20/03/2012

Priceless Vandalism

GRWAPHIC GRAFFIGN..
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It may be obvious, but graffiti artists constantly pushing the boundaries of lettering, shapes and colour to the edges of the wall. Like graphic designers in disguise, these individuals have instead hijacked the spray can and have taught themselves robotic precision. Each week, they sketch, they plan and they buy (or if they are part of the fascist hardcore generation of old school die hard graff kings, they steal..) endless cans of paint and go to walls all over the world...

to simply paint, chill, decorate and innovate.


Vibes, London 2012

From my point of view, these individuals are masters of modern graphic design. Their knowledge of letterforms, geometric shapes and colour combination is understated and is in many cases, unrivaled. They are masters of the amateur, determined to acheive perfection. What is scary is that most walls have an expiry date. At any minute a wall could be covered or defaced. Often only the photo lives on, resting in piece on harddrives and blogs all over the world- a sad truth. These
 photo's rarely does justice to the memories of a writer, and it is this non-permanent nature of graffiti that makes it so unique. Now however, a move to studio based graffiti will allow graffiti to touch more people in the future like never before.


King Robbo's wall, Camden, Altered by Banksy



From mind blowing wall to mind blowing wall, the themes, combinations and ideas baffle the viewer endlessly. But where it will end? For some, sponsership, others, a career in Art marked by the move over to canvas. Painters like Vans, Berst, Askew, Jurne and Kems are sponsered by Ironlak. But for heads like Dicer, Drax, Jasik, Toupe, Daos, Mr KIES and thousands of others the objective is simple:
to paint, explore, satisfy and to enjoy.


Vans the Omega, 2012

Kies, WILDCANS, 2012


Others are on a real mission... Serious crews like Mad Society Kings, Heavy Artillery, Represent London have many projects, I.e. Towns with Ground release, and are moving deep into the Fine art world.
Roid (HA, MSK) is now making work fit for top level galleries and is selling for real money. Aroe (HA), among many others are working with Galleries such as Rarekind, making screenprints
 and other niceties..

Towns, RT crew, Ground release, and internationally diverse wall initiative


From Wall...


Aroe, B-Boy Wall, 2012



To Gallery..

Aroe, Screen Print, Rarekind Gallery

From Wall...


Roid, London, 2011

To Gallery..

Roid, 303, Ink and Acrylic
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PRICELESS VANDALISM


Whats interests me is the blur between legal and illegal. Graffiti, ideally should be illegal. When it's legal, its crisp, but dry. (like a Pinot grigio?) but when it's illegal, its smokey, and sweet, (like a Jack on ice)... but big generalisations aside, it is the writers that get the balance right who truely hit the nail on the head.
For example, Horphe from Paris or Smash137 from Bern. Horphe on the one hand, is an all night, all city bomber, who hits spots all over the French capital from roof tops, train tracks, side roads, trucks and pretty much anything going . On the flip side, he is currently doing a Degree in Fine Art at University, and his studio works are now fetching a high prices amongst the several galleries he has appeared in internationally. 
What a dude... smashing it and cashing in...


Horphe, Paris, 2012


Horphe, Unititled, 2011,  Goache on Paper


Smash 137 is another great example. His letter forms, colours and untouchable can skill is known the world wide. From his home town of Bern, Switzerland, he has developed his unique style, spraying on trains, tracksides, abandoned buildings and in many cities- all largely illegal productions. Things are changing though now for Smash. He has appeared in a number of galleries, anonymously, to protect him from arrest. But in his most recent show at Galerie Celal in Paris, his identity was revealed. His studio works, all inspired by his illegal works are now worth a lot of money. Again, Smashing it, and cashing in... (big-pun)



Smash and Sweet, Probably Switzerland, 2011

Smash Himself, at Galerie Celal


Untitled, Smash 2011, Spray paint on Card


My point is really that graffiti is a dish best served illegal, but no quams if not. The main thing is that you enjoy it. That's great if your nicking cans and bombing the shit out of the sketchiest spots all night, or if you pay for your Montana Golds, and paint 9 hour legal walls in your local village, your still a bad man. Either way, your doing shit the way you want to.

Bitches know.