A few days back, I posted a video of a talk given by the accomplished artist Askew One, which, among many things, touches upon the differences between “Street Art,” and “Post Graffiti” in his opinion. So I’m thrilled to follow up on that today with a new interview with the talented NY-based New Zealander artist. Considering I’ve been working to help facilitate large scale public murals for the last few years, I’m extremely interested in his thoughts on the complexities of the scene, whether or not it’s called “Street Art, where graffiti fits in, and so on. I hope you enjoy reading Askew’s thoughts on this space as much as I did! [Read More]
POW! WOW! JAPAN 2016 starts today! I was lucky enough to be there last year during the first POW! WOW! JAPAN. This year the mural festival and accompanying events are going down in Kobe, a city in Kansai, near Osaka and Kyoto. It’s a lovely place – I lived there for about 5 years during high school. Funnily enough, many of the murals are going up on my old high school. You can follow the fun on their Instagram account.
Two of my favorite artists recently collaborated for the very first time, which is kind of surprising when you consider what great friends they are. Of course when Aaron De La Cruz (interviewed) and Sam Rodriguez (interviewed) finally decided to combine forces, the result was nothing short of impressive. A great new mural addition to SF’s Excelsior neighborhood. Find it at the corner of Mission St. & Onondaga Ave. Photos by Kenneth Berling-Orozco. [View Gallery]
The talented homie Jeff Gress has just launched a typography-driven timed print with the good people at 1xRun today. Based in Hawaii, Jeff is a super talented typographer who does all sorts of amazing custom lettering. I’ve been lucky enough to work alongside Jeff during several POW! WOW! mural festivals and nobody works harder than he does.
Happy Monday! Here’s an awesome article from Fast Co. Exist about Los Angeles-based Native American artist Jaque Fragua.
Some more great coverage of the recent POW! WOW! LONG BEACH 2016 mural festival I helped produce, via Havoc TV. This clip features incredibly talented Hawaii-based artist Defer, who really has a lot of great things to say about the event, and really nails how much extra work goes into it. It also features amazing French artist Kashink, who I was lucky enough to meet during the event. There’s a chat super-accomplished photographer, Martha Cooper, who was also in Long Beach, documenting the event. And last but not least, a visit with my new friend Pantonio, who painted at the wonderful Aquarium of the Pacific.