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zine title: Of Japan
photos: I’ve been taking photos of graffiti since early 2009/late 2008. I’ve been shooting in general for a bit longer.
graff: I’ve been following graff for about the amount of time, maybe a little earlier. It mostly started when i was taking the train to college from Long Island. Seeing the graff along the LIRR was really the starting block.
project: I love doing zines just as something fun to do. One of my passions is book design and so I just kind of make them when I’m bored. I’ve created a few zines that only exist in about 10 copies or so just because I never got around to printing them. The current project I’ve been working on and just finished is the “Of Japan” zine which documents the scene in Tokyo, Japan (a city I’m in love with).
details: Currently the way to pick it up is by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am still in the process of printing, but have a decent amount that I’m starting to put out there. Eventually i may also have the link on a bigcartel. Zine is full color, 80 pages and I’ve thrown in a couple of 4×6′s for fun (since i don’t really do stickers or anything).
Name: Yoav Litvin
1. When did you start doing photography?
I started taking pictures in high school. Then at 21 I took a photography course and learned shooting with an SLR, dark room skills etc.
2. When did you first get interested in street art/graffiti? How?
Two and a half years ago.
I wanted to get some exercise and at the same time get to know NYC better. So I started going on long walks and took my camera along with me- I especially frequented Williamsburg and the Bronx. Then I simply took pictures, and posted them on Instagram. Slowly I learned the identity of the artists I particularly liked and met others that shared my passion for street art and urban culture.
3. A book is a very ambitious project. What made you think to do one?
As I took more and more pictures and got to know more of the artists, I looked for a good document of the contemporary scene, a book. Surprisingly, I couldn’t find one. I realized this is a very unique moment in New York City history and it needs to be documented. I knew that I had the necessary photography writing, and editing skills to do it- So I did!
I’ve enjoyed the process of making Outdoor Gallery more than any other project I’ve ever done!
4. Did it take a while to shop around?
Yes. I wrote many publishers. Several showed interest but ultimately I went with my favorite- Gingko Press.
5. How has the reception of the book been?
So far I’ve gotten very positive responses from fans and artists in the community. It makes a world of difference when you approach a creative project with respect and professionalism and I believe it shines through when you read the text and look at the photos. I wanted the artists all to feel Outdoor Gallery appropriately represents them and their work, in addition to conveying my personal narrative as a documenter. Ultimately everyone involved is very pleased with the result: artists, my designer, publisher and myself of course, and that makes me especially proud.
6. What are your future plans?
I have lots of new projects in mind!
Where to buy: Museum shops including the MoMA and Guggenheim, Strand Books, Zakka (BK), many other retailers throughout NYC, the US and Europe, Amazon.com
And any thank yous, shout outs etc.
Thanks to all involved in the book- the artists who shared their work and thoughts, my designer Steven Mosier and Gingko Press. Also thanks to the wonderful street art/graffiti community in New York City for their support!
Name: A whole bunch of “noms de plume” before sticking with CPSH 74.
Location: A suburb on the south side of Paris.
Start date: I started skateboarding when I was a kid and it just came natural to grab a paint marker and draw on my boards. One day I went off and started writing on the banks. I later moved up to the “Ile-de-France” (the Paris suburbs) around 1986/87. Each day I rode on the south section of the D-line to go to school and I would stare out the windows to take in and learn the graffiti. This lead me to start painting around a year later. My first attempt at graffiti was a “copy/paste” throw-up. I had no clue about all the different styles. I learned each letter by heart and adapted it to my name. Worst move ever but, “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes,” Oscar Wilde Style… I never gave up. Always used to say that I skate and I write like a dilettante. We’re now in 2014 and I’m still doing it. Stickers, a few tags, some throw-ups and a couple of pieces a year keep me alive, all while managing workshops with kids and my studio work.
Influence: At first, I was really into west side graffiti, straight inspiration was clearly the early 90’s skate videos and Thrasher magazine. Given my location and also that era (without internet and cellphone), if you wanted to see a piece, it was a real mission. Each photo in any newspaper, each flick in any movie could be inspiration. Then a friend showed me ‘Beat Street’. It was a blast. Even if it was crap compared to ‘StyleWars’, it was the ignition. The local graffiti crews (OBK KOS 176) were the trigger. I got my hands on the first issues of ‘INTOX’ magazine and got to see the work of BBC, 156, PCP, TNI… My love for stickers also came from my childhood and skateboarding. Can’t walk out without carrying a bunch.
Effect: I started teaching graffiti basics to kids five years ago. Now I’m working with schools, youth-houses, a specialized school for children with disabilities, also working for a humanitarian emergency service as graffiti speaker. This is a good way to raise awareness and teach people about graffiti. Change the negative mentality and throw away the stereotypes. When a kid asks me to keep a can or two after a week of workshop, I feel like the job is done.
Long run: Putain de merde. I don’t know but like I told you before, I started 25 years ago and never thought that I would be doing the same thing and still enjoying it now as much as the first day. I’m still pushing my board and still catching some tags so “all good in the hood”. Let the others speak and tomorrow’s another day to laugh.
Bonjour to 176-ICM-MBI-NWA-TTC-FAC-L5K-FCS-OUF & LeC.-CSC-BGM-FYA-1K & WODAS-RPP-8U-HSV-FTV-SIC, Tey, 2, Skerk, Zeo, Dye, Senil, Kopat, Whoz, DjFAZtms, R1, Vesy, GoodWater, WhatYouWrite, Akts, Juice, Age42, RoyceB, Burns124, Easteric, Luke & SNUB, 455er, Howie, Projeto Chã, Librestyle, Wazo, Ame, Epsy, Ers73, Ruk, Loga, Amboz, Bo130 & MicroBo, Conan, Kmr54, Soket, Lunkie, JoHell, L’Ours, EndlessCanvas, Bomit, ST ..a special to Sonik, the whole CREAM Team & Hey’Las22.
Long live to the whole RWK crew, have fun and drink beer.
Long live king TIE1 – S.F. Kicks – Yannick
A few years ago I saw some pictures of stickers by Four Eyes and I liked what i saw. I asked Simple33 about him cause they are both from Detroit. He showed me some more of his work out there.
Check out this video
Name: Vanessa Foley
Location: Newcastle, UK
Start date: I have painted and drawn for as long as I can remember, it has always been my main interest and passion in life. I have always thought of myself as an artist, but as it wasn’t my way of making a living, I lacked the self discipline and drive needed to create art on a regular basis.
I recognised that things would never move forward for me, career wise, if I didn’t start to treat my work with the respect that it deserved. So about two years ago I registered as a self employed artist, and this small act changed my view of my work. It was no longer something I did when I wasn’t at work, it was my work! This shift in perspective really turned things round for me, and now I am able to work full time as an artist.
Influences: I am very inspired by other bird artists especially Raymond Harris Ching and John James Audubon, I adore their work and dedication to the natural world. But I am also very inspired by the work of the artists that I am lucky enough to be friends with, even though the work that we produce might be very different to my own, the attitude we have towards our work is exactly the same. I find it extremely inspiring to see how hard they work and how dedicated they are to producing beautiful things.
Effect: (how you think or want your work to effect people, world etc) My work focusses mostly on birds, it started as being local birds that I would see in the city in which I live. I felt that as they are quite common sights they can unfortunately often be overlooked, and I wanted to draw people’s attention to these fascinating little creatures.
As my work has gained a more widespread audience I have been able to depict birds from around the world, very often I will choose birds that have a ‘threatened’ or ‘endangered’ status. Once again to make people look properly at these incredible creatures that we are fortunate enough to share our planet with, and perhaps make then consider ways in which they can help, or even just not harm, them.
Long run: (where will you take it, be in a few years etc) I am very happy with the pace that my work is progressing, and even a year ago couldn’t have imagined how popular my birds would have become. So really even if things just stay exactly the same for me, it’s still all a dream come true. I am doing my dream job, have made some incredible friends through it and get to spend most days looking at birds, how can I improve on that?
What makes you decide if a piece will be in Graphite or paint? Most of my work are commission pieces, so the choice would be the clients. If its gallery work and I have free reign, I will always choose oil paint! But if I have left myself with too little time, it’s graphite. I love both mediums very much, and it’s great to have the option of one or the other, it keeps things fresh and exciting.
Check out this amazing collaboration “Sweet Dreamers”
by Michael Banks (Sugar Fueled)
Crews: KIS Keepen It Simple. 1ma. One Man Army
1. When did you start? Why?
Got started bout 92/93 around there. It was past down from one of my cousins I seen him writing, I was like I wanna do that too. That’s when he past me my first pilot. It was on since then.
CES YES2 MED and da Bronx
3. You do a backwards C in your tags. Why?
Cause it was something that will catch your eye when u seen it, plus with the arrow T it was like art in its self! Original. I never seen no body do it!!
4. Recently clean trains have been getting hit again. What’s your feeling on this?
That’s a good thing. I’m the motivator behind this wonderful new movement happening lately. This is where it started from and I’m going to keep it there !!
5. You do a lot of high-risk spots but you also keep your presences in the street known. Is catching street tags and fills as fun/important as a clean train?
Well im an all around graff head; tag, throwie, straight letters, blockbusters, paint rollers, stickers and piecing. For me streets are too easy! Over rated with hippy yuppie (street art). I do the streets with my eyes closed. Trains are my life.
6. I asked Vew about involving cartoons and recognizable images in pieces. Do you include them as homage or to help draw the viewer in?
The ones Vew and me pick are very thought out! But lately I thought I can pay homage to fellow writers by throwing in their work with mine cause I can draw my self (self taught) on trains so they can see what I see!
7. Where do you see yourself and your art in a few years?
Hopefully get me a paint deal. Don’t care bout money. Paint makes me happy!
Shout outs etc:
NO BODY SHOUTS ME OUT. Thanks to KIS 1ma and all the people who laughed at me when I said I was going to bring this clean train movement back … MOTIVATION!!
shout out to my man lordzNYC