Currently headed to Sacramento for @wideopenwalls916_ should be making a start on my wall tomorrow. Video by @chopemdownfilms
I wanted to share something a little personal on here today about some of my struggles with ADHD. I was never officially diagnosed as a kid (although my mum could've told you) but as an adult I'm almost the text book case. It's been the double edged sword in my life, the gift & the curse & over the past year it's not only been the basis of misunderstandings with others but also the root of me misunderstanding myself. I wanted to share this because I know a lot of other people out there (I suspect a disproportionate number of graffiti writers) will relate. I'd love to hear how others manage it in their lives. Shout outs to @petraleary - I included your quote from the other day! 😄
Just a little @berst_1 appreciation post. One of the most talented, easily the most innovative and motivated writers in NZ history! Here's a selection of personal favourites from the past 7 years - couldn't find a few I really wanted online but anyway, all of these are incredible.
Just went into a nostalgic vortex over on @dollars_and_fame page. A lot of people did graffiti in Auckland in the 90's but not many people could do it at the level that DAF crew could. When I was just starting out these guys were the gods of the scene - particularly at first Merksta & Aaron B but then later on when Tank relocated to Auckland, him and Dione made a huge impact on Auckland graffiti. The thing that always impresses me was Dione & I were pretty much the same age but through the type of mentoring that was really rare in our city he progressed to a high level really early on. This was definitely Auckland's golden era. ✨✨✨
Final shot of today's painting with @houseofmeggs for @dobeltequila at @lollapalooza - we both went pretty tropical today but I'm happy with it - worked out a couple of new ideas/processes along the way!
@houseofmeggs & I got the memo this morning re tropical attire 😄- that seems to have spilled through into the vibe of today's paintings for @dobeltequila at @lollapalooza
Here's the final shots of yesterday's piece with @houseofmeggs for @dobeltequila at @lollapalooza - of course I painted right until the concerts end and didn't see any acts but happy that I pulled it together in one day! About to start the next painting now.
Repost of some drone footage from @danieltyree from the last day at @wideopenwalls916_ in Sacramento. I'm working on the final elements on the front & @reverenddestructo is hard at work on the side.
At last, finally finished up this epic week at @wideopenwalls916_ in Sacramento. It was fantastic to create something in line with my current studio work at this scale. As I mentioned earlier, there were a lot of hurdles along the way (usual story these days) but thanks to the help of Christian, @hightech_lowlife @reverenddestructo @mothbear & @jazzysf (troopers) we managed to pull this together! This work is based on the traces of humanity, signs of life we leave behind us - the accidental or unintentional graffiti created by an ever churning society. @WideOpenWalls916_
Some photos from @dymskov from a few days back at my wall for @wideopenwalls916_ in Sacramento. Feeling all types of beat up today but incredibly grateful for all the help from Christian, @hightech_lowlife @reverenddestructo Diana & @jazzysf ✨✨✨ - Seriously, this has been a mission but you all made it so much better! Thank you so much!
Epic sunset at @wideopenwalls916_ in Sacramento tonight - big shout out to @hightech_lowlife & @reverenddestructo for helping me make up some lost time!
It's an uphill battle but starting to make progress at @wideopenwalls916_ in Sacramento. Here's a shot from yesterday by @dymskov
Finally settled on a concept and making my start on this wall for @wideopenwalls916_ in Sacramento. They must've picked this one for me knowing I'm from NZ - corrugated iron is after all the building material of choice back home! Having minor lift issues but should be a lot of progress in the next few days so stay tuned!
I'm sorry but hang on a second... What?! Actually stop & think about this for a second. I mean obviously, amongst every other stupid, offensive & dangerous thing this guy has done/said this week, he's implying that the threat of a nuclear attack on a small Pacific nation is great for tourism? This is a hugely insightful quote in regards to understanding Trumps complete disconnect from the gravity & reality of his own actions.
Been at @lollapalooza all day today with my friend @houseofmeggs painting for @dobeltequila - it's been really fun so far - good vibes & good conversation have meant the days gone fast, so quickly finishing up this background & about to pick some unsuspecting passer by to paint 😄
Yesterday I caught up with my good friend @tenderj for the first time in 2 years - got to visit him in his studio & see the madness he's currently cooking up. Actually we got so locked in conversation I didn't shoot a single photo so just had to repost this one from his IG of something fairly recent. Jordan's always been ahead of the curve, always innovating and always thinking deeply about his work. 6 years ago I visited his old studio with @_revok_ @zesmsk & @_augor_ while driving cross country and just a few hours in that environment gave me motivation to step my game up & really pursue my art more seriously. We had some great talks yesterday about what it is to come of age as a graffiti writer and how that feeds what we do as artists & more importantly how to juggle that work/life balance. Once again I walked away heavily motivated! ✨✨✨✨
In addition to yesterday's post - it's definitely worth acknowledging @saberawr LA river piece as a massive mural scaled strictly letters based work painted 100% without permission, no sponsorship, access equipment or otherwise. That's why this piece still stands cemented in history and honestly has never been surpassed!
I've been thinking a lot about about the big mural movement lately & more specifically how it relates back to graffiti. Considering so many of us painting large work have roots in graffiti it is interesting how our evolution has seen us essentially move away from those traditions and into making different looking work. It made me think back to what even inspired me to want to work big in the first place & truthfully it was artists like @mirkoreisser & others from Europe at that time who when transitioning to making larger work sought more to elevate their graffiti into something grander that still adhered to the stylings of their graffiti pieces. This is not a discussion about what defines graffiti as such but more about where a graffiti writer goes stylistically once they're given the opportunity to work at scale and in situations previously not open to them. The last image is a mural from the mid 90's by Daim, Loomit & others that was the first really major graffiti mural of the scale people are doing today that I remember seeing. I guess what I've been thinking about is that what gives this art validity is the belief that it has purpose & deserves recognition on its own without us having to completely shift what we do.
because it didn't flare 😄 - but here's an outtake.
I was really honoured to speak to a group of @berst_1 @cdva_2017 students at Unitec last week - this is a small excerpt from the talk that he's put up on his YouTube channel. It a was a pretty casual talk in a class room setting & although I love to talk I always hate hearing my own voice on these videos 😂 - either way, managed to cover a lot of ground regarding my evolution & process over the years. Check it out if that's your type of thing, I believe the link to his channel is over on his profile!