Kevin Cyr’s show In Praise of Rust comes down this weekend, check it out if you can.
Photo by Alessandro Zuek Simonetti
Stay High 149, Rest In Peace
Pose, Vizie, and Steel on the LRG Artist Driven Asia Tour.
In Classic Hits, authors Paul Iovino and Alan Fleisher explore Graffiti’s formative years through candid stories and interviews with early pioneers such as Ale One, All Jive 161, Blade, Cay 161, Checker 170, Clyde, Death, FDT 56, Flint 707, Iz The Wiz, Jester 1, Joe 182, Lava, LSD OM, Mico, Pnut 2, Roger 1, Ski 168, Snake 1, Taki 183 and Vamm.
by Will Robson-Scott
This is so nice. Horfe, ILoveDust, and Topsafe for the win.
A Chuck Brown tribute by Sonik
Revok reminisces in this promo for the upcoming Seventh Letter x Hundreds line.
Doubling down in Detroit.
Razz was a guy with a really colorful teenage life that after years of running in the streets could see it wasn’t a place for living, so he went to college, got the education he needed to go into business and stay in business his entire adult life. I didn’t know much about his family, but I know he was an older brother to hundreds, maybe thousands of wall writers in Philadelphia over the last 30 years. If you wanted an autograph or some validation for the graffiti you were writing, Razz would give it to you, but he’d also teach by example that real success takes showing up for work everyday. It’s remarkable that he grew up and went to work, and the fact that I thought it was remarkable testifies to the peril of being a king in a field of endeavor with no way to transfer that status to normal life. A lot of writers would call themselves king, then sit on a throne and produce nothing but shit. When he referred to himself as “Lord Imperial Razz” It was meant as half man and half mantra. Razz never got stuck on just being a king, he accepted the responsibility of the crown to be better, and so he was better, every day of his too short 47 years here.
The photos were taken by his friend and conspirator Mr. Blint, and the two of them together really sum up the best of Philadelphia, on a level of cool beyond all known boundaries.
more photos and scans at Cment1
I’d forgotten all about this animation for the Beastie Boys on the Skills to Pay The Bills vhs. Turns out it was done by Wolf AOK.
“This interactive and informal discussion focuses on how graffiti has influenced my development as a collage artist, letterist and illustrator. The talk will explore my techniques and unorthodox practices using hand lettering in relationship to my fine art and commercial art.”
Pose, Vizie, and Steel of the LRG Artist Driven team on the first stop of their Asian tour in Bangkok. Shot by KC Ortiz and Dylan Maddux.