I Love Graffiti DE http://ilovegraffiti.de Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:50:28 +0000 de-DE hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.14 I’ve spent 17 years traveling the world painting in hundreds of cities – An interview with VANS THE OMEGA http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/04/28/ive-spent-17-years-traveling-the-world-painting-in-hundreds-of-cities-an-interview-with-vans-the-omega/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/04/28/ive-spent-17-years-traveling-the-world-painting-in-hundreds-of-cities-an-interview-with-vans-the-omega/#comments Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:45:30 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27642 [more]]]> v-top

Vans The Omega has made his unique mark on the graffiti culture worldwide over the last decades. We have featured his work in the past here at ILG and it was only natural for us to check in on him to see whats up in his world in 2017. During the making of this interview he became the father to a beautiful a baby girl named Violet, and still managed to finish the interview, a testament to his positive mindset and dedication to our culture. Thank you Joel and all the best to you and your family from ILG!

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ILG: Please introduce yourself
Vans: Hello my name is Joel. Some people call me Vans, Omega and various others acquired names over 40 years. Today more commonly known as Vans the Omega.

ILG: How did you start and where are you today?
Vans: Like most 70’s kids in the 80’s we were exposed to graffiti at an infant stage in Australia, which was pretty similar to most of the developed world apart from the US. By the age of 5 I was already obsessed with the colorful rasta looking fills and giant names and random words. Actually many years before I had even heard of the word graffiti I was doodling styles with pencil, crayons, water color brush and ink of my parents names, logos of skateboard companies and nick names that I started making up.
Today 35 years on I am still in love with letters and focused on pushing my art and letters till death do us part.

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ILG: Whats the scene like in Adelaide in general and how is it for you to be painting there?
Vans: Adelaide is a smaller scene and very spread out. Incredible talent has come from my home city and many of the originators here are still active today. For many years I have kept more to myself and a small group of mates which are more like family really. Trust is a must👍🏻

ILG: You started out painting letters, and now you paint much more than, where do you come up with what to paint next?
Vans: I’ve always found it hard to keep repeating the same things and experimentation was a huge part of my growth as a kid. I didn’t care how a lot of my work looked when I was younger and tried everything and focused on doing backgrounds, characters and super tech neat shit. After concentrating on letters for 20 years I started pushing more on the abstract side mainly through a sense of boredom with continually doing the same letters and the need to push myself and learn new ways of communicating my inner drive and creativity. Everything around me in the natural and architectural world inspires what I paint and in the past 4 years I’ve focused on portraits of friends and taking all the knowledge of painting letters into figurative works.

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ILG: Social media, how do you like them, and how do you use them?
Vans: I’m a little bit more old school in the way that it’s not particularly something I enjoy to push myself on others and you won’t find me posting selfies by any means, but I do understand it’s a tool and I approach it this way. Yes I want people to have access to my body of work and social media provides the quickest way to do this.

How did computers, smartphones and the internet change graffiti?
In some ways it was just a distraction and the way a lot of people sought cheap fame by taking other people’s innovation and pushing it as there own on a world stage. The other side of the coin is that it brought a lot of us closer together and opened up an amazing global community which has accelerated and lifted the art form as a whole.

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ILG: You have travelled and painted in many places, why all the floating around? What did you learn, what was most memorable?
Vans: I think living so far away in Australia forced us all to look outside our little scene a lot and mags like Hype brought the world to us. We were seeing guys like Merda, Paris, Peril, Broke, Seiz, Atome and Kasino all exchanging work and traveling often overseas to paint in the early 90’s, so for me it seemed like a natural progression to travel and do graffiti. In late 1999 I was stabbed 5 times and was lucky to survive and I felt like a change of scenery and decided to visit my brother in London in Jan 2000. Like everyone says I got the travel bug and I’ve spent 17 years traveling the world painting in hundreds of cities.
I think Copenhagen in 2000 has a special place in my heart. It was so amazing as a writer and was full of funky burners, S-train panels rolling through main station all day long.
I’ve loved so many of my travel adventures but the truth is that the people you meet along the way always make it.

ILG: Inspiration, what makes you paint, who inspires you?
Vans: Painting is like eating after this many years. Still tasty and feels necessary to live haha. Creating art has become like a spiritual practice for me personally with a good twist of fun that keeps me energized constantly. I’m mainly inspired by seeing my friends improve and push boundaries all over the globe.

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ILG: Health, food, mindset and so on are very important to you, let us in on some secrets…
Vans: I like to eat within my value and truth set. I couldn’t kill an animal so I don’t eat it. I’ve learnt a lot from ancient cultures and believe that the food we eat plays a direct roll in the way we act and feel so I eat a conscious vegetarian non dairy diet. Being aware of the roll our mind plays and it’s mechanism is really important to the way we live.

ILG: Exhibitions and prints, you are starting to move into this area, whats it like and what are you trying to accomplish here?
Vans: Working outside of walls has always been hard for me as I will take any excuse to paint outdoors if I can. Painting in a studio setting is a completely different feeling and falls more in line with my meditation practice than anything else. Hopefully when I am in the zone something spontaneous happens and creativity drives forward in a lasting sense with strength and conviction.
In the near future I plan to step into oil painting and find a new way of painting to combine styles and fresh ideas in my work. I’ll worry about the gallery game after the works are built and the work is done.

ILG: Do you have goals you have already accomplished, and what goals do you have for the future?
Vans: I’ve accomplished most goals I have set in my life. These days my goals lie more in being the best human I can be and giving back to this earth. I feel very rich for the life I have already lived so everything feels like a cherry on top.

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ILG: Describe a regular good day for you?
Vans: Lets start with and amazing vegan breakfast, fresh ground coffee beans and a car where my wife and baby Violet are sitting and a boot full of paint. I don’t need much to be happy- fresh air will do.

ILG: Got any sayings or mottos or oneliners about graffiti?
Vans: There is no keeping it real. Real is an individuals truth not someone elses.

ILG: Any last words?
Vans: Get out of your own way and you will have the most incredible life you would have never dreamt of.

ILG: Do you love graffiti?
Vans: Graffiti has been dear to me for most of my life and it’s till death do us part

List your online medias:

Insta- @vanstheomega
Twitter @vanstheomega
FB Vans the Omega
Snapchat @vanstheomega

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STREET ATELIER – L’ATLAS Studio Visit http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/04/28/street-atelier-latlas-studio-visit/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/04/28/street-atelier-latlas-studio-visit/#comments Fri, 28 Apr 2017 09:40:24 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27643 [more]]]> 02-LAtlas

„While the work I’m doing today is larger scale and in this case, higher concept, it’s still pure graffiti in many ways. The design we created for this New York installation is actually my name and tag. I’m always inspired by the original spirit of my art, which was rooted in hip-hop and graffiti.“

Since many years we follow French painter, photographer and video artist L’Atlas for some good reason. He studied calligraphy and typography and made a name for himself by combining calligraphy, graffiti, geometry and text. ATLAS is an artist that should be kept an eye on.We decided to feature him at our web series STREET ATELIER in cooperation with ARTE CREATIVE!

„For several years, I’ve been trying to fill the space of my paintings playing on the balance between full and empty. I was first inspired by the oriental calligraphic proportions, where white takes three quarters of the space and black one quarter. Then black and white were adjusted to take each half of the space in my paintings. The eye is then asked to read both the full and the empty. It is for this reason that my paintings were at that stage hybrid: they belong to both the history of calligraphy and the kinetic art. I subsequently screened the full and the void with square grids to blur the readability of the word and, in parallel, to increase the retinal vibration. With hindsight or through photography, the eye sees the ideogram appear and remain, according to the recurring formal structure of my name written this way.

I play on mental structural persistence so from one canvas to another that the eye sees the pattern by superimposing a similar mnemonic form . To this I added different shades of gray to break the flatness often inflicted by the exclusive use of black and white. Gray softens the kinetic effect by increasing the spatial volume of the paint. Finally I realized when making my cryptograms that the steps were often richer, more complex and universal in their abstraction, than the final idea I had initially. It is for this reason that I decided to isolate some of these steps and present them as final works.

In the same spirit, I took away the letters of my name, leaving only two square grids extracted form the ciphertext. I can not go further in the work of the full. I work now by subtraction, to recover the void. Studies on paper of my cryptograms in black marker on screen-printed grilles are also a step in this direction.

By removing my name, I give away the narcissistic spirit of graffiti in favor of a work based on minimum geometric abstraction.

This is how I brought my painting from meticulous calligraphy to abstraction.“

Artist Website: latlas.org

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Henry’s Vault http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/04/25/henrys-vault/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/04/25/henrys-vault/#comments Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:23:06 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27631 What does Henry Chalfant keep in his basement? Some iconic photographs perhaps? Check out this video and find out…



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SKEW- Whatyouwrite.com – Rest In Peace http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/04/24/skew-whatyouwrite-rest-in-peace/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/04/24/skew-whatyouwrite-rest-in-peace/#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:31:31 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27610 [more]]]>

In the 90’s, before the internet became the main way to see graffiti, I was trading letters and photos via old fashioned mail with people all over the world. One of them was Skew from Paris. He would always send letters back quickly with a few recent photos of some graffiti from Paris or New York and scribbled graffiti handstyled letter. We never met in real life, but our mail exchange was fruitful for years. Later Skew went on to do www.whatyouwrite.com which for many years in the 00’s was a prime source of graffiti photos and tons of gossip in the guestbook. We at ilovegraffiti are very sad to learn about his passing, and we send our respect and condolences to the loved ones he leaves behind. Rest in peace Skew!
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There is a fundraiser page to support his family right here, please support!

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Instawall by FINO & ZIBAR at BERLIN Teufelsberg http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/04/24/instawall-by-fino-zibar-at-berlin-teufelsberg/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/04/24/instawall-by-fino-zibar-at-berlin-teufelsberg/#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:07:06 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27605 [more]]]> Graffiti artists FINO and ZIBAR freshly painted a wall dedicated to instagram at BERLIN Teufelsberg, a former listening station by the US National Security Agency. Make sure to follow CANION BERLIN on insta!

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Astron – Finland – Rest in peace http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/04/24/astron-finland-rest-in-peace/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/04/24/astron-finland-rest-in-peace/#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:23:33 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27602 [more]]]>
We learned over the weekend that oldschool graffiti legend from Finland, Astron, has passed away. Astron made a huge impact on graffiti in Finland early on, and was on the of the finnish writers that gained international exposure back when graffiti media started in Europe. Rest in peace Astron.
A collection of his piece can be seen in these 2 video:

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SEEN and RISK interview: We just started spreading this graffiti disease from country to country… http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/04/24/seen-and-risk-interview-we-just-started-spreading-this-graffiti-disease-from-country-to-country/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/04/24/seen-and-risk-interview-we-just-started-spreading-this-graffiti-disease-from-country-to-country/#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:44:49 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27597 [more]]]>

Seen and Risk visited the 2nd Urban Art fair in Paris this past weekend, and did a quick interview , you can listen to them right here:

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The ORLINES wholetrain http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/04/21/the-orlines-wholetrain/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/04/21/the-orlines-wholetrain/#comments Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:03:45 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27593 orlineswt

Fresh out of Russia, this is the video for The Orlines wholetrain in St.Petersburg!

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MARTHA COOPER solo show in New York http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/04/20/martha-cooper-solo-show-in-new-york/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/04/20/martha-cooper-solo-show-in-new-york/#comments Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:55:47 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27573 [more]]]> Screen Shot 2017-04-20 at 21.09.50

Photography legend Martha Cooper has a new solo show at Steven Kasher Gallery in New York featuring her photography from all over the world.
Brooklyn Streetart has a nice indepth article about the show here. And The New York Times Photo section also has an article here and a slideshow here. The show looks amazing on this photoseries from Brooklyn Streetart and photographer Jaime Rojo
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KEITH HARING documentary http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/04/19/keith-haring-documentary/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/04/19/keith-haring-documentary/#comments Wed, 19 Apr 2017 10:01:20 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27567 [more]]]> Keith-Haring-Berlin-1986.-Photo-Vladimir-Sichov-865x577

Full 30 minutes documentary on Keith Haring, featuring rare footage and interviews with Keith himself and shows some of the major works at the end of his career, including his famous painting of the Berlin wall in 1986!

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40 not so clean trains from NEW YORK CITY http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/04/09/40-not-so-clean-trains-from-new-york-city/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/04/09/40-not-so-clean-trains-from-new-york-city/#comments Sun, 09 Apr 2017 14:25:11 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27517 [more]]]> Since the MTA (the NYC transit authority) cleaned up the fleet of subway cars and ended the era of painted running trains in 1989, the trains painted since have been referred to as „clean trains“. MTA have been outspoken about not running any trains with paint on them, and seeing one has since been a rare sight in New York which before was famous worldwide for having graffiti on their subway trains. Lately there seem to be an increase of „clean trains“ popping up on social medias, solid proof that the tradition of painting trains is still alive and well and the digital age where everyone have a phone with a camera in their pocket help everyone see these painted trains…
Here is selection of so called „clean trains“ from the New York City subway system:

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The documentarists – Part 1 – SANDER DUTCHAEROSOL http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/03/30/the-documentarists-part-1-sander-dutchaerosol/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/03/30/the-documentarists-part-1-sander-dutchaerosol/#comments Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:09:40 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27480 [more]]]> We are starting a new series of interviews and profiles here at ILG called „The documentarists“. The role of the documentarist have through the history of graffiti been a very important one and everyone is familiar with their work. Its time to shine some light on some of them, give them a chance to speak their mind and see some of their best documentation. Without their work, a lot of our movement would be buffed and forgotten.

We start the series with SANDER DUTCHAEROSOL from Holland.

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ILG: Please introduce yourself
Sander: Hello, my name is Sander and I’m a 36-year-old graffiti nut from Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
I make my living in a psychiatric hospital in the city, where I work with patients who suffer from severe mental illnesses and often other related problems as well, like drug or alcohol addictions.
As you can probably guess it’s pretty demanding work. To let off steam and escape the absurdities I encounter on a daily basis, I enjoy hitting the road armed with my camera to shoot some fresh new paint layers on the local walls, trains and subways.

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ILG: How did you start with photography and graffiti?
Sander: The passion for photography started way before my fascination for graffiti.
When I was a little rugrat in the early 80’s, my mom had a pretty sweet SLR camera and developed all her own work herself in the dark room.
She gave me my first camera, her old one, which didn’t leave my side for the longest time. She taught me about composition, lighting, timing, the works.
Turned out I had a bit of a knack for it but, as it goes with children most of the time, after a while I became interested in all sorts of other things and my camera started to collect more and more dust.
Somewhere in the beginning of this century I bought my first DSLR and rekindled my passion for photography.
It was during a hard time in my life and photography was my way to escape all the shit I was dealing with at that moment. As soon as I had my camera in my hands I was only focused on the object or person in front of my lens and the technical aspect of the shot I was about to make. It brought me much needed peace of mind and became almost a form of meditation.
I knew right away that I wanted to start shooting graffiti.
For as long as I can remember I’ve felt strangely drawn to urban decay in all its forms. Anything from abandoned factories, taken over by mother nature to completely tagged up walls or paint-covered trains and subways.
There is such beauty in decay and I wanted to capture it all.
I was lucky enough to have a best friend, Alan, with the same love for graffiti and for years we teamed up every weekend to go out and shoot all the local hall of fames and to visit every major graffiti event or exposition in the area.

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ILG: How do you cover graffiti today?
Sander: At the moment I’m not as active as I used to be. I work full time and have little spare time left to shoot pictures. I still go out whenever I can, especially when I get a heads up from someone about „something special“ I just have to see. Most of it is strictly for my own personal archive these days. I don’t really feel the urge anymore to share every shot I make on social media, liked I used to do for years.
The most recent thing that really caught my interest was the recent increase in activity on the subway lines in Amsterdam. For months now I see carriage after carriage pass by with huge panels on them by local and international artists.
There were even a couple that were painted top to bottom. Really dope.

ILG: Whats your favorite spots to shoot, or how do you get your best shots?
Sander: My favourite spot here in Amsterdam has to be the local freightyard at the ‘Westerlijk Havengebied’ (Western Harbor), near Sloterdijk train station.
Especially at night, with all the freight trains stationed under tall spotlights, the area has an eerie beauty to it. It’s also a great place to spot work by the legendary Delta.
I get my best shots in all sorts of ways. Sometimes it takes an hour to set up the tripod and whatnot to get a clean long exposure shot and sometimes you have to be lightning-quick to capture a piece on a passing train.

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ILG: Through you, we have seen some nice events and exhibitions, whats it like to cover them?
Sander: The best thing about covering graffiti events is that I get to document something that captures my own interest. It never feels like an obligation since the main reason I’m attending the event is my own addiction to shooting fresh paint. The fact that people get to see (and hopefully enjoy) the event through my photos is a nice bonus and I’m happy with whatever extra attention I can generate for the (lesser known) artists.

ILG: Social media, what do you like and dislike, and how do you use it?
Sander: You can find my work on both facebook and instagram, though I don’t post much anymore as I used to, as I told earlier.
In the beginning I really enjoyed instagram as it was such an easy accessible format. I saw only the advantages, being able to reach people all around the globe in an instant. It made some of the artists very approachable as well, which came in handy from time to time. Through instagram I managed to get myself some paid gigs and arranged several meet ups with artists, to document them while they hit the road to do their thing.
Lately though, I feel I’ve grown a bit tired of what I think is the downside of instagram. Namely that it mainly caters to the „zap culture“ of today. Most people (myself included sometimes, I have to admit) only scroll through the pics hastily when they have a minute to spare, liking my photos or the artist work but I question how much they’re really paying attention to what they see. It has something extremely superficial to it that I don’t like.

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ILG: Travelling, what memorable places have you been, and where do you plan to go?
Sander: Hmm… tough one. I’ve visited so many awesome graffiti-related places through the years.
I think my favourite place so far has to be Sabadell, a small town near Barcelona.
A local graffiti legend, Werens, somehow made it possible that this otherwise sleepy town has become almost a mecca for graffiti artists and fans. He invites people from all over the world and now the local streets are filled with huge murals and super dope pieces, everywhere you look. I went bonkers and came home with 2000+ photos.
Another great adventure that will always stay with me was a visit to an old abandoned nurses school in Ronse, Belgium.
This building has been a huge playground for many years for local artists Mata One (Disorderline crew) & Pete One. 40 to 50 class rooms were filled with beautiful pieces and sick murals. My homie Alan and I spent the whole day strolling around and we felt like kids in a candy shop. Mata happened to be painting there that day and he was kind enough to guide us around the area to see more of his work. Real friendly guy.
Unfortunately the complex in Ronse was demolished last year… destroying decades of work.
Another fun trip was to Vitry-sur-Seine in Paris, home of the well-known street artist C215. I strolled around all the alleys, trying to capture all of his work. I met up with the artist as well. Vitry has much more art to offer than just C215’s though. Through this trip I got to know the work of French artists like Astro (ODV) or Brok (3HC) for instance, who I still follow on social media to watch their work evolve and see how they perfect their skills.
Speaking of Paris; it’s always fun to just stroll around, hunting Invaders.

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ILG: Inspiration, how do you get ideas and inspiration for your work?
Sander: I get most of my inspiration from the photographers whose work I respect and admire. People like Ian „Wallkandy“ Cox for his beautiful compositions, Florian Krause for his majestic light painting skills, „Jieskie“ for bringing the audience as close as they can get to the unpolished, rough side of graffiti, Soren Solkaer for his amazing portraits, Martha Cooper for being a true pioneer in the game. There are many more to name but these are the first ones who come to mind.
I’m always on the lookout for photographers who do something different. The ones who don’t just stand in front of a piece and shoot a straight-forward picture but who think about how the piece is situated, what lighting would work best to get the most out of the piece you’re about to shoot, etc.

ILG: How did computers, smartphones and the internet change photography and graffiti?
Sander: Well, it defintely changed it allright.
Everybody walks around with a camera in their pocket these days and I gotta say the quality of the photos from the later model smartphones has become pretty impressive.
We live in a time where everybody shares what they shoot and the good thing is that temporary artwork that’s worth seeing gets its rightful platform with a larger audience.
Because of their presence on social media, I’ve seen a lot of „underground“ artists gain attention and appreciation and evolve into celebrated artists who make a decent living from selling artwork and doing commissioned work.

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ILG: Have you got any philosophies about photography and graffiti?
Sander: I do have a set of rules I go by, like always making my presence known when I encounter someone doing illegal work, making sure to ask if they object to having a few pictures taken and to do what I can to keep identities a secret. Unless they let me know they don’t care about that of course.
Going by this ‘code’ has resulted in that I seem to have earned at least some trust in the local scene and have been asked to tag along on a few illegal paint excursions in the past. Those are the most fun. I love having to perform under a bit of pressure, with adrenaline pumping through the veins.

ILG: What are your future goals? What’s on the ‘photography bucketlist’, so to say?
Sander: My long-term dream is to one day have my own exposition somewhere and that someone will enjoy my work enough to want to hang it in their home. I don’t care if it’s just for a few bucks, just the fact that someone appreciates it enough to take it home is enough.
I have sold some work in the past so the dream has partially become a reality but thusfar I’ve never had my very own exposition… yet. Sure I could rent some place for a month or two and organize it all myself but I want to become good enough to get asked to display my work.
Short-term goals I have a-plenty.
There are so many aspects of photography I want to become better at for instance. I still have so much more to learn.
Also, there are tons of artists I still want to see at work. Muralists like Felipe Pantone, Etam cru, ROA, Nychos, Peeta, Hopare, DALeast… and also writers whose work I admire, like Bates, ZEDZ, Delta, Jake, Banos, OASE, Utah & Ether, Basix, Revok, KKade, Kak, Bonzai. The list goes on and on, these are just a few who came to mind right now.

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List your online medias:
www.facebook.com/DutchAerosol
www.instagram.com/Sander_DutchAerosol

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5MINUTES WITH: GBR CREW | CHAPTER 02 http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/03/28/5minutes-with-gbr-crew-chapter-02/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/03/28/5minutes-with-gbr-crew-chapter-02/#comments Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:33:38 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27474 [more]]]> Here we go with chapter two of our 5MINUTES WITH: GBR CREW following up on our double episode release! In case you missed watching chapter one follow the link!

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VISION QUEST – A collaborative video series by graffiti artist KEMS and photographer KINGSTON http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/03/24/vision-quest-a-collaborative-video-series-by-graffiti-artist-kems-and-photographer-kingston/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/03/24/vision-quest-a-collaborative-video-series-by-graffiti-artist-kems-and-photographer-kingston/#comments Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:44:40 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27464 [more]]]> Vision Quest is the first instalment of an ongoing collaborative video series by American graffiti writer KEMS of 3A Crew and Los Angeles based photographer Kingston.

„The series documents the search and activation of wasted spaces. In the search for abandoned spots to explore and paint, KEMS discovered abandoned lines of trains out in the desert. Loading up with a stack of Lak Chrome spray paint and a large a-frame ladder, he trekked through the arid landscape to find a discontinued double-decker passenger train – potentially from the 60s or 70s. While the dates are uncertain, in tracing the history of the cars, they were used to convey people from Mexico to San Diego – at one point, this model was used in Chicago.

These adventures brought back the sense of discovery that graffiti originally gave him. In reflection, KEMS says that it seems people were at these locations one day and gone the next. Leaving him to question – “why did people abandon this place?”

Photos from these lurks will be featured in an upcoming zine and accompanied by a special edition Reload by Ironlak spray can. More details to be announced.“

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THE CONVOY STORIES – DTS & FAME in MADRID, PARIS & MARSEILLE http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/03/24/the-convoy-stories-dts-fame-in-madrid-paris-marseille/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/03/24/the-convoy-stories-dts-fame-in-madrid-paris-marseille/#comments Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:38:58 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27461 [more]]]> NC FORMULA presents a new video title „THE CONVOY STORIES“ featuring the DTS and FAME Crews painting metros in Madrid, Paris and Marseille.

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5MINUTES WITH: GBR CREW | CHAPTER 01 http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/03/23/5minutes-with-gbr-crew-chapter-01/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/03/23/5minutes-with-gbr-crew-chapter-01/#comments Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:57:28 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27440 [more]]]> 5 years ago ILOVEGRAFFITI.DE and ARTE CREATIVE featured the Hamburg based GBR Crew aka the GHETTOBLASTERS with one great 5MINUTES episode painting trains in Belgium and the Netherlands. 2017 it´s time for another load coming with a double episode and footage of actions and painted trains in Germany and elsewhere. Plus a nice silver wall in the making little by little. 5MINUTES WITH:GBR CREW 2017 CHAPTER ONE there you go…

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Legends Thursday – Graffiti podcasts featuring ETHER, BATES, KWEST and many more http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/03/23/legends-thursday-graffiti-podcasts-featuring-ether-bates-kwest-and-many-more/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/03/23/legends-thursday-graffiti-podcasts-featuring-ether-bates-kwest-and-many-more/#comments Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:42:00 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27434 [more]]]> lt-ether
Legends Thursday is a graffiti podcast from America with 126 shows online so far. You can easily listen to interviews with artist like Ether, Kwest, Bates, Doc TC5, Ewok, Giant, German Montana, Gkae, Kane, MUL, Part One, Risk, Totem 2, Virus, Wane and many more.

Here is the one with BATES to give you an example:

You can find the shows listed alphabetical by artist here.
Or by date here.
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‚On Track‘ – TRAILER http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/03/21/on-track-trailer/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/03/21/on-track-trailer/#comments Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:46:39 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27430 [more]]]> Pretty keen to watch this movie in full length soon: check the short teaser for ‚On Track‘ from Holland. More infos soon.

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„If you put love into what you do, people will see it!“ – Interview with LOVEPUSHER http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/03/20/if-you-put-love-into-what-you-do-people-will-see-it-interview-with-lovepusher/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/03/20/if-you-put-love-into-what-you-do-people-will-see-it-interview-with-lovepusher/#comments Mon, 20 Mar 2017 14:18:41 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27409 [more]]]> Lovepusher stands out from the crowded painting world, with his unique style, his message and his many words when you talk to him. Here at ILG we got the chance to catch up with the busy man in between his shift from 2016 to 2017 and this is what he had to say:

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ILG: Please introduce yourself?

Lovepusher: My name is Lovepusher. I’m from London, England. My artistic work is based on 3D typography. I started painting graffiti in 1995 after being greatly inspired by an old New York wild style mural situated in close proximity to my school. The beauty and elegance of the wild style piece was so captivating that I desperately wanted to emulate it on paper. I remember during a class, maybe a day or two later, I wrote the name of my then Church, ‘St Boniface’, in a rudimentary version of what I had seen on the wall. Surprisingly, after that one sketch I was instantly hooked.
I later moved to another school located in Wimbledon, South West London. This was perfect for two reasons, the first being my classmate and true friend was a graffiti writer. He knew other writers, educated me on graffiti and took me out on my first missions. Secondly, Wimbledon not only had a favourable B&Q (hardware store) and train yard, it also had great tube and train connections to get around the city. It was a great writers bench where you were always guaranteed to meet writers night and day.
From 1995 to 2003 I changed my tag once but I always maintained a classic London style. It was my personal belief that a good London style was the foundation of the London graffiti scene and in part would help make the scene stronger. I was in no way a prolific writer like many of my good friends but I’ve always been content and happy with my contribution to South London graffiti.
In the year 2003 there was a major change in my personal life, which had a radical impact on the type of graffiti I was painting. As a result of what I can only describe as a spiritual awakening, I literally went from painting what purists would describe as ‘real graffiti’ to more legal orientated walls. My style also went though a metamorphosis, changing from classic London ‘style writing’ to modern day three-dimensional typography.
Looking back at the early days with more mature eyes, I should have known just how powerful and addictive graffiti really was but I suppose I was young and obviously had no idea of how seductive the ‘graffiti culture’ could be.

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ILG: It’s 2017, what have you been up to for the past year and what are your plans for the future?

Lovepusher: Every year, life, health and opportunities just seem to go from strength to strength… 2016 was no exception. I started 2016 off in Paris as the city has the perfect energetic qualities that I like to take advantage of. I love using Paris as a hub to make plans for the year. Everything I set out to accomplish in 2016 came to fruition. This included personal health goals, as good health, both mental and physical are the seeds of achievement and success. One of the great highlights of the year was joining SBB crew from Berlin. I have a unique fascination with German people and culture, so to be initiated into this crew seemed quite fitting. It’s a wonderful crew made up of good people with a broad spectrum of creativity.
For 2016, I also set out major productivity goals relating to how many pieces I would paint, as well as a sustained level of ‘hyper creativity’, in other words never doing the same painting twice and striving to make constant change and visual diversity a strong element in my oeuvre.
During the year of 2016, I also placed more attention and focus on hand drawn illustrations. The digital format, of course would always be more practical and less time consuming but there’s something I honestly love about working with mixed media on paper. Obviously, there is the tactile, kinesthetic element, but also observing how grains and textures from inks, felts and paints work together in unison to create a beautiful image is very rewarding. In relation to this, I created a beautiful line of 13 illustrations based on the Celestial bodies. I was exceptionally happy with how they came out and feel I may produce a second set of illustrations continuing where I left off.
2016 was also another strong year of travel. I think I visited something like 10 International cities officially, with highlights obviously being Berlin, New York, Hong Kong and Miami. A side note was visiting the small town called Perusic in Croatia. The initial reason for visiting Perusic was to paint a mural with the talented Slaven Lunar in memory of the visionary and my personal inspiration Nikola Tesla. I remember it being a wonderful place with culture, good food, history and great people.
I once again started this year (2017) off in Paris and made a specific number of plans to cover the year. To find out what they are you’ll have to stay tuned…

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ILG: There has been a shift in your art lately, from painting the word Jesus previously, it seems like you are now painting all sorts of words, tell us about this shift?

Lovepusher: Yes, there has definitely been an amazing shift in my paintings and this has been extremely good and positive. I began writing Jesus in 2003 as a result of my spiritual enlightenment. It was an amazing time of personal transformation and one that I definitely needed to go through. The spiritual awakening in 2003 really opened my eyes to introspection, education and a greater awareness of the causes and effects of my daily choices and actions. It made me a better person for which I’m very grateful. When I began writing this message, I set myself a goal to paint this message around the world. I suppose it could be classed as modern day evangelism, using graffiti as the vessel. As time went on, the strength of my graffiti allowed me to travel the world, never once imposing my then thoughts or beliefs on any individual, as I totally abhor this action but rather allowing the quality of my artwork to do the talking.
For thirteen years, I travelled the world painting this message, touching places like America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Asia and Europe. All of these travels, coupled with the global reach of social media, helped me to finally realize that I had actually achieved my 2003 goal. This left me at a crossroads… having achieved what I set out to do, do I continue trudging along writing the same message or do I explore other avenues? For me, there was no question that I would have to explore other avenues in order to grow and evolve as an artist.
I felt that writing the same five letters for thirteen years, personally called into question my creativity and diversity. As I knew each of the five letters intimately, there were no hidden variables and although in some cases this proved to be really advantageous, deep down I always knew there was only so much I could do with the same five letters before it would become extremely monotonous for someone who is ‘hyper creative’. The reality of painting continuously new words in the form of new, never duplicated designs just seemed logical from a creative standpoint.
Words can never be dismissed as something simple as they are the foundation of all languages on Earth. Each word I select, design and present to the world is not randomly plucked from the ether but rather carefully selected based on semantic properties and letter composition.

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ILG: What sort of reactions do you get from people with your artwork and message?

Lovepusher: I’ll split this answer into two parts. The first being the artwork and then the message.
I’ve had nothing but positivity regarding my artwork and I mean that from the general layman on the street with no prior knowledge of graffiti, to the fine art collector. I don’t thrive off compliments or flattery but I suppose it is nice when someone appreciates your take on reality through the artwork you create. I’m extremely passionate about my graffiti-art and pour so much love and enthusiasm into every line, fade, marking or brush stroke. This passion is really evident when you see my works in person. I strongly believe that if you put love into what you do, people will see it and even if they don’t like or support you, they can on an intrinsic level appreciate someone who deeply cares about what they’re doing.
Regarding reactions to the message, again it’s been so overwhelmingly positive and in many instances it’s actually been quite moving. To think that a simple message that I was writing would have the ability to the reach out to so many people on so many levels, is quite a lot to take on board. I have received personal messages from people all over the world showing gratitude for me expressing myself so boldly and inspiring others. There is also so much more that has to remain confidential in respect of the many strong and bold people who decided to confide in me with their personal problems. For me, this is powerful stuff, it shows that art can truly build a bridge to every man, woman and child around the world; empower them, enrich them and provide hope for us all, especially in our darkest times.

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ILG: Travelling, it seems like you are on the move constantly, tell us what your motivation is, and the different experiences in different locations?

Lovepusher: It doesn’t really feel like I’m constantly on the move but I suppose it’s all a matter of perspective. The motivation to travel really stems from my youth, however as time has progressed, my reasons for traveling have changed. When I was young, my father travelled a lot to New York because of his job. When he’d return, he would bring back amazing stories of the Big Apple that where so captivating, you could use them for a 1980s Pan Am commercial and be assured to generate an increase in flight sales. The wonderful stories from a traveling father coupled with being enthralled as a child watching the fictional adventures of action heroes like Indiana Jones and James Bond helped instill a desire to explore the world. So, I suppose the initial motivations to travel were adolescent in nature; simply looking for new experiences and adventures but with maturity, my reasons for traveling changed as I became more interested in the human condition. I wanted to know what it truly meant to be ‘human’ and I figured the only way to understand this would literally be to travel the world, meeting people from all walks of life. Books and the internet will always be a great way to learn about the world and the nature of man but nothing beats the hands-on experience of directly engaging and learning about different cultures, practices, religions, languages and so on.
There are strong misconceptions and stereotypes about so many places and people around the world, in part due to a few backwards media agents who spread redundant, xenophobic ideas throughout the world. These agents only seem to be concerned with scaremongering to ensure that we all remain divided, living in fear of our friendly global brothers and sisters. There have been several places that I have visited around the world, where I was initially warned by inexperienced people not to visit. Bearing in mind that all of these people had never visited any of these places I’m referring to, it just seemed surreal that they felt qualified to inform me on whether visiting these countries was the right or wrong thing to do…obviously these people believe everything they see and read in the media.
Today, when you turn on the television and watch the news, you’re bombarded with a tsunami of negative stories regarding countries from all over the world. It’s more than enough to put even the most ardent traveller off, let alone those who are merely considering traveling. In my experience, it is in no way as bad as the media depicts…yes, there are a few countries that are going through war and radical changes but on the whole, the world is a beautiful place made up of wonderful countries and good people; you just have to travel to see this.

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ILG: Sketching and painting, can you describe your artistic process and how you go about things?

Lovepusher: I start by thinking about what it is exactly I am trying to communicate to the audience. This would normally be in the form of a story or an important aspect of design. Once I have this to mind, I begin jotting down rough ideas on paper of how best to depict this story visually, using only letters. After several sketches, a final rough draft is fashioned. Using this final rough draft, I create a fully rendered version, which is then transferred to my IPhone.
When approaching a wall painting, I like to sketch the first lines, then prime around the sketch using a high opacity emulsion. Then very much like the old renaissance masters, I like to work from the background to the foreground. The nature of my style is three-dimensional. This requires utilizing the knowledge of light, shadow and perspective to create the illusion of depth and volume on a two-dimensional plane. I select specific tones ranging from light to dark and paint using a technique pioneered by Leonardo DaVinci known as ‘Chiaroscuro’.

ILG: Where is your inspiration coming from these days?

Lovepusher: Everywhere. To sum up my inspiration as being down to one or a few specific things would be to sell myself short. I draw inspiration from every single aspect of life. I simply connect the dots by bringing ideas together in an eclectic juxtaposition, which I filter, refine and later present to the audience as a coherent story or composition of letters.

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ILG: Social media, what’s your personal philosophy and how do they affect the painting movement?

Lovepusher: Social media is a highly subjective matter. As with anything there are always the pros and cons of using a service, technology or whatever it is that you utilize in the attainment of your personal goals. There are multiple reasons to advocate and support the use, development and evolution of social media but one must also be mindful of the potential of there being a subversive element ever present within these online platforms. To ignore this stealth element is really to our own detriment. The mass unawareness of the deeper workings and effects of online platforms is easily achieved, as many social media companies nicely dress up their applications and present them as a great way to augment and add value to our normal lives, while at the same time failing to highlight the psychological aberrations closely linked to the prolonged use of these online platforms.
Social media on the other hand, has proven to be extremely viable for artists and creatives alike. The global reach of social media is unparalleled, eclipsing radio, newspapers and even television, with its power obviously coming from its shear versatility. For example, an artist can paint a picture, write a text, present a short video and can do all of this globally in real time. There are endless possibilities opened up by the effective use of social media.

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ILG: Future goals, what’s on your bucket list?

Lovepusher: To visit Antarctica.

ILG: Describe a great day for you, what did you do?

Lovepusher: I woke up, went for a 5k run, came home and had a shower, jumped in a cab to Heathrow Airport, boarded an Etihad flight, landed in Dubai, enjoyed the food, culture and great people.

ILG: Any last words?

Lovepusher: While painting, try to protect your health by wearing the correct protective gear to limit the body’s absorption of harmful chemicals.
In life, love yourself, stay young, happy and never stop exploring…

ILG: Do you love graffiti?

Lovepusher: Imagine a hierarchical pyramid with all of the positive emotions and affirmations linked to graffiti steadily rising to an apex point with love resting at the top, my relationship with graffiti would be above that!

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Instagram: www.instagram.com/lovepusher
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LovepusherArt

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WRITING HESSISCH Magazine comes with Issue 04! http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/03/18/writing-hessisch-magazine-comes-with-issue-04/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/03/18/writing-hessisch-magazine-comes-with-issue-04/#comments Sat, 18 Mar 2017 11:08:20 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27403 [more]]]> The WRITING HESSISCH Magazine from Frankfurt/Main, Germany comes with issue 04 and a Rhein/Main Train Section on 120 pages.

„Ebbe langts! WRITING HESSISCH geht in die vierte und letzte Runde. Zum kleinen Abschied wird nochmal groß aufgefahren: Rhein-Main-Balla-Balla auf 120 Seiten ohne Werbungsquatsch oder Hall-Gedudel. Im Zentrum der Ausgabe steht die Geschichte des vielleicht ersten Frankfurter Writers überhaupt. Über 25 Jahre nach seinem Tod haben wir unzählige ungesehene Fotos, Skizzen – und auch seine beiden Blackbooks aufgetan. Geschichte! Dazu gibts zwei Reiseberichte der anderen Art: Einen von FAB aus… ja woher eigentlich? Wo die Jungs und Mädels waren, wissen sie selbst wohl nicht mehr ganz genau. Scheint aber ganz lustig gewesen zu sein. Im zweiten berichtet ein wohlbekannter Sprühsprayer über Urlaub ohne Graffiti am anderen Ende der Welt. Und natürlich hat ihn so Manches ganz schnell eingeholt… wenn auch anders als erwartet. Release am 31. März von 18 bis 22 Uhr im CANPIRE Montana Store Frankfurt mit Musik, guder Laune und vielen Specials. Limitiert auf 500 nummerierte Exemplare.“

Below check out a first preview, issue 04 of WRITING HESSISCH will be available on March 31st, 2017! There is a videotrailer coming soon too, so we will post another release info later!

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„Street Art à la Française“ – New Web Series by ARTE CREATIVE http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/03/17/street-art-a-la-francaise-new-web-series-by-arte-creative/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/03/17/street-art-a-la-francaise-new-web-series-by-arte-creative/#comments Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:11:54 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27397 [more]]]> ARTE Creative is about to release a new Webseries titled „Street Art à la Française“ with focus on Street Art with french roots and also discuss the Street Art / Graffiti conflict. The complete series is online from Monday, March 20th, 2017 here! Below you can checkout two episodes from Berlin and one featuring Street Artist JEF AEROSOL.

„Von den Pariser Katakomben in die Auktionshäuser, vom Marketinginstrument zum Objekt von Finanzspekulationen: Vormals als Vandalismus abgetan, scheint sich die ursprünglich subversive Street Art immer mehr im System aufzulösen. Die Doku Street Art à la Française geht den Entwicklungen dieses längst arrivierten Kunstgenres auf den Grund. In zehn Folgen kehrt Street Art à la Française zu den Wurzeln der französischen Street Art zurück und wirft einen Blick auf die Widersprüche und Herausforderungen der heutigen Zeit. Während der Aufstieg der Street Art zum Marketinginstrument und Spekulationsobjekt für manche eine gute und wichtige Entwicklung ist, sehen andere in den Beziehungen, die immer mehr Street-Art-Künstler zur Wirtschaft, zur Politik und zu den Galerien pflegen, eine gefährliche Vereinnahmung. Mit dabei: JonOne, VLP (Vive La Peinture), Miss.Tic, Kahsink, Speedy Graphito, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac …“

VLP, Miss.Tic und Jef Aerosol machten Paris einst zum Hotspot, doch die Street-Art-Hauptstadt Europas ist Berlin. Bloß: wie lange noch?

Im „Urban Spree“ treffen wir verschiedene Künstler und Kuratoren, um mehr über den Street-Art-Standort Berlin und die dortige Szene zu erfahren. Wie wild ist sie denn nun? Wie unabhängig von monetären Zwängen? Dass die Szene im Wandel ist, scheint klar. Nur: zum Guten oder zum Schlechten?

„Wenn ich weg bin, bin ich eben weg.“ Einer der ersten französischen Street Artists Jef Aerosol über die Vergänglichkeit seiner Kunst.

Street Art ist per se kein zeitloses Phänomen. Ehe man sich versieht, sind Pieces, Tags und Collagen aus dem öffentlichen Raum wieder verschwunden.Diese Vergänglichkeit macht für viele Urban Artists den besonderen Reiz aus. Doch wer sich nicht wie Jef Aerosol mit der kurzen Halbwertzeit abfinden kann, sucht in langlebigeren Trägerstoffen wie Leinwand sein Heil. Oder sichert sich ein Plätzchen im staatlichen Kunsttempel, wie Jon One …

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BERLIN – Metrofeuerwehr – TOY CREW – VIDEO http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/03/17/berlin-metrofeuerwehr-toy-crew-video/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/03/17/berlin-metrofeuerwehr-toy-crew-video/#comments Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:41:44 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27375 The Berlin based TOY Crew did it again. This time they transformed a Metro Station into a gallery . Great!

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The GHETTO FEVER Magazine VOL.2 http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/03/17/print-news-ghetto-fever-magazine-vol-2/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/03/17/print-news-ghetto-fever-magazine-vol-2/#comments Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:40:53 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27379 [more]]]> GHETTO FEVER Magazine 2 – The Return of the Mag.

Nearly one year after the release of GHETTO FEVER VOL.1, the second issue is ready to crash the game again.

Ghetto Fever Vol.2 got 82 pages full of underground flava straight from the concrete jungles and it´s limited to 1.000 pieces.
Beside lots of Trains, Boom Boom Bombings, drippy Singlehits and beautiful T-ups from whole europe, the main features are this time:

BOOGIE DOWN BELGRADE
HAMBURG VICE BOYS (Rams & Teck9)
DEATH ROW EAST
TARTA
BIG BLACK MAMBA
KEVIN S & GRIZZLEE
BARCELONA & ATHENS

If you want your personal copy, order HERE.

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SHADE & TOUR on Berlin Subway http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/03/14/shade-tour-on-berlin-subway/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/03/14/shade-tour-on-berlin-subway/#comments Tue, 14 Mar 2017 07:55:45 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27372 This video by Graffitibox TV follows Graffiti Writers SHADE and TOUR painting end to end on a Berlin Subway.

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THE REAL DEAL – A few graffiti pieces by ATOM ONE http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/03/11/the-real-deal-a-few-graffiti-pieces-by-atom-one/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/03/11/the-real-deal-a-few-graffiti-pieces-by-atom-one/#comments Sat, 11 Mar 2017 20:54:15 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27353 [more]]]> It´s time again for some fresh styles by german graffiti legend ATOM ONE. For those who don´t know: ATOM ONE started graffiti by the end of 1986 and painted his first real piece in 1987. Next to graffiti, ATOM started dedicating himself to rapping and became known on stage as “Der Lange” as part of TOO STRONG. Today he is part of many renowned crews –Stick Up Kids, The Real Deal, Ghetto Stars and MOAS. He has painted walls and trains for almost 30 years and played a key role in shaping and developing graffiti as an art form in Germany. Within the years ATOM ONE changed his style from the typical so called DORTMUND style to more dynamic and wild lettering. Here are a few examples of recently (or not that recently) painted burners by THE LANGE aka ATOM ONE!

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