Sam Rodriguez doesn’t claim to do “street art.” He calls it what it is: graffiti. And graffiti is something he’s been doing since before he was even a teenager.
“Honestly, I didn’t know for the first few years that graffiti was art,” he says. “It was just something you did. [But] then, I was thinking to myself: ‘I want to start developing myself as an artist.’” So that’s precisely what he did.
Sam pursued something that a lot of artists don’t bother to these days: an education. Though no one in his family has ever even finished high school, Sam knows that fortune comes to those who seek it. So he sought to hone his skills with a thorough training in the arts. “It was a chance I had to take,” he says, and it was a chance that definitely paid off, as he has been moving forward ever since. Sam believes that this kind of forward momentum and dedication to taking risks are crucial for any artist. “There’s always an opportunity to grow,” he says, as long as you’re open to it.”
For more on how Sam Rodriguez found his fortune, as well as his most recent artistic collaboration, be sure to check out the video above. – Complex
In the first edition of One Shot, One Kill we are taking you through a one take of getting ready to start our day. We spend most of the year on the road traveling, judging, teaching or battling. Here we try to give you the feel of what it feels like to rush out the door while on tour.
The idea behind this is to show a full round of breaking. We can always make ourselves look good by creating cut videos to specifically highlight our best moves. So with so many videos looking a like, I had to try something new. In a battle you would never cut your rounds up to be a highlight. We gotta rock a solid round to win battles. So with this we give ourselves one shot to hit a solid round. Here’s a closer look at what it would feel like to see someone rock a full round in front of you. – RoxRite
In September of 2010, Ian de Beer, aka HERT, was sentenced to 1-3 years in state penitentiary for graffiti. Regarded by many of his peers as one of the most talented young artists emerging on the East Coast, he now faced severe restrictions. After a year in prison he was moved first to a half-way house and is currently still confined to his hometown in Western New York State. His artistic interests have broadened considerably in recent years, but de Beer’s transition to a professional art career is facing serious hurdles: Under the condition of his parole, de Beer is not allowed to use a wide variety of art materials, including paint and any type of marker or pen, even to create works on paper or canvas. MORE
The folks over at Casquette and Company continue putting out quality zines. Their latest offering is Y’all Dont documenting Begr’s sprays across the USA. Everything from the streets, to freights, to clean trains are featured in this 72 page color/B&W 6×6 zine. Limited to 350 copies with stickers included this will go fast so don’t sleep! Order yours today at http://casquetteandco.bigcartel.com/product/yall-dont-begr - JUXTAPOZ
photos via The Flop Box
TRAV | END OF THE BEGINNING
Opening reception June 28, 2014 | 7-10p
The Seventh Letter Flagship Store and Gallery
346 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Trav is a California-based artist who was raised on traditional letter-based graffiti. Well versed in typography, as well as the use of color, form, and line; he has adapted this diverse skill set to create an impressive new body of work. He draws much of his inspiration from hand painted signs, fashion and geometric patterns. The goal for this show is to create thought-provoking paintings that straddle the line between a traditional sign painting aesthetic, and more colorful geometric patterns reminiscent of those seen within his graffiti. The result of this pairing is somewhat of a departure from his earlier work, which was more heavily rooted in a complex graffiti aesthetic. Forgoing some of the more abstracted letter-forms, he has simplified the lettering to more easily recognizable typography. This was done in order to bring the literal messages to the forefront. Paying homage to the tradition of commercial sign painting, he paints sayings that he finds meaningful, onto wooden panels using oil-based sign painters enamel. Trav’s raw creativity, painstaking attention to detail, and mastery of color and design combine to form an exciting new body of work. – The Seventh Letter
Here is ‘Let It Bang’, the first single off the album “Heart Of The City” by Rey Resurreccion.
Deconstructions is a double personal exhibition of the two world wide famous graffiti writers Raptuz and Poesia, which is born with the idea of making tangible the relationships that occur in the development of their indoor practices. Organized as a collaboration between Nina Torres Fine Art Gallery and Hausammann Gallery, the exhibition will be opened to the public on July 18th until the 31st, in Miami, at the location of Nina Torres Fine Art Gallery.
Introduced with a critical essay by the contemporary art curator Giada Pellicari, the exhibition will take place along the wide rooms of the space of the gallery and wants to propose a parallelism between the works by the two graffiti writers that, even if they come from two different countries in which graffiti art scene is completely different, are both based on the idea of deconstruction through the use of mixed techniques: in the case of Raptuz the analysis is more focused on iconic figures and objects, whereas for Poesia it’s more channeled to the act of painting and gesture through different decompositions of letters form.
The whole exhibition will also mirror the topic of series, which is fundamental in the development of the works by both the artists, for whom it is not just an issue to solve through the use of paint and spray-paint, but also a real method of production. All the paintings should be considered in this way as finite and functional on their own, but also as a step for the development of a complex corpus that should be seen together and experienced in situ along the environment. The artworks, then, will be mostly new and realized for the occasion of Deconstructions, a term that, actually, not only stands as a name that properly describe their way of conceiving their last production of canvases, but that should also be considered as a theme to develop through the exhibition imagined as a path. The opening will be characterized by a live painting through which the graffiti writers will show their skills and way of realizing their artworks.
There will also be an effective connection with Miami – Wynwood, the neighborhood that is world-renowned for the existence of important pieces by street artists and graffiti writers, for which Raptuz and Poesia will create two murals beginning from July 11th.
Deconstructions exhibition is developed in partnership with: Kobrapaint, streetartattack.com and Graffuturism.
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Produced & Arranged: Jerry Da Hermit
Bass: Keith Brinkley
Vocals: Anya Kvitka