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    Aug 02

    WALL\THERAPY 2015 – Recap Trailer

    Written by dumbwall

    Enjoy a first taste of what transpired during WALL\THERAPY 2015! We will be releasing a new short feature every Monday through August 2015 highlighting our participating muralists. WALL\THERAPY and URBAN NATION are joined together to launch an International exchange program between Rochester and Berlin this year. Artists curated by the UN Director Yasha Young were invited to participate and contribute to the program of WALL\THERAPY 2015, curated by Ian...

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    Jul 31

    Roskilde Graffiti Camp #RFGRAFF

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    Roskilde Graffiti Camp

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    Jul 30

    Risk “Old Habits Die Hard”

    Written by dumbwall

    OLD HABITS DIE HARD By RISK. With text from: Roger Gastman and a foreword by SEEN. 1xRUN is pleased to present the definitive book on Los Angeles graffiti originator and icon RISK. With a career spanning over four decades RISK recounts his history, failures, success and of course the many brushes with the law. Over 350 pages and 700+ many never-before-seen photos help navigate the reader through the story...

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    Jul 29

    imaone(JP) & Zed1(IT) on Kawada Bldg. Tokyo

    Written by dumbwall

    Directed by imaone & Kosaku Shimamoto Edit by Kosaku Shimamoto Photo by imaone & Ittoku Kawasaki instagram.com/ittokuchang/

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    Jul 27

    Sofles | Graffiti Mapped

    Written by dumbwall

    Video by Selina Miles documenting the “Sofles – Graffiti Mapped” project for White Night in Melbourne, Australia in 2015. Art by Sofles sofles.com

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    Interview with Telmo & Miel Interview with Telmo & Miel Interview with Telmo & Miel Interview with Telmo & Miel Interview with Telmo & Miel Interview with Telmo & Miel
    Jul 27

    Interview with Telmo & Miel

    Written by dumbwall

    Hello T&M, I’ve seen your most recent wall in Heerlen. Absolutely stunning. Great composition on an impressive palette. How would you describe it? T&M: Thanks for the compliment, we think it turned out pretty cool as well. It was a little bit of experimentation on this one, used a load of acrylics besides the spray can. We came up with the sketch quite randomly actually. Street Art Heerlen came...

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    Jul 26

    Montana™ Cans – Tristan Eaton

    Written by dumbwall

    POW!WOW! Long Beach 2015

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    Jul 25

    Lords Crew – Mural Harbor – Linz 2015

    Written by dumbwall

    A couple of weeks ago, the LORDS CREW was invited to contribute a painting to the Mural Harbor in Linz, one of Austria’s most innovative spots for Urban Art and muralism.The LORDS (Legends Of Rare Designs), founded in 1986 in San Jose, is a collective of Graffiti artists from California with members in Austria. To strengthen their special connection, austrian crew members FADER, NYCHOS, PHEKT, SHED and SHUE77 invited...

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    Jul 22

    Face Time’ Mural, Berlin – Various & Gould

    Written by dumbwall

    The duo’s first large scale mural in Berlin (on 350 m²) reflects their love for collage and screen-printing. The image is part of their current and same-titled series ‘Face Time’, which subverts the idea of portraits in a traditional sense, and plays with fictional patchwork identities.

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    Jul 22

    Interview with WD

    Written by dumbwall

    Hello WD, how would you describe your latest production?  The title is “No land for the Poor” and as it’s written, is dedicated to the Poor and Homeless in Greece and around the Globe. 
As part of Greek reality I can’t and I don’t want to ignore the existing situation all these last years of austerity; the increasing 
of poverty, the increasing of homeless people, the increasing of unemployment, the increasing of suicides,...

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JR

New giant piece entitled “Migrants, Ibrahim, Mingora-Philadelphia” by JR in Philly, invited by the city’s Mural Arts Program.

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Alexis Diaz

Here’s the new super detailed piece by Alexis Diaz for SeaWalls in Cozumel, Mexico.

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Fintan Magee

‘The spear fishermen’ Cozumel, Mexico. This mural depicts two local spear fisherman. Since an invasive species of lion fish has arrived in the Caribbean it has caused extensive damage...

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James Jean

One of the finest illustrator in the world, James Jean, painted this brilliant piece for Pow! Wow! Long Beach, CA.  

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Van Helten

New great piece entitled “Lilly of the Valley” painted on a huge wall by the always surprising Guido Van Helten on the streets of Kiev, Ukraine.

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Bordalo II

New stunning installation entitled “Salamander” by Bordalo II on the streets of Agueda, Portugal, for AgitÁgueda curated by Mistaker Maker.

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Conor Harrington

New giant piece entitled “Warsaw Fight Club” by Conor Harrington on the streets of Warsaw, Poland for the  Street Art Doping Festival.

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WD

  Great piece entitled “No Land for the Poor” by WD on the streets of Athens, Greece. Is it in Europe or Asia?

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ZED1

New piece entitled “Integrate Yourself” by ZED1 for the Down On The Street Festival in Poggibonsi, Italy.

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Risk “Old Habits Die Hard”

OLD HABITS DIE HARD
By RISK. With text from: Roger Gastman and a foreword by SEEN.

1xRUN is pleased to present the definitive book on Los Angeles graffiti originator and icon RISK. With a career spanning over four decades RISK recounts his history, failures, success and of course the many brushes with the law.

Over 350 pages and 700+ many never-before-seen photos help navigate the reader through the story of Los Angeles graffiti and how it was shaped. From the very early 80s to present-day, RISK has not slowed down but instead has continued to evolve, remaining at the forefront of the culture. Over the years, many graffiti writers and street artists have come and gone, but RISK has established that he is here to stay through his constant progression and his willingness to stay true to his art. This book narrates his role as one of the pioneers of graffiti in Los Angeles and his aim to not only push the boundaries of his own art but also help elevate the graffiti movement to worldwide recognition.

Read stories about climbing and painting one of the first LA freeway signs later dubbed Heavens, painting the set of a Michael Jackson video, getting shot at in the infamous Motor Yard, to painting backgrounds for Playboy magazine shoots. The many stories and events that encompass the journey of RISK are impressive and inspiring, fully illustrating his extraordinary ambition.

“RISK is authentic to his original inspiration, but ambitious in his evolution.”
-Shepard Fairey

“RISK isn’t an artist, RISK IS A FORCE OF NATURE!”
-Ron English

“RISK is to graffiti as AEROSMITH is to rock!”
-Aerosmith

Book Details
Hardbound + dust jacket
Trim Size: 8.5” x 11”
Page Count: 352 + end leafs
Word Count: 26,059
Image Count: 726
Fists Edition: 2000
Publisher: 1xRUN Detroit
Printed in the USA
riskoldhabits.com

A TALK WITH:::

Interview with Telmo & Miel

tumblr_nr2esp7Jq61rp2h1mo1_1280Hello T&M, I’ve seen your most recent wall in Heerlen.
Absolutely stunning. Great composition on an impressive palette. How would you describe it?

T&M: Thanks for the compliment, we think it turned out pretty cool as well. It was a little bit of experimentation on this one, used
a load of acrylics besides the spray can. We came up with the sketch quite randomly actually. Street Art Heerlen came to us
on short notice but we liked the wall a lot, so we decided to cram it in the schedule. I (Miel) was thinking of doing something with
a rain dear, just because it’s a cool animal and the antlers always make sure it has a nice silhouette. Telmo added the passed out kid and some gloves to give it our flavor. All i can say is; acrylics rock! Especially together with cans..

tumblr_n5m8uoQnAv1rp2h1mo1_1280Hundreds of artists out there make pieces every day. How do you think could be your style defined?

T&M: Our work is definitely surrealistic, but the style we bring specifically gives a positive and funny perspective on life illustrating
craziness and peculiarities. Maybe you could describe it more as dreams rather than nightmares. Even the skulls we use in our work
have a more positive look then most do. Sometimes it gets translated into a pop art kind of feel, but mostly it’s telling a story for
everyone to interpret themselves.

tumblr_nonwaj35ir1rp2h1mo1_1280How would you develop your style in the near future, is there something you are studying right now or trying to get and it still eludes you?

T&M: Acrylics would be our next step in evolving our techniques. We’re studying the balance between the contrast of
hard acrylics next to the softness of the spray. So what we want to do is use the acrylics to give it life and movement with hard
lines and     transitions, using the spray for the more static realistic features. We’ll see where that brings us in the period to come.

 

 

tumblr_ng5h8nNCbY1rp2h1mo1_1280A lot of artists want to be published on art blogs. It seems that in these days a painted wall does not exists without re-blogging. What’s your Pov?

M: A lot of art blogs want to publish art. I think it’s a two way street of taking and giving. The art bloggers only exist because of the art, and the artists are depending more and more on the blogs to get their work to the public’s eye. Especially starting up as a young talent a blog can give them a break that they need, depending on the reach of that particular blog. I think it’s a good thing, because the good pieces will always come afloat sooner or later. Everybody has the chance to make it happen nowadays, as long as your work is of a certain quality and taste.
The downside is that magazines die out, there’s like 2 magazines left in the shop where i used to find at least 25.

T: They exist in the real world, but the online world is getting bigger and bigger. To exist there you need help, you need reblogging to reach a big audience. The internet is a great platform for artists in general. It made the world much smaller and much easier to go international. If a movie or music album isn’t posted or reblogged by different platforms or people it wouldn’t get very far nowadays.

tumblr_n68idoHDAA1rp2h1mo1_r1_1280Someone said: “a wall is a very big weapon”. Do you find the same nowadays, while we’re surrounded by millions of billboards? I mean, don’t you find even thinner the line between art and ads?

M: Art is commercialized in any way possible, and the most lucrative way would be through ads or commercials. I always felt it is kind of a marketing
driven sport. Graffiti is marketing, but marketing to a smaller community because of the stigma it carries. Street art is the label
that fully commercializes a certain form of graffiti, and i think the line between ad and art is at it’s thinnest. A lot of artists get to do
their own styles for commercialized purposes, the freedom is bigger and that’s what pulls the ads toward real art. But there’s
always a limit to what a respected artist can do in the commercial world to keep being respected i think.

T: It’s true that walls are a great way to make your mark, you could see street art murals as advertisement for the work. But that is a whole different thing than commercial advertisement.
Street art is there to beautify, to make dull and empty spots look interesting. I don’t think there is anybody who thinks their city looks better because of all the billboard ads.

tumblr_nonw7b6EPm1rp2h1mo1_1280What role do you find galleries can play in helping an artist to emerge from the streets?

T&M: I think the same role as art blogs and other companies or initiatives affiliated with art. A gallery can give an artist a boost in stature and
fame, which is what artists need to survive. But it all depends on which gallery also, some galleries work for themselves and some work
for the artist for the sake of their gallery. In other words, some are in it for the money and some are in it for the love.

tumblr_n40ohm1Ggp1rp2h1mo1_1280Let’s talk for a while about the past, how was your beginnings in graffiti? What do you see when you look back?

M: I just know i wanted to paint. In school, classes, sports and other activities i didn’t have the same feeling as i did when i painted.
Painting gives me a feeling of accomplishment and development in a very specific and direct way. You start painting and at the end of the
day you have a result, you have a prize and you have a feeling of being productive. That mechanism gives me an obsessive drive for
painting. When i started i used to pack up 30 to 40 cans, divided in a back pack and a plastic bag, to travel a long way within my own country to
be able to practice my spray can techniques. And most of the time i did that alone. Just because i didn’t really care for partying, school, or
stuff like that. I cared most about painting.

T: I really can’t remember a time when I wasn’t making or creating some kind of artwork. The love for Art is always there. But Ten years ago I went with Miel to try spray cans for the first time. Immediately I got hooked on graffiti and street art. We started working together and never stopped painting since. There is no greater thing than creating, to make something from nothing.

tumblr_mub50oMDCt1rp2h1mo1_1280Is it something you are comfortable with, or would you like to erase your earlier works?

M: I would never erase anything, even the ugliest stuff can give the right push to do it a lot better next time. And with age pieces tend to grow on me.
If i look at some stuff i used to do, i just get a happy feeling of perseverance. All of that stuff made me who i am.

T: No, Erasing work would be the same as ripping pages out of a book. Than the story wouldn’t make sense anymore.

Small curiosity, when you were 13, what did you want to be?

T&M: Painters

tumblr_nonwnmnWpy1rp2h1mo1_1280Of all the projects you’ve done, which has been most satisfying?

M: The TelmoMiel project. I mean we’ve done cool stuff like doing a short movie with Selina Miles in Missouri USA, painting
a club in Beirut and in Abu Dhabi and loads of cool festivals like Malta street art festival and HX in Helsingborg Sweden. But
overall i think the main project or company that we started in 2012 has given me the most satisfaction. That Telmo and
i work so ridiculously well together, never had a fight, and just the fact that we’re making it happen makes me proud and hungry
for more.

T: The most satisfying project so far was the Barn Beautification project we did together with Selina Miles in Missouri. It was a very personal piece for a great big family. A lot of people like our work or think it’s beautiful, but to see how moved the Robertson’s were because of our mural was something else.

tumblr_nnifg7S3cF1rp2h1mo1_1280What would your dream project be? I mean theme, location, size…

M: Dream project would be for me to have the opportunity to set up a street art location in Holland with grand murals, to have a place
to paint whenever i’d like near my home. But also then i’d be able to invite all the cool people and artists that we’ve met in the last couple of
years to paint murals and just enjoy life. Giving something back to those who helped us to get where we are would mean a lot to me.

T: To organise our own big Mural Festival in Holland, and give street art also here the recognition it deserves.

What’s next for you? What shows or projects do you have planned?

T&M: We’re honoured to be headlining Upfest this year, we’ll be leaving next week. Also we will use that trip to do something on Brick Lane, so after Bristol we’ll go to London. At the end of the month we’ll be opening our new gallery/studio in Rotterdam called Sober Collective store.
Then in August a big mural project in Drammen, Norway. And September will be crazy hectic painting a mural at Lollapalooza Berlin,
a mural in Belgium for the ’ beste buren ’ project, participating in Livin’ Streets in Austria and a cool mural project in Iceland
at the end of September. The end of the year will be something special too, going to New Zealand doing murals and a big exhibition.
Looking forward to all that cool stuff.. makes us feel very blessed!

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