I’m a huge fan of Star Wars and have been loving the Mandalorian series and the new Book of Boba Fett series on Disney+. Being a child of the seventies, the first three Star Wars movies will always have a special place in my heart. Even back then, everyone knew Boba Fett was the only bad guy who was so bad ass, you kinda liked him…haha!
Anyway, it’s really cool to see the new series sort of pick up where Return of the Jedi left off almost 40 YEARS AGO! That’s crazy!
I was inspired so I whipped up this sketch…check it out!
Over the years, I’ve done a lot of painting at all types of gyms, fitness centers, athletic centers and basically any type of facility related to athletics from crossfit to gymnastics to powerlifting and even home gyms! One thing is for sure, people like to get amped up while the work out (not to mention a cool wall to take some selfies in front of…haha). I thought it would be cool to take a look at all of this work in one spot, so here it is!
I’ve painted with a lot of people over the years, but always enjoy rockin’ with my long time friend, Klas! I got a lot of love for this dude cuz we hooked up in the mid-90s and partnered up for a while and worked our way up the ranks in Jersey. He always put in a ton of work though and went on to become a Jersey bombing legend and clean train monster! It was always an experience painting with this dude, whether in a yard or at a wall…talking graff, politics or pretty much anything.
That’s why it was so cool to finally get a chance to paint with him after more than 20 YEARS! We decided to go big and rock some big ol’ styled out roller pieces. Felt just like a time machine back to the 90s…a few beers and lots of laughs…or maybe it was the other way around…I can’t remember. Haha!
I’ve always been fascinated about what makes graffiti artists choose a particular spot to paint. Some times it’s about high visibility and other times it’s about safety and seclusion. Whatever the reason might be, we invade these spaces, sometimes with heavy planning and other times it could be totally spontaneous. I always felt a bit like an urban explorer. Graffiti has taken me to some pretty strange places over the years.
Back in 2010, I had spent some time thinking about all of this and decided to start a website that was less about the graffiti but the total environment of the spaces we create our art. The site was called Graffiti Spaces and was basically a person photography project of mine. It only last a year or so, but I wanted to document some of the photos I posted because there were some good ones in there.
2020 was a really strange year in more ways than I care to remember. With so much going on in the world, I barely had time to really think about painting and struggled with finding the inspiration or energy to really get busy in the way I normally would. I guess it was time to explore some ways I wasn’t so familiar. I picked up an Oculus Quest VR headset a few months back and was browsing the app store one day and came across KingSpray by the awesome teams of developers at Infectious Ape. I was totally blown away by how well executed the experience is. They did a great job of recreating a real life graffiti simulation in virtual reality. From the way can control is pressure sensitive to how the paint goes on wet and dries quickly, it all feels very realistic. They have real world fat and skinny caps, and they even have a whole library of real colors by Ironlak. And the environments are really cool too. They have subway stations and freight yards, and alleyways and rooftops and more. All designed in great detail and with interactive tools like ladders and buckets to stand on.
Another really cool factor is that it has an online mode where you can “paint” virtually with up to four people from anywhere around the world. I’ve had a chance to paint with writers from Montreal, New Mexico, LA, China and even as far as Australia! I look forward to continue working on more walls with cool writers in the future. I would even go as far as saying this platform is a great way to practice and experiment in VR and that it could absolutely translate to better executing in real life. I could even see it as a great way to give graffiti lessons virtually.
Here are some pics of a few walls I’ve worked on recently…
I was originally working on this collection of letters for the 36 Days of Type project, but was sidetracked by the craziness of life 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…
I had the honor of being chosen as one of the artists to create an installation for an exhibition at Morris Museum in Morristown, New Jersey named “Aerosol: Graffiti | Street Art | New Jersey | Now”. Here is a write up from Morris Museum:
New Jersey—uniquely positioned between Philadelphia and New York City, the two historic centers of graffiti and street art—plays a vital role in the ever-evolving aerosol art narrative. This exhibition, co-curated by Will Kasso Condry, celebrates the vitality of graffiti writing and street art in New Jersey today through the work of twelve established and emergent artists, painted directly on the Museum’s walls.
Participating Artists 4sakn, Acet TM7, Dave Mek One Klama, Dean Ras Innocenzi, Demerock, Distort, Elan One, Felipe Prox One Rivas, Jonathan Conner (LANK), Leon Rainbow, Maliq Griffin and Will Kasso Condry
I’ve got to give a huge shout out to Will Kasso for including me in this show and creating a stellar lineup, Ron Labaco and Dr. Cleveland Johnson of the Morris Museum for opening your doors to us, all of the other artists for pushing the culture forward and everyone who has helped make this show a success.
Aerosol runs until March 15, 2020. Visit Morris Museum for more info.