Nexus Styles Mon, 20 Feb 2012 12:59:02 +0000 hourly 1 JCEE R.I.P. Memorial Sun, 07 Aug 2011 14:49:56 +0000 [more]]]> Last Sunday, 31st of July 2011, JCEE RCF TDF sadly and unexpectedly passed away. In his memory, this massive memorial piece was done by his close friends, Poser, Kode, Jasy, Take and Skore. Rest In Peace RODNEY JAMES O’LEARY aka JCEE

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Dondi Mosaic Mon, 25 Jul 2011 06:00:30 +0000 This is so dope… not sure who the artist is, but well worth being seen and getting some props!

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Shok-1 Interview Wed, 13 Jul 2011 17:39:09 +0000 [more]]]> shok1
(Nazi bunker in Frankfurt, – ECB, Mickey and Shok, 2011)
For years, Shok-1 has been an iconic name in the global graffiti community, with a penchant for individualism. His style is one of a kind, recognizable for it’s organic, 3-dimensional and alien-esque qualities. Often playing with light sources, realism and x-ray-like glows in greyscales, in many cases Shok utilises his surroundings and surfaces to the advantage of and for the interaction of his creations. ILG caught up with this king of organic-rock to see what makes him metamorphose

ILG: When did you start being a graffiti writer?
SHOK: 1984
I don’t like the word graffiti. It’s too vague. But you can’t avoid it. These days I just feel like I’m an artist. Fuck labels.

ILG: What got you into writing graffiti?
SHOK: I was fascinated by a punk writer Baz who was up in my area around 1981. Then in 1984 I was inspired by the usual books and films.
ILG: What are you first memories of seeing graffiti?
SHOK: The first pieces that really impressed me in real life were the Chrome Angelz works at Covent Garden in London.

ILG: What were your influences back then? what are your influences?
SHOK: Back in the 80’s it was mainly the early European style, so mostly Dondi and Futura.
Since then I’ve become more and more open to other genres of art. These days I have a million small influences, anything in my day could spark off an idea. People, the world, life. But everthing I paint, I can trace back to earlier Writing I did, it’s never disconnected.
Conflict is usually a part of it in some way.
I’m interested in other ways of seeing, ways to look inside. Xrays, microscopes. I think a lot about meaning, I haven’t used my name as the content of a piece in a long time. I do still have letters in it but there isn’t a boundary between them and everything else, it’s all one thing to me. That’s part of what my organic thing is about. I like to say : a letter IS a character.
grenshok1 shoksperm1
ILG: What/who directly influences your style, flow and ideology?
I think you have to be the master of your own destiny.

ILG: Being that your work is quite synonymous with being unique and distinctive, to advance your work further, can it be somewhat intimidating, stifling or difficult to keep on the cutting edge?
That’s a good one.
I always have a ton of new ideas I want to experiment with, far more than I’m going to live long enough to deal with. New concepts every day. I haven’t painted 10% of what I’ve already worked out, the stuff I think might be good.
I’ll die frustrated.
The challenge is to work out which ones are most worthwhile … I try to research what else is going on in all the art worldwide, try to explore the paths less trodden. I think about what our art has to do with the rest of it. Is it good? What is the point of it?
Originality is a distance not a place. It’s an ideal to strive for.
I think I spend too much time on that at the moment though, I want to get back to painting more and thinking less. The trouble is, you can’t go back to not-knowing things.
The other big dilemma for me is to do with consistency. This information saturated age seems to favour a logo mentality but I hate to repeat myself. It just feels like I’m wasting my time if I don’t move forward in some way each time. So I try to strike some kind of balance but I don’t think I do a very good job of that.
I think I make my life far more difficult that it needs to be. I could just take one bit of it, rinse and repeat.
shoksq1 shokalerthate1
ILG: Trackside, panels, bombing or a chill wall?
I’ve done all of the above during my career. These days I’d choose a high profile wall and try to put something interesting and worthwhile on it. Something that fucks with stereotypes, makes people think. Chill? I wish.
We just did a whole Nazi bunker in Frankfurt. Massive. 4m thick concrete walls. Big budget, open brief, painting whatever we like. Big responsibility … turn something like that into something positive.
I’m ok with a mystery … sometimes I’ll illustrate an idea, sometimes I’m ok to do something that’s not so easily gettable.

ILG: Any major projects in the pipeline?
Lots going on as always. We’ve been trailblazing out in China. I’m working directly with an architect’s company who have designed a lot of really insane buildings in Shenzhen and other cities. Lot of sparks flying in the recent project; culture clashes, freedom vs censorship etc. Groundbreaking public art projects, big things. That’s an ongoing project.
I just did a nice custom arcade cabinet that will be auctioned off to raise money to help out with the disaster in Japan. I’m an oldschool gamer so I really enjoyed that, I’m thinking of doing a series of them.
I have a street gallery project I’ve been developing in Central London. I’m trying to take over the whole street. High profile.
Ton of other things going on. Just a lot of painting and fighting to create space for new ideas basically.
shokfirstorg1 shoknecro1
ILG: What is the best piece of advice you have been given along your journey?
I can’t think of anything specific. Oh, how about this : „All these late nights are making you too thinky“ – Aroe.
ILG: What is the best piece of advice you can give to up and coming writers,
still trying to find their feet and direction?
Don’t give in to fashion and be one of a crowd – how many Writers are there in the world already? Why does it need another?
Journey to make it yours and yours alone. Make it more than a name. You can do or say anything you want … and Writers have a louder voice than most people. We all have the power to cause change.
Interview by Nexus

To see more work by Shok-1, check out these sites:
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Archives –


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Grass Roots – Masterclass Series #1 Mon, 23 May 2011 07:10:33 +0000 [more]]]> Grass Roots on a sunday evening at Old Exchange Hotel in Adelaide has become somewhat of an institution, showcasing a variety of Adelaide DJs dropping beats and writers rocking the wall each week. June 5th sees the first of a series of Master Classes, featuring a 2-on-2 B-Boy Battle, judged by B-Boy Poe One with beats from Mark Walton and live graffiti from Adelaide pioneer and old school king, Wicky! Cheap beers and BBQ make it even more of an incentive, so get on down!


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Keep Australia Colourful!! Wed, 11 May 2011 08:22:32 +0000 [more]]]> This Sunday, May 15th be part of the annual Keep Australia Colourful, organised by the KAC Crew, in response to the NSW Government and Keep Australia Beautiful’s annual „Graffiti Action Day“. We here at ILG are totally behind the KAC Crew, so get on board, find a spot and put some colour on a wall, rather than the alternative hidious buff choice of karki and beige that they think improves the urban scrawl. For more info, read the message below from the KAC Crew.


On May 15, Keep Australia Beautiful is teaming up with the NSW State Government for their second ‚Graffiti Action Day‘. Their aim is to mobilise volunteers all over the state to paint over as much graffiti as they can.

On the same day, we urge you to join us and take a stand on behalf of Graffiti and Street Art as valuable forms of art and culture. The government wants to ‚Keep Australia Beautiful‘ by painting our streets, lanes and public spaces various shades of beige – but we want to Keep Australia Colourful! Let’s show people how great our cities could look if there were more places for artists to create pieces legally.

If you want to join us, here’s what to do…

Graffiti/Street Artists: find a space, and make it look colouful on May 15.

Whatever you decide to paint, poster, stencil, knit, sticker … be sure to include a reference to Keep Australia Colourful in your piece. Yes, people … you can put aside your ego for one day and join the KAC crew, we know you can do it!! :-) Of course, we are not encouraging you to do anything illegal! Then, upload your flicks on our website or add them to the fb page:

If you can tell us where you are going to be painting beforehand, even better – we can plug your session on the website/facebook too. And if you want to be available for media comment on the day, send us your details, and we will add them to our press release.

Graffit/Street Art Lovers: write a letter to your local council, and/or to the NSW Attorney General Greg Smith (, telling them why you love graffiti and street art and why you want to see more of it.

For more info, see:

or email:

This community service announcement brought to you by Kurt Iveson, Cameron McAuliffe, Mini Graff, Mistery, Numskull, Pudl, Roach, Saynt, Spice & Leah Ellen

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Free Revok MSK Tue, 26 Apr 2011 14:56:14 +0000 [more]]]> Free Revok! In light of Revok’s arrest and 6 month incarceration, as a show of support for him here’s 10 of my favs

Click for full size image


Found all over the net

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Clouded Thoughts #10 Preview Mon, 07 Mar 2011 15:18:40 +0000 [more]]]> Clouded Thoughts #10 is just around the corner, with artist spotlights on Snarl, Kopye, Heat, Yama, Water, Astro and Kanos, we’re dropping a sneak preview of the cover, featuring this dope lightpainted Astro shot. Keep your eyes peeled, it’s gonna drop very soon…

Follow Clouded Thoughts Magazine here on Facebook for updates

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Dabs Myla – Double Diamond Tue, 01 Feb 2011 09:46:18 +0000 [more]]]> dm1
The past couple of months we have been working on a new series of paintings for our first solo show at M Modern Gallery in Palm Springs, ‘Double Diamond’. We have been having a lot of fun making a series of work based on the architecture of Palm Springs and Modernism awesomeness!!

There will be three solo shows running alongside each other for Modernism week: ‘Still Life (with Cocktails’ a collection of new drawings by Shag, and ‘Moderntopia’ a collection of new works by Netherland.

It’s an honor to be working alongside SHAG, an artist we have both admired for many years.

The show opening reception is on Friday 18th Februray from 8pm-11pm at M Modern Gallery in Palm Springs.


AVAILABLE HERE aswell as DABS MYLA and what’s going on at MMODERN


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The Kalis Alliance Wed, 19 Jan 2011 10:25:53 +0000 [more]]]> The Kalis Alliance book, is a Graffiti/ Street Art colouring in book. Featuring 100 artists from all over the
world, many lesser and well known artists/designers from all walks of life. The idea of this
book release is to help the recognise these artists on a global scale, and exploring their ideas in the most stripped back for of style – the outline.

The colouring book will be A4 landscape and will consist of 108 pages with 100 black & white sketches to
colour in and 5 pages to draw your own designs.

The Kalis Alliance is due for release in March 2011


For more info on The Kalis Alliance, leading up to its release, step to the official website here for updates

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Cope 2 on L.A Ink Pt2 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 09:41:19 +0000 Here’s a couple of flix from Cope 2’s recent stop in at L.A. Ink

Cope2 on L.A. Ink

Cope2 on L.A Ink 2

Cope2 on L.A. Ink 3
Cope2 on L.A. Ink 4

More here after the jump

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