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Graffiti & Hip Hop

When I was a teenager and starting to really fall in love with hip hop, I bought into the culture entirely. I learned about the 4 elements of hip hop; rhyming, djing, breaking and, last but not least, graffiti. I have been into graffiti for as long as I could remember. I also grew up in the 80s, which is when hip hop culture was really starting to form and gain exposure. So I really believed that it was the hip hop movement that spawned this artform called graffiti, and that it was basically the visual aspect of a larger culture.

It wasn’t until years later, when I was completely immersed in graffiti culture and knowing where it truly came from that I took notice that graffiti was its own thing. It didn’t seem to “belong” to hip hop quite as much as I had once believed. Maybe it was because I took notice that in my day, and even in the early days of graffiti, there were a ton of writers who didn’t care much for hip hop at all. Now that could have been just the artform growing away from its roots, or maybe it was just a different, more realistic truth.

I recently watched the movie called Just To Get A Rep. There was plenty of interviews with old school train writers from the seventies like Blade, Comet and Stay High 149 along with graffiti historians like Martha Cooper, Henry Chalfant and Charlie Ahearn. I think they said it best and really set the record straight on the true distinction between graffiti and hip hop. Check out this clip to hear what some old school writers have to say about the origins of graffiti and hip hop.

That being said, although this artform wasn’t birthed in any way by hip hop, it certainly has been adopted by it as the undisputed visual aspect of that culture. I think that’s a great thing, because hip hop has grown so fast over the years and has helped expose graffiti as an artform to millions of people who might have otherwise never known much about it. But the truth must be known and we, as writers, need to know our roots and history.

Respect the past. Create the future.

Let’s get ready to rumbleeeee!!!!!!!!

I’ll be one of the competitors in the Jersey Shore Aerosol Art Battle Against Hunger on November 13th. Should be a really cool event. Come see me and a bunch of other dope artists battle it out for a good cause. Here are the details…

 

Jersey Fresh Jam and Colorest Art Supplies Presents
Jersey Shore Aerosol Art Battle Against Hunger

Sunday, November 13 · 12:00pm – 5:00pm
160 Newman Springs Road, East Red Bank, NJ 07701

Sponsored by Montana Paint and Cresent Graffiti Paper

Battling:
Demer VS Wallnuts, Stie FH, Klark IYA VS, Sye TC5 , Ras VS, Elan Wonder Fresh Collective, Luv One Sage Collective, 2Ils Rockswell SIC TMB, Spek BCK, Arez808 PFE-EV +more

Guest Judges: Rain VS , Dezo TC5

Showcasing Artists:
Mike Ciccotello
Skullboy
Will Kasso
Lee Bernardo
Mike Ciccotello

What is an Aerosol Art Battle?
A theme is given the day of the event. Then artists are given an equal amount of time to complete their art on space provided. Example, canvas, Crescent Graffiti, Paper, wood. A qualified panel of judges base the art on different criteria, lettering, concept, color, composition, originality and technique.

Black Book Battle
Open to everyone.. Bring your own Markers
Register at Noon or anytime before event at Colorest during business hours.

Crescent will provide all on-time attendees with Black Book. Colorest will be providing some art materials, although contestants are urged to bring materials such as: colored pencils, markers, paint markers etc. to compete in battle. Sharing could take away valuable time! Registration is limited!

Rules:
Registrants will be given a topic to use for inspiration, they will be allowed (?) minutes to complete this piece. Then Judges will pick winner based on same criteria for Aerosol Event. If you have never competed and wants some tips take our workshop from 12-2 on Saturday 11/12 with Leon Rainbow (Judge) for tips and tricks!

What is a Black Book Battle?
Similar to the aerosol event but, instead of painting on large surfaces you draw, paint and design all on paper. Black books are a place
for artists to put down ideas, Crescent® Graffiti Paper™ is designed specifically for spray paints, acrylics and won’t dry out markers. Great place for artists to sketch or experiment anywhere inspiration strikes.

 

Let’s get ready to rumbleeeee!!!!!!!!

I’ll be one of the competitors in the Jersey Shore Aerosol Art Battle Against Hunger on November 13th. Should be a really cool event. Come see me and a bunch of other dope artists battle it out for a good cause. Here are the details…

 

Jersey Fresh Jam and Colorest Art Supplies Presents
Jersey Shore Aerosol Art Battle Against Hunger

Sunday, November 13 · 12:00pm – 5:00pm
160 Newman Springs Road, East Red Bank, NJ 07701

Sponsored by Montana Paint and Cresent Graffiti Paper

Battling:
Demer VS Wallnuts, Stie FH, Klark IYA VS, Sye TC5 , Ras VS, Elan Wonder Fresh Collective, Luv One Sage Collective, 2Ils Rockswell SIC TMB, Spek BCK, Arez808 PFE-EV +more

Guest Judges: Rain VS , Dezo TC5

Showcasing Artists:
Mike Ciccotello
Skullboy
Will Kasso
Lee Bernardo
Mike Ciccotello

What is an Aerosol Art Battle?
A theme is given the day of the event. Then artists are given an equal amount of time to complete their art on space provided. Example, canvas, Crescent Graffiti, Paper, wood. A qualified panel of judges base the art on different criteria, lettering, concept, color, composition, originality and technique.

Black Book Battle
Open to everyone.. Bring your own Markers
Register at Noon or anytime before event at Colorest during business hours.

Crescent will provide all on-time attendees with Black Book. Colorest will be providing some art materials, although contestants are urged to bring materials such as: colored pencils, markers, paint markers etc. to compete in battle. Sharing could take away valuable time! Registration is limited!

Rules:
Registrants will be given a topic to use for inspiration, they will be allowed (?) minutes to complete this piece. Then Judges will pick winner based on same criteria for Aerosol Event. If you have never competed and wants some tips take our workshop from 12-2 on Saturday 11/12 with Leon Rainbow (Judge) for tips and tricks!

What is a Black Book Battle?
Similar to the aerosol event but, instead of painting on large surfaces you draw, paint and design all on paper. Black books are a place
for artists to put down ideas, Crescent® Graffiti Paper™ is designed specifically for spray paints, acrylics and won’t dry out markers. Great place for artists to sketch or experiment anywhere inspiration strikes.