Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Rocking the New Crazy Robertson Gear

I finally got my hands on some new Crazy Robertson gear. The design on this T-shirt is called Skating Shadows and it comes on organic cotton. I can wear it while I eat my organic veggies.

The Crazy Robertson - Skating Shadows

The Crazy Robertson - Skating Shadows Detail

The Crazy Robertson - Skating Shadows

Check me out doing the two-step. Back and forth, back and forth. I am not missing a beat.
The Crazy Robertson - Skating Shadows

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Is your child a tagger?

Most likely, your child will not leave the home looking like this. But if you find two or more of these implements among his or her things, your child is probably writing graffiti in your neighborhood.
Orange County tagger poster

The tagger poster has been made available by the City of Santa Ana, in Orange County, California.
There is also a PDF version so you can print and distribute it to concerned citizens.

Good thing this poster was not available when I was a youngster.

Monday, March 24, 2008

The Crazy Robertson in BPM Magazine

BPM Magazine The Crazy Robertson Collage
BPM magazine issue 90 is code named "The Hipster Issue." To make it true to its code name, BPM contributing author, Humberto Guida wrote a full page article about The Crazy Robertson. Unlike the Wall Street Journal, this article did not try to put a negative twist. The Crazy Robertson story is great as is, no need to change the facts.

BPM Magazine Cover

Thumbs up to Nichole Gawalis for the great photo of John.
BPM Magazine The Crazy Robertson Article

BPM issue 90 is at newsstands now or you can read it for free on the BPM magazine website.

Here is the text of the BPM article:


ONE of today's most buzzed about skurban clothing lines happens to be inspired by a 50something-year-old homeless guy who dances up a disco storm on roller skates along Robertson Blvd. in Beverly Hills. No joke. We should also mention he's proverbially decked out in eye-popping, Jazzercise-worthy, sheer spandex ensembles. His name is Mr. John Jermien, but according to three 23-year-old dudes who adorn his image on their label, he's "The Crazy Robertson."

"We grew up around here, watching him dance. We just wanted to getto know him. Everyone had their own story about him. He was a lawyer. He was a baseball player. He went crazy. We didn't know any better; he was the dancing guy," Kevin Hayes explains from the two-story apartment he shares with his partners only a few blocks from the Robertson fashion corridor. "At first we had no intention of making a clothing line. We really wanted to be his friend."

The clothing line-at this point consisting of T-shirts, hoodies, wallets and limited-edition signed print designs-was established last year. And it really is the result of Hayes, Vic Ackerman and Teddy Hirsch befriending Jermien. "It took a long time where we had to cozy up to him. You just can't talk to him like we're doing now," Hirsch explains.

A recent foray onto Robertson and BPM got this quote from Jermien, in reference to the clothing line. "It's art. It's society. We have a message to put out there. My dancing is about freedom," Jermine huffed before shooing away this reporter so he could prepare another dance routine.

To most people, this kitschy fashion experiment involving a homeless man believed to have a minor level of schizophrenia is more innocent than rude. But then again, the label has not been without its fair share of controversy. Early on, the Wall Street Journal ran a story that questioned whether this was a case of creative entrepreneurship or straight up exploitation. The fellas were portrayed as neophyte capitalists who were taking advantage of a man believed to be a minor schizophrenic. There was even some heartbreaking pull quotes from a family member who lives nearby. The WSJ article was melodramatic and overtly judgmental, but the guys took it with a grain of salt.

"People don't understand, Jermien chooses to live like he does. He embraces street life. He's family. We're his inner circle. We take care of him any way we can. He owns part of the company, but a lot of times he doesn't want cash, so we get him roller skates, clothes, food," Hirsch explains, adding The Crazy Robertson will sponsor a fundraiser for the homeless in the spring. "Besides, ask him if he has a problem with it. He loves it."

"We just thought the idea to make this fascinating character an icon, especially in a place like Beverly Hills, was cool. So we started making stickers, started a website," adds Ackerman, the chief art designer of the group. "That's what led to Jermien on T-shirts, and our friends started buying them all. They wore them out like foot soldiers. It took off from there."

The image of The Crazy Robertson in dynamic, disco, sometimes super-heroic poses is more modern pop art than fashionista couture, but LA fashion forward boutiques are creaming over the label. It did well by getting hooked up at Kitson, a prestigious Lohan/Hilton/celeb-cloning staple that takes in only the hottest new designers. These days you can get TCR items at several other places across the country.

One particularly popular design nails the intrinsic irony of the label-that a group of youths in Beverly Hills are making an icon out of an Ober-eccentric homeless man. It's a Warholian arrangement of neon-colored The Crazy Robertson figures on either side of an evermore appropriate motto: "No Money, No Problems." The T-shirt is available for about $40 (and up), but you get the picture,

Friday, March 21, 2008

Instant Fame

GraffHead's new Motto:
"Write on a Wall and You Get Instant Fame"

Sneak peak from a future GraffHead exhibit.
Instant Fame

Monday, March 17, 2008

Tariq Nasheed Visits The Crazy Robertson

Tariq Nasheed is a New York Times best selling author of The Art of Mackin'. Tariq, also known as King Flex, is a self proclaimed expert on dating and relationships. But his greatest attribute is that he is a fan of The Crazy Robertson. Check out the video of Tariq Nasheed with Peanut visiting John Jermien. John happens to be wearing the No Money No Problems T-Shirt which he cut the sleeves off. He is a trendsetter!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Honda - Plant This Letter

We are bombarded with ads every day. For a promotion to make its mark and to stand out, it has to be different.

Last month for Valentine's Day, The Crazy Robertson sent out a letter with a dripping pink stencil and all it said was: The Crazy Robertson Loves You! Under it had a special website address. That's it and nothing more. The ad surely made me curious and I am sure many recipients of the letter visited the website.

Honda is doing something really clever as well to promote its lawn and garden vehicles. The promotional letter grows into flowers.
Honda - Plant this Letter

The letter is printed on a specially made paper that contains seeds. All you have to do is plant the letter. It is a truly genius and memorable promotional piece. It was developed by the UK agency Inferno.
Honda - Plant this Letter

Elephant on the LA Freeways

If you have been driving on the LA freeways lately, you probably seen a figure of an elephant painted on walls and overpasses. It does not look to be done using a stencil but most likely freehand.

Elephant on the Los Angeles Freeway

Not sure who is responsible for it, but I like it!

Elephant on the Los Angeles Freeway

Elephant on the Los Angeles Freeway

Elephant on the Los Angeles Freeway

Sorry for the quality. Not sure what's more dangerous, driving drunk on the freeway or driving 75 MPH while taking pictures.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Hike to the Hollywood Sign

I always wanted to get next to the Hollywood Sign ever since I saw Seen in the book Spraycan Artpaint on it.
Spraycan Art - Seen Hollywood Sign
After some research and a few different tries, we were lucky to find a trail that leads to the Hollywood Sign. It is a fairly strenuous hike, but it is all worth it at the end. It was amazing to stand next to the sign that I have been looking at thousands of times from afar.

The sign is still far, but we are getting closer to it.
Hollywood Sign Getting Closer
Restricted Entry - When you get close to the Hollywood Sign, you are greeted by this sign.

Hollywood Sign Restricted Entry
If you are brave and must see the Hollywood Sign. You have to get behind the gate.

Hollywood Sign Behind the Gate
Under the H

Under the H of the Hollywood Sign
Behind the Sign

Behind the Hollywood Sign
Close Up of the H

Close Up the H of the Hollywood Sign
So nice, H O L

H O L of the Hollywood Sign

Tuesday, March 4, 2008 Logo Deconstructed

Graff Head Logo

I get a lot of positive feedback on the logo. I also have been asked many times what the individual pieces that make up the logo are. Here they are.
Graff Head Logo

Face by Rygar CBS.
I took this picture on Melrose in the summer of 2003.
Graffiti by Rygar CBS

The Crazy Robertson Letters
This is me in action drawing The Crazy Robertson letters in my sketch book. I am in the middle of doing fill ins.
The Crazy Robertson Letters

Sketchbook with Stickers
This is the cover of my sketchbook. There a couple of Downset stickers. There also a couple of Obey Giant stickers. There is a Sote stormtropper sticker on the spine. Above it is a sticker designed by Shepard Fairey for While You Were Sleeping magazine. You can also see the edge of a Third Rail sticker. Also, there is a Dave Kinsey Rethink sticker at the bottom.
Sketchbook with Stickers

Anti Graffiti Street Sign

Anti Graffiti Street sign showing Penal Code 594.
Anti Graffiti Street Sign

The Capital S
Graffiti style lettering with a red S. Straight from my sketchbook. Drawn in 2003.
The Capital S

The Future's in Our Cans
Trade Mark T-shirt design by Axis CBS from 1993.
The Future's in Our Cans

Graff Head Logo Letters
Graff Head letters using the 28 days later font.
GraffHead Logo Letters

Saturday, March 1, 2008

March Review

It's March 1st. It is time to check out also known as Homepage, as I like to call it, is the first online graffiti website. It began in 1994. I think I became aware of it a few years later. Over the years it has featured graffiti paintings from over 445 cities from all over the world. The site is basically a graffiti world archival from around the world. It is always a special treat to see what people paint in other cities and countries.

The great thing about the site is that the first of every month, there is new graffiti content. You do not have to look fare it's right on the homepage. You can always go back and look at previous months. I make it a habit to visit the site on the 1st of each month.

The bulk of each month is from the US, but this month it is especially heavy on the international content. Basick and Dyaz from Lima, Peru. Zero, Cactus and Maria from Italy. Asier from Madrid, Spain. Shye from London, UK. Enso from Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
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