on MTN-WORLD, Montana Colors actively participated as a sponsor in PRIMARY FLIGHT in MIAMI, a few months ago. The event, which is one of the most important graffiti events in the USA, drew veterans, top artists, and young talents, of the spray-can art. So we took advantage of this huge meeting of minds and talents to revisit with NOAH BANKS, as producer, and RIME (MSK, AWR), as protagonist, after his experience in Europe in 2010, this time in the city of bass… Bounce!
RIME, a few months ago you took part in Primary Flight in Miami. How was the experience? Did you end up staying a few days extra?
Looking back, heading out to Miami this year was a successful and memorable experience. Like most artists who come down I stayed for the week the events were happening.
Since it’s the city of Miami Bass, and has a well-known club culture, we imagine you went to a few parties during your stay. What is the night-life like in Miami?
I would say that I did most of my drinking on the street, in front of the walls I was painting. Aside from that we went to a few art openings and after parties. Did a bit of classic Joe style dance moves at one club that was not on the bass tip. Also got down at a waterfront house party on the last night.
Speaking of graffiti, what kind of things did you see there? Was there anything that particularly surprised you?
This year was an overload of the best work coming from many top-notch writers. How & Nosm produced a really impressive wall. Anything MSK/ AWR related, The TMD’s or Dabs & Myla, were all some of my favorites.
Did you get the most from your scooter?
The scooter came in quite handy, especially when weaving in and out of traffic and for parking in South Beach.
We saw that you shared the main wall with Estria, Apex, Bam, Vogue, Chor Boogie, Neon, and Jase… how was that?
It was a pleasure working with those guys. They all had a great attitude and committed work ethic. I admire their ability to work for 16 hours straight on a wall, then somehow be able to show up at 9am the following morning to go at it again. I also go for many hours straight, but the difference is my morning starts at noon.
We were recently sent this video by Noah Banks. The last time you two collaborated was for the experience in Barcelona; how do you think it turned out?
Working with Noah is always a pleasure. He is one of the few film guys out there that can work successfully without invading your space. Often i have to look around to see if he is still with me! If you were to ask Noah this same question about me, the first sentence would be nice but the second or third would be something about me being a pain in the ass with pushing my own ideas forward.
Noah has become very familiar with how much input or notes I provide during the editing process. I feel that it should be a collaborative venture between the camera man and the artist, hopefully without one invading too much on the other. In the end, all parties should feel proud to attach their names to any project they put their full attention into.
Lately, I been Ism’ing everything. It’s a popular old school add on to something or someone that exists.
And how was your tour of Europe? Pretty crazy in parts, we imagine? Would you like to return?
Any trip I have taken to Europe has been memorable. I went out to Europe on three occasions last year totaling about 54 days in six countries. I plan on returning again to Dublin, Ireland to attend this years All City Jam. With opportunities popping up randomly, I am sure that I will be out there at other points of 2011.
As for the Art Basel fair which coincides with the event, do you have anything interesting to tell us about that? From an artist’s point of view, what’s your opinion of the market situation? Do you benefit from it in any way?
It’s kind of strange for me to keep throwing the name Art Basel around every time I talk about trips down to Miami in December. The truth is that I have never gone into the Art Basel convention in both years I’ve attended. There was just too much great work going on outside for me to slow it down and head indoors. I come to Miami for the graffiti and any art shows related, that’s just the truth of the matter.
In this current video by Noah Banks, the dude got it right when he said “the art outside is more beautiful than the art going on inside”, comparing the murals to gallery events.
I’m saying, why leave your cold ass cities in December, to go down to Miami and spend the bulk of your time indoors? If I had it my way, art making, observing and appreciation would always be an outdoor activity.
We imagine you’ll be taking part in lots of projects in 2011. At what point in your career as a writer do you find yourself? And as an illustrator?
It’s kind of hard to gage where I’m at, or how my career compares to last year or the year before. I do know that I travelled more in 2010 than in any other year. On the plane back from Panama last week, I counted up the amount of time I spent out town and compared it to the amount of time I spent home. With just under 10 months of travel and 2 months of laying at home watching Netflix in my boxers, I’d say it’s been a very productive year! The hope is that all of this effort put in leads to new opportunities and projects in 2011. I want to work on some new and innovative stuff this year, so hit me up if you have something good!
* ‘Revok’ by Rime
Any final words for the followers of MTN-WORLD?
Being a graffiti writer in 2011 is exhausting! Worldwide seems to be the ongoing standard, never mind All City.
Dear friends, MTN-WORLD readers, clients, and MONTANA COLORS followers in general.
We’re pleased to present our MONTANA COLORS calendar which we launch each year.
In each of these projects, we try to present our products in a different way, and for this year’s calendar, we’ve collaborated with an artist who has true passion for graffiti, the photographer from Madrid, JEOSM, who works in our recently inaugurated Madrid store, and who is the author of the photography book ‘Realidad’ (2010).
You can download a printable PDF version from this link, to send to friends and acquaintances.
Below, you can see a preview, page by page, month by month, via ISSUU:
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We hope that you will stay by our side in 2011, and that we can turn your dreams into reality, in various forms and colors. We wish you a happy and prosperous new year!
Interview with SEN2, graffiti writer (4Burners crew) and owner of DA BAKERY Store (South Bronx, NY).
How are things going in the neighborhood? We imagine that you spend most of your time in the Bronx, what with living and working there.
First and foremost I would like to thank Montana Colors for the opportunity they’ve given me to be a part of this Limited Edition.
I spend a lot of time in the neighborhood and the store (Da Bakery). The shop is four stops from my house, in the south Bronx, lines 2 and 5.
In just a few words, could you define for us your relationship with New York?
I’ve got so many words that describe New York for me. She took me in like I was her child, and gave me the opportunity form a part of the hip-hop movement.
There’s something nostalgic in your Limited Edition; could you tell us what process you went through to create the can? What are the elements it’s made up of?
When I found out I was about to be a part of this Limited Edition, the first thing I did is calmly take the whole city in for awhile. I then realized that it had something in common; first,it’s the most beautiful city in the world, and second, it is the place where hip-hop began. The city gave me the opportunity to be who I am and channel my efforts into graffiti art.
Why did you decide to design the can in two tones? Why the color blue?
Even though my favorite color is red, the blue signifies hope, triumph, and if you look up at the sky, it’s the color of everything that surrounds us.
What kind of response did you receive from your Limited Edition? Did it turn out how you imagined?
I never thought it would turn out like that. I was surprised when I saw it. I felt like I had accomplished something really big in my life. The props I got from my friends and everyone around me has been amazing. Everyone is asking for it!
What’s the graffiti scene in the city like? After three such intense decades, is there still motivation on the streets? Is there still interest?
It is a bit different, because in the eighties it was more about trains and bombing, but now it’s a bit limited because of the laws and restrictions. These days guys paint for the fame, not because it comes from their heart, even though many like myself and my homies solely dedicate ourselves to representing NYC, the World’s capital.
You’re the owner of the Da Bakery graffiti shop which opened its doors in May 2009; how’s the business going, after a year and a half?
To start, I have to say it is very complicated to be a graff writer and shop owner, because the later takes up so much time. I have a familly, travel for work…It’s not easy, but I’ve learned so much along the way in the business.
Could you give us some anecdotes which happened to you in the shop in 2010? What’s the current exposition, and what do you have programmed for 2011?
So much has happened in so little time. I’ve had Europeans, Japanese, Mexicans, Chileans, etc. come through here in the South Bronx. A little of everything. It’s changed the image of the South Bronx.
In the last few years, many graffiti writers that were active during the ’70s and ’80s have started promoting themselves again; what’s your opinion on that?
I think it is a great idea that they’ve come back on to the newer scene with a good constructive criticism. You’ve gotta respect the new generation because they are the ones keeping graffiti alive and through them the old school stays recognized. That way graff continues to go forward with new colors and ideas.
What are the relationships like between the most active writers in the city?
The relationships are good. I am simple and humble. I get along with everybody. I don’t have favoritisms.
Does the message “From the original Bronx, with the original Montana” make sense?
That’s real talk!. Montana Colors and the South Bronx are united for being original, anything else is a lie.
Sen2 Collection 1986. Boricua till I die. Peace
A few days we ago, we told you about the first exposition from the GREETINGS crew. And then one of its members, the writer from Lyon, OGRE (LCF-PORNOSTARZ-GREETINGS), sent us this Christmas greeting; there’s nothing better than using colors and a wall to express, and a video to spread, a Christmas greeting! Thanks!
Produced by Kidnowism. Music: Bobby Helms. “Jingle Bell Rock”.