Got the new Roots album today, its been getting great reviews but I find some of it a little bland, unlike some of the grizzlier forces on their last album Rising Down. Anyway, this tune featuring with Joanna Newsom is banging. love it.
Archive for June, 2010
This is another of the pieces I did for Eurotrash. Tis only a small paper piece, weighing in around 60cm x 45cm, may be less, can’t remember. This was part of a lil side project I started earlier in the year but haven’t really continued yet.
I wanted to look at the stiff and stuffy portraits of the Victorian aristocracy and break then down a lil with the more playful graffiti text. The British took Hong Kong under conditions that even they knew were illegal but reconciled their action by the fact that European laws and codes of ethics didn’t apply in Asia as those people were seen as mere savages. I love that word. Its disgusting and arrogant and funny now in the context of Asia’s might (and in the savage actions of the so-called civilized West…Iraq, ahem) Of course the Irish were also considered savages. Many people see graffiti as a savage act too. So in this series of portraits (ok, this is the only one so far) I want to subvert the civilized with a lil bit of the savage.
Yikes, been ages since I posted (I’m blaming the World Cup). I’m waiting on shots of my canvases to come through from LA so I can get them up here. These are the 3 large(ish) paper pieces I did for Eurotrash.
I’ve always liked the similarity between Wellington’s Redcoats and LA’s badman gang The Bloods. Since the show was in LA, albeit a million miles from gangland I thought I’d put an OG twist on the pieces with gangsta rap titles.
This is We Come Strapped (Compton’s Most Wanted album) and below are N Gatz We Truss (from South Central Cartel’s 1994 album) and The Booming System, not exactly gangsta but I felt LL Cool J’s title worked well with these boys loading up the canon.
One week on and here are a few flix of the Eurotrash show, currently running in LA. All photos thanks to Ian at Wallkandy of course. I’ll be back soon with shots of my individual pieces from the show.
I was alerted to this bit of advertising via Beard Puncher and The Denver Egotist a few days back and then just tonight i spoke to the guys who helped us secure this wall. Well if its not the the bad-men vandals with their chrome and black its the advertising guys going over my work in NY’s Meatpacking district.
I don’t mind too much, although I’d prefer if it was dogged over by some writers instead of this corporate fuck you. It is a shame as American Crew only got permission to advertise on the wall for 2 weeks, while my piece has been there for almost 2 years. Anyway, it is kinda funny as last month I just shaved off 11 years of dreadlocks. Hair loss indeed.
I’m back from my Israel/Palestine adventure 2 weeks now, and it already feels like a dream. I’ve been interested in the area for a while so I thought it would make a good trip, and an even better film (Andy is slaving away in the editing suite of Conor HQ as we speak).
My paintings are about power structures and opposing elements (blah blah blah) and we certainly got that taste of difference with painting in both Tel Aviv, the Israeli capital of cool, and Bethlehem, Palestine’s walled-in birthplace of some dude called Jesus.
I painted this small piece on my last day in Palestine. We had visited this refugee camp just North of Bethlehem a couple of days earlier so I thought it would be a good spot to come back and paint. I always like incorporating existing pieces of graffiti into my walls whenever possible, and the chance of working with Arabic script was too good to pass up. I was informed half way though the piece that the blue script immediately above the ship translates as ‘storm’.