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Emo Wants the World to Respect Jersey Graffiti
Seeing loud and energetic pieces pull up on gleaming metal trains is a rare sight in the US nowadays. While painting trains is a concept born in The Bronx, these days it’s more ubiquitous in Europe and other countries outside the States. There are some heads still putting in low-key work here in the States, but most writers keep their flicks close and away from prying public eyes, since laws can be draconian and repercussions severe. Occasionally people post their own work online, but generally the scene is kept pretty quiet.
The Jersey Fresh Jam is New Jersey’s premiere Hip Hop festival. Since 2005, the event has grown from a small, humble event into one the most respected celebrations of Hip Hop culture on the east coast. At the twilight of every summer, aerosol artists from far and wide converge to adorn the walls of Terracycle INC with their signature masterpieces, while local and regionally known emcees, bands, and DJs provide the soundtrack for the days festivities. This event is free and open to the public. Come and share the excitement! Drone footage graciously provided by Seahage
It’s been a few months since I posted anything up here and the world has flipped upside, especially in my part of the woods. With a global pandemic changing everything, followed by a series of horrific events related to racism in our country, the world seems desperate and divided. It felt right to paint something that could spread a little positivity so I went with a “Love Over Hate” lettering approach. Nothing too crazy, just simple, straightforward with a little style…haha. Check it out!
I was originally working on this collection of letters for the 36 Days of Type project, but was sidetracked by the COVID-19 craziness and decided to stop at “Z”. In any case, I am happy with how these turned out. I’ve always been really critical of my own letters and making sure they have good flow and movement. Graffiti should feel like the letter have come to life. I was also intrigued to play with layering different types of mediums and the abstraction of the form. Alphabeta is an exploration of those two things. Here is what I came up with…
Here are a few video interviews I did about the Aerosol exhibition at Morris Museum. Big thanks to Discover Jersey Arts and an extra huge shoutout to Charley Pellecer and the team at Saint Films for documenting this show!
Also, I worked on the title artwork for the first film…check out the still below.
I’ve got a limited run of my 36 Days of Type book. Check it out! You can pick one up here.