Startsky: “As you have seen most of these walls are in a relatively depressed neighborhood with a lot of vacant houses but it differs from block to block. Your wall is about 80 ft tall and is owned by a man who has done nothing with the building for years. It faces a major road called North avenue. This wall could be more open, although some sort of comment on gentrification/development would be really great.”
Hutch: “Gentrification is a good or a bad thing? No problem, I will think about inmediately… Let´s do something big!”…when little things are big things are little things are…
Startsky: “Como has podido comprobar la mayoría de estas paredes se encuentran en un barrio relativamente deprimido con una gran cantidad de casas vacías, aunque esto varía de un bloque a otro. Tu pared es de unos 24 metros de altura y es propiedad de un hombre que no ha hecho nada con el edificio durante años. Esta frente a una avenida principal llamada North Avenue. Este muro podría ser muy abierto, aunque algún comentario sobre la gentrificación / desarrollo sería realmente genial “.
Hutch: “La gentrificación es algo bueno o malo? No te preocupes, voy a pensar inmediatamente … Vamos a hacer algo grande! “
// Fresh Paint / Valencia, Spain
Next time stop me before I get ill again!! / La próxima vez detenganme antes de que enferme de nuevo!
“Be quick or be dead” / “Actua con rapidez o muere”
“Why can´t some people respect fast food?” / “Porqué alguna gente no puede respetar la comida rápida?”
” Stop… in the name of illness” / “Detente… en el nombre de la enfermedad”
// Profesional Painter / Valencia, Spain …searching for a job!
/ by the way, it´s nice to remember a great piece from a great artist… done some years before… God save to Eltono
“La España de las harcas no tuvo nunca poetas. De Franco han sido y siguen siendo los arzobispos pero no los poetas. En este reparto injusto, desigual y forzoso, del lado de las harcas cayeron los obispos y del lado del éxodo, los poetas”
/ León Felipe ( Español del exodo y del llanto)
/ … How to Isolate nature on a nature island!
-Daddy…why is this wall painted ?
-It looks much nicer like this. And these are plants and trees that you can found in the island.
-These are house plants… because in the mountains they are bigger and they smell better.
-Papa… porqué está pintada la pared?
-Asi se vé mucho más bonito. Además son plantas y arboles que puedes encontrar en la isla.
-Son plantas de casa… porque en la montaña son más grandes y huelen mejor.
(Photo revisited from Mahmud Turkia)
/ the painter: Can you explain me why the stone on the roof?
/ the farmer: The roof is so lightweight. When a strong wind comes, the roof is raised. The weight of the stone is balancing the roof. Common Sense!
/…30 mn later /
/ the farmer: Can you explain me why you painted a stone on the wall?
/ the painter: The wall is so lightweight. When you look at the wall, the view is raised to the stone. The weight of the painted stone is balancing the wall. Common Sense!
/ el pintor: ¿Me puede explicar porqué hay una piedra en el techo?
/ el granjero: El tejado es muy ligero. Cuando llega un viento fuerte, el tejado se levanta. El peso de la piedra está equilibrando el tejado. Sentido común!
30 mn más tarde…
/ el granjero: ¿Me puede explicar porqué ha pintado una piedra en la pared?
/ el pintor: La pared es muy ligera. Cuando miras a la pared, la vista se levanta hacia la piedra. El peso de la piedra pintada está quilibrando la pared. Sentido común!
// Bananas / Ordes, Spain ( Amor Vacui )
/ by the way, it´s nice to remember a great piece from a great artist… done some years before… God save to Nano4814
First to leave to Leningrad (St.Petersburg), we tried to visit the Lenin mausoleum in Moscow… Unfortunately, some Olympic Games celebration was blocking the entrance.
…what a wonderfull world!!
// Winter / Leningrad, Russia
// Heil / Moscu, Russia
I was invited to paint a façade in Moscow for an event called “the best city on the Earth”…. Ups!! Sounds like Moscow government need to do some positive propaganda to recover certain credibility and Street Art is always a good choice. I´m totally agree!
After one denied sketch that “aparently” occupied bigger space than available at the wall, I tryed with a friendlier idea: a big hand making a big salute.
The idea was approved in three diferent levels (Curators, Culture Departement and Government), so I was so happy that so many people liked the drawing.
The façade was located in a privileged site ( Звонарский переулок, Moscow, Rusia), in the main centre of Moscow, t 50 meters from a FSB building (ex-KGB); Just in front of Sanduny Banya, the most famous bathhouse in the city, where rich people go to relax, naked and in good company, share some vodka and caviar with friends. That´s a perfect location to draw this big hand and say Hello!
// Red Winter. 2013
// Lenin speaking at a meeting in Sverdlov Square in Moscow on 5 May 1920. Censored photograph without Trotsky and Kamenev, who were standing on the steps of the platform. (reloaded in a contemporary edition)
After a few months meditation, we start again with some changes in blog, structure and mind. Time goes fast and everything´s changing all around. Street is a nice place to play, but we are not totally agree on how the game´s coming, so lets try to push it with different rules.
It doesn´t matter if escif have blonde or dark hair; If it´s an artist, or a group of artists, or if it´s your mother´s hairdresser. The focus is on the direction to work on the street. We feel that a street intervention have sense not because there´s an artist behind, but because there is a viewer before.
Street isn´t an art gallery, nor a museum, nor a gift shop. Fortunately! Art tag is a frontier between a street intervention and the viewer. The market and the politicians monopolise street for its own benefit, against people. We have the oportunity to face this with a different language. We don´t feel on art just to promote ourself. We feel on art to propose a different use of públic space.
The meaning behind a street piece is the meaning that the viewer build around it. The artist explanation doesn´t matter at all. A big dick in a bridge in front of the KGB building is a big dick in a bridge in front of the KGB building. If the authors had explained that the real meaning of this piece was just the spring arrival, it doesn´t matter. For people who faced this piece it will continue being a big dick in front of the KGB building. Bravo!
We don´t want to promote any manifest, nor to convince nobody about our feelings. These are just words, full of contradictions and words, mostly, are blown with the wind.
So, lets try with images!
// Antorcha (Barcelona, Spain)
/”eat meat” /”drink shit”
Don´t forget … Wash your teeth before going to sleep!
Let´s dance with the classics!!!
// I´m hungry!!! (Barcelona, Spain)
// Special Offer (Barcelona, Spain…. and coming soon close to yours)
// Underground (Barcelona)
Guau…. I finally found the passage to real underground…. Let´s go!
Horsens have had a really bad reputation in Denmark. In the 1980s-90s people linked Horsens with social problems, violent people and crime – it didn’t really help Horsens’ image that Horsens State Prison housed some of the worst criminals since 1853 that had a tendency to stay in city when they got out jail. By closing the prison in 2006 and a strong focus on art and culture Horsens is trying at it’s best to change this projected image and the city is now full of music and culture.
// How to survive Horsen (Horsen, Denmark)