I Love Graffiti DE http://ilovegraffiti.de Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:43:15 +0000 de-DE hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.16 ROPE ESCAPE – New 1UP WHOLECAR on Berlin Subway – VIDEO http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/08/11/rope-escape-new-1up-wholecar-on-berlin-subway/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/08/11/rope-escape-new-1up-wholecar-on-berlin-subway/#comments Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:43:02 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27828 [more]]]> Here is 1UP again and the Berlin based crew announces a series of new videos to come every month with this episode kicking off called WHOLECAR – ROPE ESCAPE!


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Wall Writers – Full movie for free http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/08/07/wall-writers-full-movie-for-free/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/08/07/wall-writers-full-movie-for-free/#comments Mon, 07 Aug 2017 20:15:07 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27821 [more]]]> wall-writers-the-movie
The 2015 documentary movie about the very 1st generation of modern graffiti writers in New York and Philadelphia by Roger Gastman is now available to watch for free on Redbull Tv. You can find Redbull Tv on your computer and watch it in your browser window here, or you can download the Redbull Tv App on your Apple TV and watch it straight on your TV.

Here is an indepth bloggin on ILG about Wall Writers.

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„You have to look for something new, you must find the next trend.“ – Martha Cooper in Russia http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/08/07/you-have-to-look-for-something-new-you-must-find-the-next-trend-martha-cooper-in-russia/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/08/07/you-have-to-look-for-something-new-you-must-find-the-next-trend-martha-cooper-in-russia/#comments Mon, 07 Aug 2017 19:55:37 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27816 [more]]]> martha-russia

Martha Cooper went to St.Petersburg, Russia this year and here is a nice video interview with her about photography and graffiti.
The interview was done by The Strangers website, here is an article with the background for the interview in Russian (use google translate or an automatic translate app in your browser) and also a longer written interview with Martha Cooper, not the same as the video.


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STAHL MAGAZINE BERLIN – NO.1 http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/07/13/stahl-magazine-berlin-no-1/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/07/13/stahl-magazine-berlin-no-1/#comments Thu, 13 Jul 2017 09:41:13 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27808 [more]]]> Straight outa Berlin comes a new graffiti magazine called STAHL MAGAZINE.

Stahl Magazine No.1 is a 300 copy limited edition, hand-numbered and ad-free graffiti magazine which captured a selection of panels, providing the works enough room to unfold their effect.

STAHL MAGAZINE No.1 is available at every well-stocked graffiti shop and here.

Size: 19cm x 26,5cm
Cover: Softcover with matted sheeting
Pages: 88
Edtion: 300 copies (hand-numbered)
Release: June 2017





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STEP IN THE ARENA EINDHOVEN 2017 – RECAP http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/06/23/step-in-the-arena-eindhoven-2017-recap/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/06/23/step-in-the-arena-eindhoven-2017-recap/#comments Fri, 23 Jun 2017 10:35:16 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27804 [more]]]> This years STEP IN THE ARENA Graffiti Festival went down again in Eindhoven, Holland. Sander of www.facebook.com/DutchAerosol went there last weekend and took as much photos as possible to cover all the uncountable walls painted on two days. Here is the photo recap!


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BENCHING – Bremen http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/06/19/benching-bremen-12/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/06/19/benching-bremen-12/#comments Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:39:42 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27801 [more]]]> Here is a fresh new update with trains running int he city of Bremen during the past weeks! Kindly provided by the good people over at BIGCHILLSHOP!

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BERLIN KIDZ feat 1UP – One United Über Power http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/06/19/berlin-kidz-feat-1up-one-united-ueber-power/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/06/19/berlin-kidz-feat-1up-one-united-ueber-power/#comments Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:23:48 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27798 [more]]]> Here is a new video of the BERLIN KIDZ meeting up with the 1UP Crew to backjump on a Berlin S-Train including some trainrides: 1ÜP

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MINI SUBWAYZ Auction at Millerntor Gallery Hamburg http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/06/19/mini-subwayz-auction-at-millerntor-gallery-hamburg/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/06/19/mini-subwayz-auction-at-millerntor-gallery-hamburg/#comments Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:59:37 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27795 [more]]]> This month the UNDER PRESSURE Store Hamburg celebrates the 20 years anniversary! Therefore they collaborate with graffiti artist GLAZE, the mind behind the MINI SUBWAYZ.From June 26th, 2017 to July, 2nd 2017 you can check out a very special installation of 100 painted MINI SUBWAYZ within an exhbition hosted by the MILLERNTOR GALLERY Hamburg St.Pauli and VIVA CON AQUA. The exhibtion is also an auction so you can go and buy one of those 100 cardfolded painted subway cars for an amount of 75 Euro each. The money goes to VIVA CON AQUA, an organization with the aim to improve drinking water supply in developing countries in conjunction with the Welthungerhilfe.


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THE FASTLANE TOUR – 72 Hours 6 Cities 6 Walls – HOMBOOG http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/06/13/the-fastlane-tour-6-days-6-cities-6-walls-homboog/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/06/13/the-fastlane-tour-6-days-6-cities-6-walls-homboog/#comments Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:59:08 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27784 [more]]]> Those of you following graffiti artists HOMBRE and BOOGIE at Instagram or Facebook know about their FASTLANE tour they took a little time ago. Both artists been on the german autobahn for 72 hours to paint in 6 cities. The TEAM HOMBOOG started their tour in Basel and continued to Mannheim, Frankfurt, Cologne, Hannover and Hamburg. Here is the video recap and photos of all 6 walls done within 72hours.

„Der Ein oder Andere hat uns auf unserer Fastlane Tour ja nahezu hautnah begleitet. So ein Projekt packt man sich weiß Gott nicht jeden Tag auf die Liste, aber rückblickend sind wir froh, dass aus unserer Idee im letzten Jahr etwas geworden ist, auf dessen Durchführung wir genau so stolz sind wie auf die Vor- und Nachbereitung. Bei unserem Graffitisprint über 1000km haben aber nicht nur wir sondern alle Beteiligten sich mächtig ins Zeug gelegt. Ein großes Danke daher nochmal an alle helfenden Hände und Köpfe. Unser Mann fürs Cineastische Mikis Fontagnier hat mit seinen 6 Trailern die Latte verdammt hochgelegt, doch mit dem kompletten Recap der Tour – dem Gesamtstreifen sozusagen – könnt ihr noch einmal das miterleben, was uns 3 Tage lang auf Trab gehalten hat. Here we go!“ (HOMBOOG.COM)

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5MINUTES WITH: HOPE [OH.CREW] http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/06/09/5minutes-with-hope-oh-crew/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/06/09/5minutes-with-hope-oh-crew/#comments Thu, 08 Jun 2017 23:29:05 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27766 [more]]]> It was about time to feature graffit artist HOPE of OH CREW within our 5MINUTES series so finally here are of course a bit more than 5 minutes with the german trainwriter kicking some fresh styles on trains in Belgium and Italy. At the end of the video we added some bonus material of running trains in the Rhein-Ruhr Area with panels, t2b´s, wholecars and one great wholetrain all in good company with HOPE.OH! Here we go!

5MINUTES is an project by ILOVEGRAFFITI.DE in cooperation with ARTE CREATIVE

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ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS – ARTE TRACKS http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/05/18/rocco-and-his-brothers-arte-tracks/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/05/18/rocco-and-his-brothers-arte-tracks/#comments Thu, 18 May 2017 17:06:55 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27762 [more]]]> ARTE Tracks features Team ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS, it´s all in german language without subtitles but still worth a minute or two! We will follow up on them later this year with a full STREET ATELIER episode in cooperation with ARTE CREATIVE watching them while executing another coup in Munich and Berlin.

„Seit ein paar Monaten sorgt das Berliner Urban Art-Kollektiv „Rocco und seine Brüder“ mit eindrucksvollen, halb-legalen Kunstaktionen für Furore: Ihre erste Installation – ein Wohnzimmer im U-Bahn-Tunnel – brachte das Kollektiv nicht nur auf die Fahndungsliste der Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe, sondern auch in die internationalen Schlagzeilen: mit Burkini-Installationen, Grenzkontrollen bei IKEA und andere politisch motivierte Frechheiten im (halb-)öffentlichen Raum.“

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New VAPOUR TRAILS Mural in Erfurt, Germany – VIDEO http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/05/18/new-vapour-trails-mural-in-erfurt-germany-video/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/05/18/new-vapour-trails-mural-in-erfurt-germany-video/#comments Thu, 18 May 2017 16:50:14 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27751 [more]]]> Here is a fresh new big wall created in only three days by graffiti artists Biak, Blur, Slime, Mark126, Unik, Rave and Words of TEAM VAPOUR TRAILS! It´s the 4th wall painted in Erfurt, Germany hosted by OQ PAINT.

Fotos: Thomas Müller

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Freight train writing by WIPEOUT http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/05/16/freight-train-writing-by-wipeout/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/05/16/freight-train-writing-by-wipeout/#comments Tue, 16 May 2017 11:14:09 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27744 [more]]]> Freight train writing is and always will be where it’s at. Bringing it back to the old school New York days where your piece would roll through the city, freight trains allows your piece to roll through the entire continent. Most freight trains now a days are full of graffiti, and sometimes it can difficult for artists to make sure their piece stands out. But one artist, WIPEOUT, is having no trouble making a name for himself in the freight train scene in Europe.

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French WIPEOUT breaks away from the standard freight train graffiti by taking an abstract approach to his work. The uses of random and sporadic color thrown onto the train allows the for freight carrying his piece to gain attention. As most writers or people benching the train try to read the work on these moving canvases, the un-singed and illegible work of wipeout only create more intrigue amongst the community. And that’s where WIPEOUT really shines, his whole car works seems like it should be able to be read, since what seems to be outlines, shadows and other common elements of graffiti can be found in his work.

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Although abstract in its form, the works certainly display a knowledge of colour schemes and precision can control which could have only come with years of practice and of course, good paint. To paint these freight, WIPEOUT used Flame Orange adding some much needed colour to these freights. Flame Orange is a Molotow Product, a company that pushes out some of the best spray paint on the market, and the widest array of colours. Developed in Europe, it has become widely known as some of the best paint you can get for your dollar, perfect for full train writers such as WIDEOUT

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WIPEOUT provides a fresh new take on the standard works scene when walking through a freight yard or watching a train pass. By establishing his work within the context of graffiti, WIPEOUT is able to push the boundaries of how and what graffiti should be through his abstract collage of lines, fades, splatters and colour.

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DAMAGERS 2 DVD out now! http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/05/16/damagers-2-dvd-out-now/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/05/16/damagers-2-dvd-out-now/#comments Tue, 16 May 2017 11:04:04 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27741 [more]]]> If you are a DVD nerd like we are this your next colllectors item: The DAMAGERS 2 Movie from Berlin is out now and available including a poster! With the DVD release the DRS Crew also launched a nice videoclip with a DAMAGERS wholetrain running on the Berlin Subway, you can see the video below as well as the main trailer!

Follow DAMAGERS on facebook here!

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LOOK IN THE BOOK – AMIR DHG GRS http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/05/16/look-in-the-book-amir-dhg-grs/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/05/16/look-in-the-book-amir-dhg-grs/#comments Tue, 16 May 2017 10:46:48 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27729 [more]]]> Here is quick look in the book of AMIR DHG GRS from Berlin with recent sprays from this year and 2016.

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Meeting with BG183 of TATS Cru at WallWorks New York http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/05/16/meeting-with-bg183-of-tats-cru-at-wallworks-new-york/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/05/16/meeting-with-bg183-of-tats-cru-at-wallworks-new-york/#comments Tue, 16 May 2017 10:19:15 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27714 [more]]]> Bildschirmfoto 2017-05-16 um 12.06.59

Affectionately known as The Mural Kings, Tats Cru is a collective of artists that have revolutionized how graffiti artists and street artists approach work on walls. While there is a ton of material written online about their standing historically, as a group of artists, and their impact on the Bronx; Our co-author Jonathan Drexler has been fortunate to begin documenting their work and careers individually, like the recent write up about Tats Member BIO. This article will serve to shed light specifically on BG 183 (@bg183_tats_cru). BG recently had a show at WallWorks New York (@wallworksny), a gallery in the Bronx opened by Crash (@crashone). Jonathan caught up with BG as he walked through the showcase and his work in review.

“I was introduced to art at the age of 4. I remember seeing my older sister Lillian working on a drawing. I walked away just wanting to do that myself. I continued drawing and painting all the way through high-school. Personally, I was always drawn to the artistic side of things and I really devoted myself to trying to improve as an artist. It was never just about graffiti for me. Growing up in the Bronx, I saw it everywhere. However, I was moreso drawn to learning how color and paintings worked. It was not until high-school when I would meet those who became part of Tats Cru with me that I got into the nature of graffiti and lettering.


I attended James Monroe high school. When I was a junior and Bio was a freshman; we met in art class. It was not long after that when I was introduced to Nicer and things just kind of fell into place from there.This specific show is called ‘The Wall’. The reason for that is because everyone in our trio is known for something. While Nicer does our characters, and Bio does our lettering–it is my job to always bring detail to our scenery like the buildings, for example. In this show I really aimed to showcase what I have devoted many years of my life to mastering artistically. For years I have been painting walls–and so here I just wanted to flip the scene by painting that theme this time but with the same medium of mostly spray paint.

One thing I have become known for over the years is the use of a fire hydrant. That is why I painted the two larger canvases. It happened organically too because I often look around the scene where we paint for inspiration. One day I threw it on a wall and had some of the water gushing out–then over the course of time it gained momentum and I just embraced it. The opening reception of this show was awesome because you always want to see people viewing your work as an artist. I was really thankful to see nearly 350 people in here seeing seeing what I worked on. I remember standing back and observing people shoulder to shoulder observing my work. It was so gratifying and really a reminder as to why I have worked so hard over the years to master what I love. I am just an artist at the end of the day–I paint because that is what I love to do and to be able to bring people together with that ability of mine makes all of what I have sacrificed worth it. For me, the buildings represent positivity. Historically within the Bronx, abandoned buildings were burned down by their owners so that insurance could be collected. Having the ability to paint these large structures as standing and put together means that they are full of life. Not just each individual building–but their communities as well.

It is nice to observe my career thus far and pull everything together in a unique way. Graffiti has the ability to bring people together and to show the scenery that I am from and personally find inspiration from in a positive light is what I strive to do. In my mind’s eye; buildings have life and potential within them. And the hydrants being full of energy represent a youthful energy that the streets of New York City is known for. So in my opinion; this show really does showcase my work to it’s fullest capacity because the love for this scenery is what I am all about.

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I would like to give a huge thanks to everyone who has supported me as an artist over the years and in particular those who came out to this showing and purchased many of the canvases that are in this room today.”

The ultimate take away from BG walking through his solo show for us was how down to earth he was. BG, just like all of Tats Cru have devoted themselves to being personable and approachable as artists and professionals–not just graffiti writers. Their work reminds us all that graffiti can uplift communities and bring us together. Their commitment to hustle cohesively shows all of us that love for art can be used to build relationships as opposed to misunderstandings that tear them down. BG’s work of mastering how to paint scenery plays a huge part in that and artists like him not only deserve a follow; but our support for his work.

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Spraycan Stories Part 2 http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/05/12/spraycan-stories-part-2/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/05/12/spraycan-stories-part-2/#comments Fri, 12 May 2017 20:02:04 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27708 [more]]]>

One the most popular graffiti music tracks of all time is the Spraycan Stories track by Looptrooprockers. Today, 22 years after the track was released, they have released a brandnew track titled Spraycan Stories Part 2!
here is what rapper Promoe has to say about the new track:
“One of many painting adventures from our youth, this particular one took place in Laxå. I learned to control my fear, and we learned project planning. At the same time we were at risk of severely limiting our future. But we were oblivious to all of this while we were in the midst of things, we were simply driven by an uncontrollable passion.”

You can listen to the new track via the usual music platforms here

Found via the Looptrooprockers website here

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BIO of TATS Crew from New York shares his heart with ILOVEGRAFFITI.DE http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/05/11/bio-of-tats-crew-from-new-york-shares-his-heart-with-ilovegraffiti-de/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/05/11/bio-of-tats-crew-from-new-york-shares-his-heart-with-ilovegraffiti-de/#comments Thu, 11 May 2017 13:03:47 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27698 [more]]]> Bildschirmfoto 2017-05-11 um 14.56.47

The Bronx has produced arguably the most impressive lineup of graffiti writers to ever influence the art scene. You would be hard pressed to show me another borough or geographic location with writers who can do more with a can of spray-paint. Of course, there are individual writers from the international scene that have garnered a following which they have earned and deserve respect for. However, in view of the historical impact that The Bronx writers as a whole have had on graffiti’s influence in the world today: it would be hard (although not impossible) to one up any acclaimed writer from that borough–regardless of personal accomplishments.
One of the crews that represent the Bronx with international acclaim is a collective of talented writers affectionately known as TATS CRU. As a group, they can be accredited with booming the mural movement that spawned in the mid 1990’s and continues to this day.

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A member of that group is Wilfredo Feliciano–also known as Bio. As an artist, Bio has been painting since 1980 and got his start on the New York City transit system. Born in the Bronx, his art has captured the eye of the public and led to global notoriety. With attention to detail that emphasized the right placement of color and a mastery of lettering Bio has earned the respect and fandom his work has brought forth. The vibrant color and lively shapes that surround every piece he creates exhibits the profound influence the Bronx culture has had on him as a person.

Due to the success of the TATS CRU with major brands and Bio’s personal accomplishments painting for chart-topping musicians; Bio’s career as an artist is beginning to enter the realm of iconic. More iconic than his whole body of work is a moniker that Bio has become known for along the way. That being a rather rigid, yet, unique heart.

I had the privilege of catching up with him about this symbol while he prepared for an upcoming show, The Collaborations with Crash (@Crashone) and Nick Walker (@Nickwalker_art).

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This is what Bio had to say about the nature of his heart:

“Back in 2009 I was in Puerto Rico on Valentine’s day. I went to visit a friend who was working on a wall and they mentioned to me that they had a spot I could rock if I wanted to paint. Originally, I really had no intention to paint that day so I resisted.. My friend threw it back to me and told me it would be great if we painted together.I figured why not just paint for the love of it–given it was Valentine’s day. I remember my piece was nothing too complex because I really did not go there prepared to paint and was feeling a simple vibe. Anyway–I took a step back to check my piece and wanted to incorporate the theme of Valentine’s–so I threw up this heart above my eye as the dot above it. At the time, I really did not think much of it. That heart was all kinds of rough and the symbol itself has come along way over the years.However, when I first made it–I was not thinking of an iconic symbol or anything like that. It was not until the next time I was doing a piece in the Bronx and someone mentioned “are you gonna do that heart again?” So I did it that time again as well. More and more–every time I went out to work on a wall or was putting together a canvas, people began associating me with that heart. Initially, I tried to resist using it often because at the time I was still figuring out it’s shapes and movements within my work. A lot of that changed over time as I added various lines and edges–figured out how to color it my way. While people knew me for the heart within New York and Puerto Rico; it really shot to international acclaim when it was featured alongside Jennifer Lopez in a Fiat commercial. That is what brought much attention to it. The combination of her stature and the exposure of the commercial. But like I said; I never thought of any of this attention the first time I painted the heart so this has really been great.”

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The story behind Bio’s heart is a unique one. There are many parallels here and morals to the story about painting just for the love of it. It took Bio to amazing heights as an artist. I think it also can serve as inspiration to every up and coming artist about approaching creativity.

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Article: Jonathan Drexler

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SPOTLIGHT – JOYS | WEIRDO [GERMANY] http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/05/03/spotlight-joys-weirdo-germany/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/05/03/spotlight-joys-weirdo-germany/#comments Wed, 03 May 2017 11:14:43 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27681 [more]]]> Our next SPOTLIGHT is dedicated to the german writer JOYS aka WEIRDO. He is a EQT crew member and also on screen in the ZUGZWANG videos.

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VIDEO – UNTITLED 21:05 http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/05/02/video-untitled-2105/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/05/02/video-untitled-2105/#comments Tue, 02 May 2017 14:10:56 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27691 Roundabout 20 minutes of daily struggle by IXAP.

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Wall to Wall Festival 2017 http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/05/02/wall-to-wall-festival-2017/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/05/02/wall-to-wall-festival-2017/#comments Tue, 02 May 2017 07:32:55 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27677 [more]]]> The Wall to Wall Festival in Australia has the official video of 2017 out. This year it hosted 35 international artists from Australia and around the world, and attracted thousands of curious participants and observers from near and far.

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1989 edition of 60 Minutes: Australian Graffiti http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/05/02/1989-edition-of-60-minutes-australian-graffiti/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/05/02/1989-edition-of-60-minutes-australian-graffiti/#comments Mon, 01 May 2017 22:17:49 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27674 [more]]]> Take a timemachine back to 1989 and check out this indepth newsreport from 60 Minutes Australia on graffiti in Sydney and Melbourne. Transit police, graffiti writers, investigative reporters, mothers, live action from the streets and the train tunnels, lots of classic footage, interesting and fun for any graffiti lover!

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COPE2 in 2017 http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/04/29/cope2-in-2017/ http://ilovegraffiti.de/blog/2017/04/29/cope2-in-2017/#comments Sat, 29 Apr 2017 20:33:52 +0000 http://ilovegraffiti.de/?p=27669 Cope2 talks about his latest project and his past in this new video

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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!


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.


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.


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.


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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