15″ x 17″
edition of 50
15″ x 17″
edition of 50
Powell St., 1995
Basquiat: The Show Must Go On by Glenn O’Brien
I met Jean-Michel Basquiat in 1979 when he was 19 years old. I had been curious about SAMO©, whose rude and amusing graffiti had recently popped up around downtown Manhattan. People who made graffiti were then referred to as writers, but SAMO© was the first one who actually wrote more than a name. He was a poet and a provocateur, writing cryptic messages marking himself as a sort of a metacritical institution. Kilroy was here…and then there was Samo. If this was graffiti at all, it was something quite different. Graffiti had been almost a sport, a way for young urbanites to publicize their existence in a world of corporate logos by marking out territory, a practice so primal that a dog would understand.
Parallel Rails: ICHABOD by Caleb Neelon
Through an article in the New Yorker, a freight train legend learns that he’s been living with Asperger’s.
Dave Schubert, MQ rally
Paired with a slideshow TWIST created for his 2012 mid-career retrospective at BAM / PFA.
Also, if you haven’t read it yet; Twenty People Offer Fond Memories About Barry McGee on the Occasion of his Mid-career Survey Show at the Boston ICA
Here is the full short film “based on the true story of Shepard Fairey’s first act of street art during his time at Rhode Island School of Design from 1989-1992.”
We are pleased to present our 171st installment of Sound Advice featuring Handselecta. Created in 2003 by Christian Acker, Handselecta is a project to create authentic and usable fonts based upon graffiti hand styles. The culmination of this project is the 2013 book Flip the Script, A Guide Book For Aspiring Vandals and Typographers.
Sound Advice 171
01. Apache by Incredible Bongo Band
02. Out Ta Bomb by Lordz Of Brooklyn
03. Hard Times by Baby Huey
04. Return Of The Funky Man by Lord Finesse
05. Check Tha Resume by Grand Puba
06. Forty Days by Billy Brooks
07. The White Moses by Beezwax
08. Speaker Breaker by Ray Barbee Meets The Mattson 2
09. Skillz by Gang Starr
10. Beautiful Music by Action Bronson
11. Summer In The City by Quincy Jones
12. Wrong Side of Da Tracks by Artifacts
13. Give It Up by Lee Dorsey
14. Easy Star by Poor Righteous Teachers
15. Sport by Lightnin’ Rod
16. The Only One by The Black Keys
17. Music Man by Pleasure
18. Groovin’ by Willie Mitchell
19. Flip The Script (Outro)
Barry McGee talks about Tagging
The movie about the early life of Shepard Fairey.
Directed by Julian Marshall
I really didn’t even want to try interviewing Barry McGee about his show opening tomorrow in my hometown at the Boston ICA. He’s well known to be hard to pin down and clearly doesn’t enjoy doing them. So instead, I asked a few people to write a sentence or two about him. It says a great deal about Barry that so many artists, some who know him well personally and some who do not, got back to me with such alacrity.
— Caleb Neelon
WHY. I HATE. GRAFFITI by Bob Nickas
Mr. Green @ Art Basel ft. Rime, Wen, Chocolatte Lady and Mr. Do or Die.
Check the Seventh Letter’s new video Miami Nights, Scandalous Times With Party People after the jump.