Sunday, November 30, 2008

Graffiti Markers Buff Test

Have you ever seen a tag that shows through a buffed wall? Everyone wants their tags to stay up forever.

Today we will look at the most popular markers on the market to see which one is able to make it through 2 coats of paint.
The Markers Buff Test
We will look at the poor man's marker the Sharpie, Krink K-71, Witches Brew, Griffin Shoe Polish, a mixture of Griffin and Oink and Garvey ink.

Thanks to James from Oink Art LTD for the video comparing the various markers. (Be sure to check out Oink's holiday specials on caps, spray pain, videos and clothing.)




After applying 2 coats of paint this is what happened: The Sharpie was completely gone. The Witches Brew was completely gone as well. The Witches Brew paint is fade proof in the sun, but is no match against a layer of paint. The Krink K-71 showed through the paint a little bit. The Garvey ink , the Griffin by itself and the mixture of Oink ink and Griffin survived the buff and showed through 2 layers of paint extremely well.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Sharktoof Police Wheatpaste

Ah yes, another tasty wheatpaste from Sharktoof. This one depicts a cop being attacked by the shark.

SharkToof Police Wheatpaste
Sharktoof Graffiti in Los Angeles

SharkToof Police Wheatpaste
Sharktoof Police Wheatpaste in Los Angeles

SharkToof Police Wheatpaste
Sharktoof Police Wheatpaste in Los Angeles

Related
SharkToof in Pasadena
Sharktoof Halloween 1, 2

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Axis - Welcome to My Nightmare - Outside Shots

Axis had an amazing solo show at Suru last weekend on November 15, 2008. The cool kids were allowed in the back where music was playing and the drinks were flowing. For the show, Axis painted the back of Suru.

I had to go back and take some daytime shots.
Axis CBS Welocome to My Nightmare
Axis CBS - Welcome to My Nightmare Solo Show

Axis CBS Welocome to My Nightmare
Axis CBS - Welcome to My Nightmare Solo Show

Axis CBS Welocome to My Nightmare
Axis CBS - This is in the back Suru as well. However, this was not painted specifically for Axis' solo show. I already saw this at Alex Pardee's Scratches & Abrasions show in July of 2008.

Axis CBS Welocome to My Nightmare
Axis CBS - Front of Suru painted for the Welcome to My Nightmare Solo Show

Axis CBS Welocome to My Nightmare
Axis CBS - Detail

Axis CBS Welocome to My Nightmare
Suru on Melrose in Los Angeles

Related:
Axis - Welcome to My Nightmare Solo Show Opening Night
SK8 One Memorial Plaque at Wattles Garden Park

Monday, November 24, 2008

Jaw Strikes Again

These guys have taken painting to a whole new level. The characters drawn are huge. Let me emphasize huge. I have never seen graffiti on a billboard that takes up the whole thing. They have perfected a new technique of painting characters that no one can compete with. This billboard is on Pico in West Los Angeles on the other side the of the long running Augor Tastes Like Gold billboard.

Jaw Otis JDI CSM
Jaw Otis JDI CSM Charater Billboard Character in Los Angeles

Jaw Otis JDI CSM
Jaw Otis JDI CSM Charater Billboard Character in Los Angeles

Jaw Otis JDI CSM
Jaw Otis JDI CSM Charater Billboard Character in Los Angeles

There is anoter character running on Pico. This one is eating a hamburger. We featured this wall back in October as part of some other JDI RTH graff.

It is starting to get more and more throw ups painted on top of it. However, you can still see character from the street.
Jaw Otis JDI CSM
Jaw Otis JDI CSM

Throwups in front done by: Ekae, Gar, Yekz, Reska SBA

Funny. It looks like Ekae left a message for GraffHead.com:
Ekae

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Cap Test - The Stencil Cap

Thin caps do not make thin enough lines for you? No worries, there is a solution for you!

We continue our cap test series with the answer to the ultra thin line, the Stencil Cap. The Stencil Cap was developed by Los Angeles graffiti artist Swank One SH. The cap fits on all spray paint brands. It is recommenced that you use a thin cap like the Universal German Outline cap to make sure that you are not spraying too much paint through the stencil cap.

You do have to remove the color doughnut from spraypaint brands like the Montana Hardcore to fit the Stencil Cap on them.

Stencil Cap

Thanks to James from Oink Art for the video using the Stencil Cap.



Friday, November 21, 2008

In 2 Win Pasadena Freeway

Spotted this gem on the 110 South freeway close to Dodger Stadium. This is exactly accross from the Lakers Ruets and Asylm piece.

I2W Pasadena Freeway
I2W by Phaid and Noser - Pasadena Freeway

I2W Pasadena Freeway
I2W (In 2 Win) by Phaid and Noser - Pasadena Freeway

Thursday, November 20, 2008

On Deck - Art On Skateboards at Tradition

Eye One curated a show at Tradition that feature art on skateboard decks. This is a special night at Tradition. Not only will the On Deck Art show be going on, Raekwon from the Wu Tang Clan will be performing a special set in conjunction with the release of Akomplice clothing's 9th season.

The decks will feature art by: Adikt, Asylm, Axis (check out pictures from Axis' solo show), Cache, Codak, Dash 2000, Eyeone, Gorger, James Alegria, Jason Youth, Jonas Angelet, Kleer, Kozem, Luna One, Midzt, Modem, Rene Cabrera, Vyal, Yem
On Deck Art on Skateboards

Opening Reception
Saturday November 22, 2008 7-11 PM

Tradition
2895 Agoura Road (Directions)
Westlake Village, CA 91361
(805) 497-4717

All pictures courtesy of Eye SH. Check out the GraffHead interview with Eye.

On Deck Art on Skateboards
Rene Cabrera

On Deck Art on Skateboards
Yem AM7

On Deck Art on Skateboards
Codak

On Deck Art on Skateboards
Adikt One

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Los Angeles Freeway Graffiti Never Stops

New anti-graffiti laws, consant buffing, not to mention the extremely dangerous traffic. Nothing has stopped graffiti writers from attacking the most visible place in Los Angeles, its freeways. Los Angeles Freeway Graffiti
LOLC - Downtown Los Angeles Freeway

Los Angeles Freeway Graffiti
Plegr RK, Z67r RK

Los Angeles Freeway Graffiti
Rahsr

Los Angeles Freeway Graffiti
NHC Duger, 2Pay, Chex - Los Angeles 10 Freeway

Los Angeles Freeway Graffiti
NHC another angle

Los Angeles Freeway Graffiti
NHC Dissed

Related:
Los Angeles Freeway Graffiti - Script KI
Freeway Bombing Using Multiple Colors
Los Angeles Freeway Graffiti
Labor Day Freeway Graffiti
Pasadena Freeway Overpass

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Mike Giant on Vimby

Brian from Vimby got in touch with me about a new video that dropped last week featuring San Francisco based Mike Giant.

The video was shot on location at White Walls Studios in San Francisco. Mike Giant talks about his life.

As a child he moved from Upstate New York to Albuquerque New Mexico. He started painting graffiti in 1989 after he graduated from high school. He also discusses how he got his name and the progression and styles that he went through as a tattoo artist, graffiti artist and illustrator.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Bloc 28 - Downtown Los Angeles Art Show

A collaboration of Disney and street artists mostly from the world of graffiti showcase their vision of Mickey Mouse.

The opening took place in Downtown Los Angeles on November 13, 2008. This was the second series that Disney commissioned. Artists included in this Bloc 28 show were: Aroe MSK Heavy Artillery from the UK, Chaz Bojorquez from Los Angeles, Ewok AWR MSK HM, Rime MSK, Suiko from Japan and Tenga from Japan.
Bloc 28
Bloc 28 Downtown Los Angeles


To get a feel for the show, check out this 1 minute video.


Bloc 28
Bloc 28 Art by Aroe MSK HA

Disney is auctioning off some of the artwork and clothing that were part of the show. The auction runs until November 20, 2008 and it benefits Art Share LA.

Bloc 28
Bloc 28 Wasburn Guitar Art by Les Schettkoe, one of the founders of Bloc 28

Bloc 28
Bloc 28 Wasburn Guitar Art by Rime MSK

Some more pictures from the show:
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