Friday, February 27, 2009

Graffiti Billboard Masterpiece in the Making

I have been meaning to take a picture of this masterpiece for a long time. The billboard has been a work in progress. Every time I pass it there are more and more elements and details added. (Update: Daytime pictures + complete billboard)

I visited the billboard in the middle of the night because the lights from the billboard illuminate it so well giving it a special look. I was treated to a real surprise. The artist was actually painting it. Of course, I did not disturb him since I did not want to interrupt his amazing work and did not want to draw any attention to him. Enjoy!
Graffiti Billboard Masterpiece
Graffiti Billboard Masterpiece in the Making

Graffiti Billboard Masterpiece
Graffiti Billboard Masterpiece in the Making

Graffiti Billboard Masterpiece
Graffiti Billboard Masterpiece in the Making

Graffiti Billboard Masterpiece
Graffiti Billboard Masterpiece in the Making

Graffiti Billboard Masterpiece
Graffiti Billboard Masterpiece in the Making

Graffiti Billboard Masterpiece
Graffiti Billboard Masterpiece in the Making

Graffiti Billboard Masterpiece
Graffiti Billboard Masterpiece in the Making

Graffiti Billboard Masterpiece
Graffiti Billboard Masterpiece in the Making

Graffiti Billboard Masterpiece
Graffiti Billboard Masterpiece in the Making

Graffiti Billboard Masterpiece
Graffiti Billboard Masterpiece in the Making

Graffiti Billboard Masterpiece
Graffiti Billboard Masterpiece in the Making

Related:
Daytime pictures
Graffiti Billboard Masterpiece is now complete

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Back in the Day - Ares SK8 CBS

This piece was painted shortly after SK8's passing around 1993-1994. This was painted by Ares CBS who is also the guitar player of the band downset.

Ares SK8 CBS
Ares SK8 (RIP) CBS

Mear's conart piece was also on this wall.

Ares SK8 CBS
This is how the same wall looks today - SK8 CBS

Related:
Reminiscing SK8 RIP P1
Reminiscing SK8 RIP P2
SK8 Memorial Plaque at Wattles Garden Park

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

LA Writer Spotlight - Fishe KOG Part 2

Thanks to Jaber for the pictures of graffiti writer Fishe KOG's work.

Fishe KOG
Fishe KOG

Fishe KOG
Fishe KOG Billboard

Fishe KOG
Fishe KOG + Versuz KOG on the Los Angeles 5, 60, 10 freeway interchange 2007

Fishe KOG
Fishe KOG

Fishe KOG
Fishe KOG 2005
Fishe KOG
Fishe KOG - Downtown Los Angeles

Fishe KOG
Fishe (Kilos of Ganja) - Belmont 2004

Related:
LA Writer Spotlight Fishe KOG Part 1
Fishe KOG in Action
Fishe + Versuz LACMA Billboard

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Graffiti L.A. Author Steve Grody Interview Part 2

(Read part 1 of the interview with Steve Grody)
Part 2 of the interview with Steve Grody, author of Graffiti L.A.: Street Styles and Art.

All pictures below are from Steve Grody's "Graffiti" archive.

9. Given your long-term connection with Graffiti writers, do you think there is a common trait that makes a person drawn to Graffiti?
Well, a rebellious streak is certainly required, determination, and creativity. On the other hand, there is no shortage of veteran writers that wonder if the new generation is just doing it out of faddishness and whether they have the commitment to do anything past a couple of arrests.
MSK Production 2003
MSK Production 2003

10. In the book, there is a lot of discussion regarding technique and style. Do you see any new developments?
Technique keeps evolving, and you can recognize a lot of work as contemporary by things like organic bio-morphic forms or the modeling of letterforms to have more dimension to them. Unfortunately, too many up and coming writers are concentrating on the technical bells and whistles and not enough on strong basic letter design. They're going for the icing and they don't even know how to bake the cake.

Midzt GAW
Midzt GAW

11. I consider the late 80s and early 90s the golden years for Los Angeles graffiti. I noticed that in the past few years the amount of graffiti has increased and the quality of graffiti is coming back. There is a whole new generation of people that are putting in the work. There are thousands of videos, MySpace pages and websites dedicated to Graffiti. A person can achieve fame all over the world without being there. Do you think the internet is responsible for the rise in Graffiti?
The internet is a double-edged sword. On one hand, you can see a lot of what's going on around the world easily, but on the other hand, there seems because of that to be less mentorship, and that guidance is what is usually required for the best development. Also, because of less mentorship, there is more stupid activity, like going on public murals, or going over a burner with a crap throw-up.
Mers CBS 2000
Mers CBS 2000

12. Speaking of the internet, there are many internet graffiti sites. You also have one called Graffitila.com. Before the internet, different geographic locations had distinct styles. Now everyone has access to pictures of graffiti from all over the world. Do you think this instant access affects creativity?
Again, it's a mixed blessing, because while it helps bring up the general level, the local distinctions can disappear. A lot of the best L.A. writers still have the distinction of having been influenced by the shapes of gang graffiti even if they weren't in gangs themselves. When I see European graffiti, for example, while some of it is very good, a lot of it is very sweet and friendly compared to L. A. graff which by comparison looks very angry or at least has attitude with a capital "A."
Mear One WCA 2000
Mear One WCA 2000

13. To combat the rise in graffiti, California has put some harsh anti-graffiti laws in place. Do you think this will deter graffiti? Do you think there is an appropriate punishment for graffiti?
Much of the recent legislation borders on hysteria and will do more harm than good. For example, it is a common story that there are businesses whose walls were getting hit with tags and gang graffiti, so they let a crew do an production on the wall and be responsible for maintaining it. That tended to help the problem, but the city is idiotically threatening those businesses with fines unless they comply with very unwieldy permitting procedures. This will not cut back graffiti and only make the city a duller, uglier place. For the most current information on the present legislation issues, go to ICUART.com.

14. You briefly mention in your book that graffiti is present in the world of advertising. Many Fortune 500 companies including Ford, Pepsi (Mountain Dew), Nike, Sprint Nextel (Boost) use graffiti to reach the youth. Do you think this is sending conflicting messages to the young generation?
I don't think they are sending a conflicting message, because their message is "we are cool." It may not be anything more than an advertising ploy, but it's inevitable that whatever is considered cool will be used for merchandising. The good news is that more often now, companies are getting genuine writers to do the work. Look at the Boost Mobile support of Saber, Revok and Retna.
Katch 1995
Katch 1995

15. Graffiti L.A. is published by Abrams. Was it difficult to get your book published? Is the nature of the book difficult to sell to publishers?
It was not a shoe-in to get my book done, because they were very New York snotty at first, "Would anyone really be interested in L.A. graffiti?" So I had to present a strong case that what L.A. has is distinctive, deserved a history, and would be of interest to a world-wide audience. They have been pleased with the interest as it has turned out.
K2S STN Production
K2S STN Production

16. Are there future projects that you are working on?
Yes, but it's a bit early to talk about. I'm still seeing if I can gather the necessary material. If it pans out, it will be something else.
Daim visiting Los Angeles from Germany
Daim visiting Los Angeles from Germany

Monday, February 23, 2009

Los Angeles Freeway Billboard Graffiti

Graffiti on street billboards get great visibility. Billboards on freeways are scarce but are super visible due to the bad traffic conditions in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Freeway Billboards
BWS - 10 Freeway Downtown Los Angeles

Los Angeles Freeway Billboards
BWS (zoom)

Los Angeles Freeway Billboards
Dr Sex, Shatr, Eleven UW - Downtown Los Angeles

Los Angeles Freeway Billboards
Dr Sex, Shatr, Eleven UW (zoom)

Los Angeles Freeway Billboards
FTW - 10 Los Angeles Freeway

Los Angeles Freeway Billboards
FTW (zoom)

Los Angeles Freeway Billboards
FTW Reclaim buffed billboard

Los Angeles Freeway Billboards
FTWK (zoom)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Jaime Herrera - Rest in Peace

Los Angeles 5 North Freeway

On February 18, The Los Angeles Times reported that Jaime Herrera, 25 was struck by a car while running across the 5 freeway. He just finished painting graffiti on a freeway sign. He was pronounced dead on the scene.What alarmed me most about this unfortunate event were the non-stop hateful comments left by readers of this story. Many of the comments were joyful and congratulatory towards the driver of the car for killing the graffiti writer. Here are a few examples:

"good, let the idiots die. I have no sympathy for him or his family. too bad the other tagger wasn't run over."

"Oh well, one less tagger"

"One down... a few more to go. I'm glad..."

"Hooray and good riddance to this graffiti vandal! Probably an illegal alien, too. If so then a double Hooray!"

"Give that driver a prize!"

It is sad that so many have such hatred towards graffiti. People forget that graffiti writers are human beings. Many have given their lives for something they love!

Graffiti is a victimless crime! The Los Angeles freeways are already filthy. Jaime did not hurt anyone with his actions.

We send our condolences to Jaime's friends and family. Rest in Peace!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Cap Test - Astro Fat Cap

Astro Fat Cap

We continue our cap test with the Astro Fat cap. This is see through cap with a black dot. The Astro Fat cap is considered to be a universal fat cap, meaning that just like the Universal German Outline cap, it will work on most cans.

This cap makes a really wide spray and works great for quick fill-ins.

Astro Fat Cap
Astro Fat cap

Thanks to James from Oink Art for the video using the Astro Fat cap.




Astro Fat Cap
James using the Astro Fat cap on a Belton Molotow can

Astro Fat Cap
A wide line made with the Astro Fat cap

The Astro Fat cap works on the following spray paint brands: Rustoleum, Montana Hardcore, Belton Molotow and Ironlak.

Fishe KOG in Action

Fishe KOG in Action

Check out some pictures of LA's graffiti heavy hitter, Fishe KOG (Killers of Giants) in action. Thanks to Jaber for the pictures. Stay tuned in the upcoming weeks for more pictures of Fishe's work courtesy of Jaber.

Fishe KOG in Action
Fishe KOG in Action

Fishe KOG in Action
Fishe KOG in Action

Fishe KOG in Action
Fishe KOG in Action

Fishe KOG in Action
Fishe KOG in Action

Fishe KOG in Action
Fishe KOG in Action

Fishe KOG in Action
Fishe KOG in Action

Fishe KOG in Action
Fishe KOG in Action

Fishe KOG in Action
Fishe KOG in Action

Fishe KOG in Action
Fishe KOG in Action

Related:
LA Writer Spotlight - Fishe KOG
Fishe Versus Billboard Daytime Shot
Fishe Versus Billboard Nightime Shot
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