Diary

28/07/2012 21:28

Vienna Shutters

Part 2 of our Vienna trip, once we got Colour Fool sorted we rustled up all the fun spray we could find from everywhere, jumped in the car and went off to paint shutters.  Here is a selection of some of the stuff we did; we basically kept going until we'd used all of the paint.  Vienna looks like a much brighter and happier place due to our visit.  Hopefully we'll get back there soon, finish the alphabet and maybe get some more numbers rolling.

A big THANK YOU to everybody who bought one of our lovely new screen prints, we are hoping to have everything posted out by Monday 6th of August.  Nelly Duff and Art Republic both have 50 prints each, they may well have sold out but if you missed out its worth a check.  

 

20/07/2012 13:44

Colour Fool - Vienna

Another week and another fat, ugly, bright orange EasyJet flight.  Why do they fly everywhere and why do I always end up on them.  If only Virgin Atlantic flew everywhere, I would be so much happier.  So we were picked up from the airport by Nicholas from Inoperable Gallery who had very kindly invited us out"to make zee street art in ze vanderful sity of Vienna".  Inoperable had found us a wall on the side of an old movie theatre.  The owners were totally cool and basically let us paint whatever we wanted, however the wall wasn't quite as accommodating.  After much thought I decided on the phrase 'Colour Fool', describing how positive I feel about my life right now.  Being with 2 Americans we discovered that if you say 'Colourful' repeatedly, over and over again in your most L.A gangsta lingo you can actually entertain yourself for days.  Try this yourselves, its really, really good fun.  If anyone has other phrases, in other accents that sound equally as funny please let us know and we'll put them up on a wall (this could be the start of something big.              or not).  

Just as we were leaving London we saw this new piece of street art down on Hackney Road, being pretty good and looking different to anything else out there at the moment, it caught our eye.  And so it follows that who do we bump into in Vienna but the Israeli kids responsible for the Hackney Road painting, Broken Fingaz (of which none seemed to have, but we didn't like to ask in case it involved some crazy Mossad secret intelligence punishment).  Go check them out  http://brokenfingaz.com/

Thanks to Nicholas and Nathalie from Inoperable for having us http://www.inoperable.at/

12/07/2012 00:02

Worth More - London

Apologies for those who live or work in Old Street - you must have been thinking "What the F#@! is he up to this time!" - Ben Eine and conceptual, unfinished, is that what its meant to look like ?, street art bollocks do not mix - and you would have been right.  It was the rain, it was our glourious British summer.  Four times we carried large bags of spray paint, ladders and packed lunches to London and four times we carried it all home.  The sun finally burst through the clouds, the rain held off for long enough and we got it finished.

10/04/2012 13:32

Worth More Than A Scion - San Francisco

Worth More Than A Scion - San Francisco

07/03/2012 19:56

Home Sweet Home Less - London

This is the third year that I'm supporting Shelter in their annual art auction http://england.shelter.org.uk/what_you_can_do/events_and_challenges/up_my_street and every year we talk about the possibility of me painting a wall to promote the fact.  At last all the planets aligned and a painting got painted.  Out of all the walls I've ever painted this is the wall that I've found the preparation the most frustrating.  I had an original idea for the painting, two words stretched out across all 4 panels.  I drew some sketches for this and I was quite pleased with how it was looking.  A few days before I was supposed to do the painting, Shelter came back and vetoed my choice of words.  I spent the next 3 days trying to think of 2 words that worked as well as my original idea, becoming more depressed and less enthusiastic as nothing was happening.  On the morning of painting I was still wrestling with my 2 words across the 4 panels.  Arriving at the wall and in a flash of inspiration whilst continuing my theme of 'less' words, it hit me - Home Sweet Home Less.  One word in each panel.  Job done. 

 

 

03/03/2012 23:47

Breathless in Sunny Hastings

This empty spot in Old Town, Hastings High Street had been painted with a diabolical piece of public art for as long as I've lived here.  The good Steph tracked down and spoke with the right people and quickly permission came my way to paint some "Street Art".  I don't think this was what most people were expecting as their only insight into the world of street art previously was a small child playing with sandcastles.  The amount of huffs and puffs and "we preferred it before"'s was quite comical, but we battled through the barrage of abuse, visits from the council's planning department and German tourists to paint this.  I enjoyed it, especially if outraged-from-Tunbridge-Wells is composing a letter to the Daily Mail as we speak.  Street Artists - come to Hastings if you still want to feel like a radical revolutionary.

 

28/02/2012 20:09

Sickness - San Francisco

While in Mexico I was heavily influenced by the hand painted advertising and signage - all around you, especially in the older districts you find these beautifully crafted, hand painted shop signs.  The thing that I found interesting about these was the individuality and the freedom of style.  It appeared that the sign writers painting them weren't following any rule books - something which would be considered a mistake over here looked perfect and seemed to work in the colouful and vibrant surroundings.  I left Mexico with some great ideas and new ways to continue my typographic mission.  Also on my mind was Sickboy's forthcoming show at White Walls Gallery.  I'm hopefully going to be in San Francisco at the time of his show and I've been thinking about collaborating on a large wall with him.  With this in mind I'd been sketching some ideas, when I was given the opportunity to paint this wall on Brannah and 6th.  The wall itself is not ideal; two grilled windows and a large shutter break it up.  I couldn't make one word or phrase fit around these obstacles so the best way to make this work seemed to be to paint 3 separate words on the larger sections of the wall.  I started with Sickness on the first day, combining two letter styles and breaking the word up into its individual syllables, making the word fit the space comfortably.   Day 2, with two more sections still to paint and happy with the way Sickness had come out, I wanted to continue with that theme.  So I started thinking about 4 letter words that worked with a 'less' or a 'ness'.  There are some funny ones out there, but after hearing Sam's (landlord of the building) life story 'Hopeless' and 'Loveless' were the most appropriate.

Thanks to Dscreet Ben for coming down and filming the action

28/02/2012 19:47

Faith - Mexico

Down in Chuloula or somewhere thats probably spelt properly, I'm unable to get to South Africa for Liberty's wedding.  I thought the least I could do is paint her name nice and big and call it her wedding present.  So Happy Wedding Day Faith, albeit (on the website) a little late.  Chuloola is a pretty cool spot, about 3 or 4 hour drive from Mexico City, this place really does feel lke you're in Mexico.  For some reason, maybe because of their spicy roasted tomato hot sauce, lots of street artists seem to have made their way down here.  This is the first place where it appears to be more street art than graffiti, even our buddy from Belgium and his black and white rats has passed through.

01/02/2012 17:24

Social Club - San Francisco

So 3 weeks in Mexico City finally came to an end.  Thanks to Pedro, Lorenzo and APC for hooking up all the walls and a car. We managed to paint something every other day, it’s a pretty free city where you can kind of paint where you want.  There is so much graffiti there no one cares.  The cops are all on the take so if you do get in trouble its no more than 20 bucks for a get out of jail free card.  I loved the place.

Now back in SF for a couple of weeks before heading home.  Painted this - Social Club - down in Oakland.  It’s on the side of an old music venue/Crack house, that’s slowly being turned back into a venue.  Social Club seemed to fit very nicely.

Not looking forward to the cold

Photo's courtesy of www.williamperls.com

01/02/2012 16:27

Mexican Round Up

Mexico City

20/01/2012 15:37

The Bread of the Rich - Mexico

The Bread of the Rich is the Struggle of the Poor - Mexico

17/01/2012 20:30

Danger - Mexico

Danger - Mexico City

12/01/2012 15:14

In Control - Mexico

In Control - Mexico City

09/01/2012 16:37

Enjoy - Mexico

Eine in Mexico

12/12/2011 19:22

Shutter Street - Miami

5th Avenue, Miami.  Not like 5th Avenue in New York but the only street in Wynwood full of shops with shutters.  We went down there with some permission slips and photo's of the stuff that we've done before and knocked on some doors, spoke to some Korean dudes and every 3rd of 4th shop reluctantly gave us permission to paint their shutters.  We turned up early morning Sunday and started painting the first store we had permission for.  Within minutes PC plod rolled up politely asking 'What the fuck?'.  As Steph had the shortest skirt and a brand new 'Guilty' tattoo we sent her over to deal with it.  10 or so minutes later it was all cool.    With that part of the process dealt with we continued painting every shutter down the entire length of 5th Ave with our own police protection.  40 shutters later, as the sun was beginning to set, we waved 'Goodbye' to PC Plod and decided never to show our faces on 5th Avenue again.  

thanks to www.deadfix.com for hooking up some photo's 

10/12/2011 18:28

Wasting - Miami

Part 2 of My Valuable Time - Wasting.  This was Saturday when all hell was breaking loose.  I had a sick spot that I wanted to paint but unfortunately the dude who owned the wall was totally not down.  I sat there for about an hour weighing up the risks and it was just a bit too hot, with my reputation.  So I had a little spot around the corner and we went and rocked that.  Just as I was running out of paint Australia turned up and filled in the gap.  A sick little collab with Lister.  Very pleased as without Wasting, My Valuable Time was sending out the wrong message.  

foto©GarethGooch

08/12/2011 16:55

My Valuable Time - Miami

The Montana Compound - Wynwood.  This is the place where the graffiti world was centered in Miami.  Crazy heads from all over painted in this giant lot and Rough the grass did something crap, apart from him it was insane to see the pieces that people were pulling off.  Wynwood at night turned into the Wild West, the police didn't seem to care and EVERYTHING was getting bombed to fuck.  For lots of people, if you didn't get your photographs before the sun set, by the time you came back in the morning your painting had been destroyed by the local vandals.  Its. Such. Fun.

Photos to come of the Wasting half of My Valuable Time.  Me and Lister killed it.  

 

 

foto©GarethGooch

29/11/2011 15:22

More Light More Power

In old London times, before electricity, before Jack the Ripper and just after Shakespeare, Shoreditch built the biggest gasworks in London.  Streetlights and shop fronts were lit with powerful gas lamps.  The authorities at the time were so proud that around the Royal crest of their new town hall they had the words - "More Light, More Power" carved and its still there today.   Unlike Whirley Gig, the London Apprentice and the Shoredicth Twat.  Here's to More Light More Power. 

 

 

foto©GarethGooch

18/11/2011 18:56

Miami Vandals

Arrived in Miami with no walls to paint and paint not arriving for another week.  Luckily we hooked up with Above who had loads of paint he didn't want and this time of year in Miami so many people are painting stuff on the street that the police turn a blind eye to you, which is nice.  First installment - Miami Vandals.  Watch this space.

 

foto©GarethGooch

06/11/2011 02:35

London Riot

Hackney Road, Thursday 3rd November.  Firework night just around the corner and traditionally a night where the young try to overthrow the man in power.  Be warned, London is a sparkler waiting for a match.